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Microbial Biotechnology to Reduce Microplastic Pollution in Soil

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 74

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Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, LIFE Health and Biosciences Research Institute, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, Moylish Park, V94 E8YF Limerick, Ireland
Interests: microbiology; microalgal biotechnology; molecular biology and genetics of cyanobacteria
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Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, LIFE Health and Biosciences Research Institute, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, Moylish Park, V94 E8YF Limerick, Ireland
Interests: algal biotechnology; environmental biotechnology; soil management; sustainablity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soil represents a fundamental resource for ensuring agricultural productivity and environmental stability. Unfortunately, the health of soil has been declining at an unprecedented rate in recent times, and it is a shared responsibility to address this issue. Among the many factors contributing to soil degradation, microplastic contamination has emerged as a significant and pervasive threat. The infiltration of microplastics into soil ecosystems disrupts microbial activity, hinders plant growth, and poses risks to the entire food web through bioaccumulation.

Several microorganisms, including archaea, bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, and microalgae, have demonstrated their potential in mitigating the adverse effects of microplastic contamination. These microorganisms can interact with microplastics, enhancing their degradation, and thereby reducing their detrimental impact on soil health. Additionally, microbial biomass (processed and/or selected fractions) can help in the reclamation of soil as a natural fertiliser, improving soil structure and fertility.

To further address this issue, there is a growing emphasis on replacing conventional microplastics with sustainably produced biodegradable products. These alternatives, derived from natural materials, are designed to break down more efficiently in the environment, reducing long-term pollution and supporting soil health. The development and adoption of biodegradable plastics represent a crucial step towards a more sustainable future, as they can significantly decrease the volume of persistent plastics in soil and other ecosystems.

This Special Issue encourages interdisciplinary dialogue and inspires transformative solutions to the pressing challenges posed by microplastic contamination in soil health and agricultural sustainability; therefore, we invite authors to contribute their insights and findings on recent developments in microbial biotechnology for addressing microplastic contamination in soil. We welcome a diverse range of contributions, including original research articles and comprehensive review papers that analyse current research trends and emerging paradigms in this field. Additionally, we encourage reviews on innovative, simple, and cost-effective soil improvement technologies, emphasising practical applications that can be readily implemented by farmers and land managers.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Sushanta Kumar Saha
Dr. Hande Ermis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • soil microbiome
  • microplastic contamination
  • soil health crisis
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agricultural productivity and soil ecosystem
  • sustainable soil microbial biotechnology
  • soil restoration
  • microbial degradation of microplastics
  • biofertilizer and biopesticides
  • soil management practices

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