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Biorefinery Promotes Bio-Circular Economy of Urban and Rural Areas

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Resources and Sustainable Utilization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 244

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Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201210, China
Interests: metabolic regulation of microbiological cell factories; biotechnology for microbial synthesis of important pharmaceutical intermediates/bioactive substances; application of environmental biotechnology
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School of Life Science and Technology, Shanghai Tech University, Shanghai 201210, China
Interests: agricultural waste management; environmental science; microbial biotechnology; ecology; applied and environmental microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to extend this invitation to potentially interested researchers in the field of  bio-circular economy of urban and rural areas. With the growth of population and living standards, the contradiction between the demand for resources and the accumulation of urban and rural solid waste has become increasingly prominent, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the saying goes, garbage is the misplaced resource and it would be useful if solid waste can be transformed into high value-added products by biorefinery, such as organic fertilizer, clean energy, feed, and food. This Special Issue aims to promote a sustainable bio-economy in urban and rural areas. Research articles or reviews on applied technologies and mechanisms, as well as government policies, public opinion analysis, and life cycle assessment, are welcome.

The Special Issue “Biorefinery Promotes Bio-Circular Economy of Urban and Rural Areas” wishes to create a discussion on this topic. It includes, but is not limited to, the following relevant themes:

  • Novel bioproducts and technologies for solid waste management;
  • Process optimization with high-values and high yields, e.g., biogas, fermented feed, composting and mushrooms;
  • Novel contamination remediation and carbon neutrality for solid waste management;
  • Cleaner products, e.g., hydrogen;
  • Utilization of innovative feedstock for downstream production, e.g., levoglucosan;
  • Public opinion analysis for relative strategy;
  • Life cycle assessment.

Dr. Baoguo Zhang
Dr. Guilin Du
Guest Editors

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  • solid waste
  • urban and rural
  • sustainable bio-economy
  • high value-added products

Published Papers

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