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Sustainable Treatment of Organic Pollutants and Microbial Degradation for Environmental Sustainability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 April 2025 | Viewed by 112

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College of Life Sciences, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Interests: emerging organic pollutants; instrumental analysis; microbial degradation; bioremediation; plant uptake and transformation
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Reserch Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Guangzhou, China
Interests: emerging contaminants; microbial degradation; invasive plants; mangrove ecology and environment, plant uptake and transformation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With rapid industrialization and urbanization, organic pollutants continue to accumulate, leading to increasingly prominent environmental issues. The sustainable treatment of organic pollutants has become a focus of global attention. Microbial degradation technology is receiving increasing attention due to its efficiency and environmental friendliness, i.e., microbial degradation not only effectively degrades harmful substances but also converts them into environmentally friendly products. Therefore, research on sustainable treatment methods for organic pollutants and the role of microorganisms in this process is crucial for achieving environmental sustainability.

This Special Issue aims to report on the latest investigations of the pollution status and hazards of organic pollutants in some typical environments such as farmlands, rivers, and coastal wetlands; explore the latest advances in the field of organic pollutant management; and focus on the application of microbial degradation technology in environmental sustainability. We invite researchers, scholars, and practitioners to submit original research papers and review articles on relevant topics to jointly explore the frontier issues in the field of organic pollutant management and promote the integration of environmental protection and sustainable development.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pollution characteristics and evolution trends of organic pollutants in typical environments;
  • Environmental behaviors and toxic effects of organic pollutants in different environmental media;
  • Efficient degradation bacteria screening from various habitat sources of pollutants;
  • Mechanisms of microbial degradation of organic pollutants;
  • Techniques to enhance microbial degradation capabilities;
  • Construction and application of composite degradation bacterial communities;
  • Microbial degradation technologies in wastewater treatment;
  • Application of biofilm technology in organic pollutant treatment.

Dr. Haiming Zhao
Dr. Jiliang Cheng
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • organic pollutant
  • microbial degradation
  • environmental sustainability
  • wastewater treatment
  • biofilm technology
  • pollutant treatment

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