Special Issue "The Efficiency of Biochar and Bioslurry toward Sustainable Agriculture and Circular Economy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Keiji Jindo
Guest Editor
Agrosystems Research, Wageningen University & Research, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: organic matter, biochar, smallholder farming, precision agriculture, carbon sequestration
Mr. Hans Langeveld
Guest Editor
Biomass research, 6702 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: nitrogen management, GHG emissions, organic matter, biogas, biomass, land use
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an urgent need to develop organic waste treatment systems that serve the circular economy and fit in a climate abatement agenda, redefining the role of waste management and sustainable agriculture in our society. Biochar and biogas play a crucial role in this process, providing a range of services to agricultural and environmental domains.

Biochar is used for carbon sequestration, reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions and removal of heavy metals. Bioslurry (or digestate) is a liquid organic fertilizer, that can be used to enhance soil structure, provide valuable nutrients in practical ratios and support livestock diets while killing harmful micro-organisms. Together, biochar and bioslurry can play an important role in the development and deployment of effective carbon-negative routes in food as well as energy production. To date, however, information regarding the beneficial roles of the biochar and bioslurry still is quite limited and pitfalls of their uses within the framework of the circular economy across different sectors (agriculture, industry, energy, hydrology, etc.) need further attention.

This Special Issue explores the benefits of biochar and bioslurry application, evaluating their potential role in a sustainable agriculture and the circular economy at large. It aims to bring together a wide range of contributions from researchers working in diverse fields including agronomy, microbiology, chemistry, environmental sciences, economics, and policy sciences. We welcome original scientific articles related to a wide range of biochar and bioslurry use from all parts of the world.

Dr. Keiji Jindo
Mr. Johannes W.A. Langeveld
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • digestate
  • pyrolysis
  • soil
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • water
  • contaminant
  • energy
  • microbial fuel cell

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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