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Biochar as Soil Amendment: Impact on Soil Properties and Sustainable Resource Management

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ISBN: 9783039282746 9783039282753 Year: Pages: 252 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-275-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Agriculture (General)
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The role of biochar in improving soil fertility is increasingly being recognized and is leading to recommendations of biochar amendment of degraded soils. In addition, biochars offer a sustainable tool for managing organic wastes and to produce added-value products. The benefits of biochar use in agriculture and forestry can span enhanced plant productivity, an increase in soil C stocks, and a reduction of nutrient losses from soil and non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, biochar composition and properties and, therefore, its performance as a soil amendment are highly dependent on the feedstock and pyrolysis conditions. In addition, due to its characteristics, such as high porosity, water retention, and adsorption capacity, there are other applications for biochar that still need to be properly tested. Thus, the 16 original articles contained in this book, which were selected and evaluated for this Special Issue, provide a comprehensive overview of the biological, chemicophysical, biochemical, and environmental aspects of the application of biochar as soil amendment. Specifically, they address the applicability of biochar for nursery growth, its effects on the productivity of various food crops under contrasting conditions, biochar capacity for pesticide retention, assessment of greenhouse gas emissions, and soil carbon dynamics. I would like to thank the contributors, reviewers, and the support of the Agronomy editorial staff, whose professionalism and dedication have made this issue possible.

Advances in Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Production, Volume 2

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ISBN: 9783039286409 / 9783039286416 Year: Pages: 202 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-641-6 Language: eng
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Subject: Technology (General) --- Biotechnology
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Nowadays, we are witnessing highly dynamic research activities related to the intriguing field of biodegradable materials with plastic-like properties. These activities are stimulated by the strengthened public awareness of prevailing ecological issues connected to growing piles of plastic waste and increasing greenhouse gas emissions; this goes hand-in-hand with the ongoing depletion of fossil feedstocks, which are traditionally used to produce full carbon backbone polymers. Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolyesters, a family of plastic-like materials with versatile material properties, are increasing considered to be a future-oriented solution for diminishing these concerns. PHA production is based on renewable resources and occurs in a bio-mediated fashion through the action of living organisms. If accomplished in an optimized way, PHA production and the entire PHA lifecycle are embedded into nature´s closed cycles of carbon. Sustainable and efficient PHA production requires understanding and improvement of all the individual process steps. Holistic improvement of PHA production, applicable on an industrially relevant scale, calls for, inter alia, consolidated knowledge about the enzymatic and genetic particularities of PHA-accumulating organisms, an in-depth understanding of the kinetics of the bioprocess, the selection of appropriate inexpensive fermentation feedstocks, tailoring of PHA composition at the level of its monomeric constituents, optimized biotechnological engineering, and novel strategies for PHA recovery from biomass characterized by low energy and chemical requirements. This Special Issue represents a comprehensive compilation of articles in which these individual aspects have been addressed by globally recognized experts.

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polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), bioprocess design --- carbon dioxide --- cyanobacteria --- upstream processing --- Archaea --- bioeconomy --- biopolyester --- downstream processing --- extremophiles --- haloarchaea --- Haloferax --- halophiles --- polyhydroxyalkanoates --- salinity --- polyhydroxyalkanoates --- terpolymer --- P(3HB-co-3HV-co-4HB) --- Cupriavidus malaysiensis --- polyhydroxyalkanoates --- biomedicine --- biomaterials --- Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) --- tissue engineering --- wound healing --- delivery system --- poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHVB) --- poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) --- bubble column bioreactor --- COMSOL --- microorganism --- PHB --- simulation --- polyhydroxyalkanoate --- PHA --- process analytical technologies --- PAT --- plant oil --- high-cell-density fed-batch --- photon density wave spectroscopy --- PDW --- Ralstonia eutropha --- Cupriavidus necator --- on-line --- in-line --- polyhydroxyalkanoates --- fed-batch --- productivity --- Pseudomonas --- bioreactor --- microaerophilic --- PHA --- viscosity --- non-Newtonian fluid --- fed-batch fermentation --- oxygen transfer --- Pseudomonas putida --- medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoate (mcl-PHA) --- alginate --- biosurfactants --- biopolymer --- Pseudomonas --- blends --- film --- polyhydroxyalkanoates processing --- electrospinning --- additive manufacturing --- selective laser sintering --- fused deposition modeling --- computer-aided wet-spinning --- polyhydroxybutyrate --- tequila bagasse --- hydrolysate detoxification --- activated charcoal --- phenolic compounds --- biomedical application --- cyanobacteria --- feedstocks --- gaseous substrates --- haloarchaea --- high cell density cultivation --- in-line monitoring --- PHA composition --- PHA processing --- polyhydroxyalkanoate --- process engineering --- process simulation --- Pseudomonas sp. --- rheology --- terpolyester --- waste streams

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