Special Issue "Biorefining and Biological Properties of Natural Compounds from Agricultural and Forestry Waste Biomass"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Valentin Popa
Guest Editor
Department of Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection,”Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University from Iasi, RomaniaBlvd. Mangeron No.71, 700050 Iasi, Romania
Interests: main and secondary compounds of biomass; separation and characterization; biorefining; biological properties; antioxidants; antifungals; plant bioregulators; bioremediation; biotechnology
Dr. Corneliu Tanase
Guest Editor
Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy“George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Târgu Mureș, 38 Gheorghe Marinescu Street, Târgu Mureș, 540139 Mureș, Romania
Interests: pharmaceutical botany; extraction optimization of bioactive compounds from plant materials; development of novel alternative sources of bioactive compounds using wood byproducts; bioactivity of natural products from plant byproducts as bioregulator agents; natural compounds as intermediaries in the biosynthesis of biomedical nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biorefining is the conversion of agricultural and forestry biomass into bioproducts, such as chemicals, fuels, animal feeds, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. The interest in biomass conversion continues to grow. Recent advances in biotechnology are offering new and interesting insights into the characterization and biological activity of bioactive compounds from waste biomass. Contributions to this Special Issue may cover all research aspects related to the biorefining and biological properties of natural compounds from agricultural and forestry waste biomass, including (but not limited to): (1) chemical composition of biomass with reference to extraction, purification, characterization and quantification of biological compounds; (2) biomass valorization using the biorefinery concept with reference to in vitro and in vivo biological properties; and (3) the elucidation of bioactive compounds action mechanisms.

Dr. Valentin Popa
Dr. Corneliu Tanase
Guest Editors

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  • Natural compounds
  • Phytochemicals
  • Plant bioproducts
  • Agrobiomass
  • Added-value products
  • Waste biomass
  • Biorefining
  • Bioactivity

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Effects of Beech Bark Extract in the Sage (Salvia Officinalis L.) Plant Growth and Volatile Oil Profile
Agronomy 2020, 10(5), 676; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10050676 - 11 May 2020
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The use of bioactive compounds can act in growth stimulation and also influence the biosynthesis of the metabolites in plants. The aim of this paper is to assess the influence of the beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) bark crude extract (BBCE) on the [...] Read more.
The use of bioactive compounds can act in growth stimulation and also influence the biosynthesis of the metabolites in plants. The aim of this paper is to assess the influence of the beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) bark crude extract (BBCE) on the growth and development of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) plants. Special attention was given to the analysis of volatile oil obtained from the sage treated plant. Thus, the biological activity of BBCE was assessed by determining the germination capacity, biomass accumulation, histo-anatomical aspects, and photoassimilatory pigment accumulation, quantitative, and qualitative sage volatile oil analysis. The results show stimulation of the biomass and photoassimilatory pigment accumulation. The mesophyll thickness and the vascular tissue surface are smaller in the treated variants, compared to the control. On the other hand, the amount of volatile oil was significantly higher in the treated plants. In the experimental variants, an increase in the quantity of eucalyptol, camphor, camphene, and α-caryophyllene is observed. The amount of eucalyptol increased in the experimental variant, with about 82%, compared to the control. BBCE could be properly used as natural bioregulators because according to our results seems to improve the yield of the sage crop. The results of this research have the potential to contribute greatly to ecological agricultural production. Full article
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