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Special Issue "Recent Advances on Phytotechnologies for Water Treatment and Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022 | Viewed by 445

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR/CIMAR), University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: Water and Wastewater Treatment; Environmental Biotechnology; Phytomanagement; Bioremediation; Phytoremediation; Nature-based solutions; Constructed Wetlands; Floating wetlands; Green roofs and walls; Education for Sustainability, Sustainable cities; Rural development
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Dr. Sofia Isabel Almeida Pereira
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Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal
Interests: environmental biotechnology; phytoremediation; phytomanagement; microbial-assisted phytotechnological approaches; plant–microbe interactions; soil fertility; development of bioinoculant formulations; effects of climate change and related abiotic stresses on plant growth and development
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Dr. Pedro N. Carvalho
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Department of Environmental Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: water treatment technology; phytotechnology; constructed wetlands; biofilm reactors; emerging contaminants; water reuse
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The way in which the occupation of territories has developed and cities have evolved has led to a disruption in natural flows, especially in the water cycle. Currently, we are facing processes of loss, fragmentation, and discontinuity of habitats in urban and rural areas. In addition, their vulnerability is being exacerbated by the impacts of extreme weather events, such as heat waves and rainfall. Cities have become more impermeable and urbanized and the rural landscape is often subject to cultural intensification.

Phytotechnologies can operate at different scales and rely on nature, particularly plants and associated micro-organisms, to generate environmental (e.g., biodiversity conservation/promotion), economic (e.g., job creation), and social (e.g., recreational green areas) benefits. In addition, they play important roles in mitigating the effects of anthropogenic pressures, can help to strengthen ecosystems in order to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The present Special Issue will focus on phytotechnologies used to treat and manage water.

The strategy for increasing the water resilience of territories involves the conversion of mono-functional areas to multi-functional areas using phytotechnologies with the support, if necessary, of existing infrastructures. Within this scope, the purpose of this Special Issue is to highlight studies that describe recent advances in phytotechnologies for water treatment and management.

We would like to invite you to contribute to an important Special Issue of Sustainability focused on the advances of Phytotechnologies for water treatment and management in urban and rural landscapes.

The way in which the occupation of the territory developed and the cities evolved led to a disruption in natural flows, especially in the water cycle. This has been also exacerbated by climate change, that affects water quality and availability. Phytotechnologies by utilizing natural processes to reduce environmental risk are key players to promote environmental pollution cleanup. The strategy for the territory’s resilience involves the transition of mono-functional to multifunctional areas using phytotechnologies. We welcome original research papers, case studies, and systematic reviews on one or more of the following topics:

  • phytotechnologies that have been applied to water treatment or contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • phytotechnologies as multifunctional ecosystem service providers;
  • solutions for water reuse and recycling through the application of phytotechnologies;
  • phytomanagement approaches applied to wastewater; and
  • the latest trends in phytotechnologies as nature-based solutions for urban and rural territories.

Dr. Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
Dr. Sofia Pereira
Dr. Pedro N. Carvalho
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 2000 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.


  • water resources
  • water management, water treatment technologies
  • environmental pollution
  • phytotechnology
  • nature-based solutions
  • ecosystem services
  • sustainable urban development
  • sustainable rural development

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