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Special Issue "Sustainable Biorefinery for the Production of Plant-Based Products"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Maryline Abert-Vian
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Green Extraction Team, Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, INRA, Avignon Cedex, France
Interests: green extraction; alternative solvent; natural products
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Dear Colleagues,

Around the world, different measures are being taken to move from today's fossil-based economy to a more sustainable economy based on greater use of renewable feedstocks. In the coming decades, biorefinery and biomass will play a crucial role as we move towards a bio-based economy. Thus, the development of new sustainable plant-based value chains is therefore a highly interesting approach. Biorefining is defined as the sustainable processing of biomass into a range of marketable plant-based products. Similar to the value of refinery to fossil fuel resources, biorefinery is important in the utilization of biomass for the production of bioproducts.

The present Special Issue aims to collect and publish recent advances in the area of this following biorefinery pathway: the production of plant-based products derived from primary and secondary metabolites from sustainable resources (agricultural products, cellulosic biomass, aquatic and marine biomass; agri-food chain wastes and byproducts, microorganisms). We welcome all reviews and research articles dealing with the following subjects.

Dr. Maryline Abert-Vian
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Bio-based economy
  • Circular economy
  • Design of biorefinery
  • Biomass deconstruction
  • Value-added products
  • Green extraction technologies
  • Plant-based value chain

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An Overview on Total Valorization of Litsea cubeba as a New Woody Oil Plant Resource toward a Zero-Waste Biorefinery
Molecules 2021, 26(13), 3948; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26133948 - 28 Jun 2021
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With the increasing global demand for edible oils and the restriction of arable land minimum in China, woody oil plants have gradually become the optimal solution to cover the shortage of current edible oil supply and to further improve the self-sufficiency rate. However, [...] Read more.
With the increasing global demand for edible oils and the restriction of arable land minimum in China, woody oil plants have gradually become the optimal solution to cover the shortage of current edible oil supply and to further improve the self-sufficiency rate. However, due to the lack of knowledge and technique, problems like “how to make full use of these plant resources?” and “how to guide consumers with reasonable data?” limit the development of woody oilseed industry towards a sustainable circular economy. In this review, several emerging unique woody oil plants in China were introduced, among which Litsea cubeba as a new woody oil plant was highlighted as a reference case based on its current research progress. Unlike other woody oil plants, essential oil rather than oil from Litsea cubeba has always been the main product through the years due to its interesting biological activities. Most importantly, its major component, citral, could be the base for other synthesized perfume compounds with added value. Moreover, the sustainable biorefinery of large amounts of waste residual after Litsea cubeba essential oil processing is now technically feasible, which could inspire a total valorization pathway for other woody oil plants to make more competitive plant-based products with both economic, social, and ecological benefits. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Biorefinery for the Production of Plant-Based Products)
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