Recent and continuing advances in life sciences have predicted that this will be the century of biotechnology. Applied to economic, environmental, health and social scenarios, biotechnology has been versatile in solving various challenging problems and has proved its significance.
Owing to the stupendous growth in various forms of science there has been an alarming increase in the level of environmental degradation in the forms of pollution, climate change, global warming, etc. This situation highlights the need for biotechnology and other sustainable technologies to address and overcome climate change in an effective way. The issue of highest importance to developing countries is reducing the vulnerability of their natural and socio-economic systems to the projected scenarios.
There is a need to emphasise the importance of sustainable development and environment protection in attaining the goal of a sustainable green society, and in order to deliver the benefits of biotechnology the national mission is expected to focus attention on achieving technological breakthroughs by developing very low-cost and eco-friendly methods and devices and making them available to the common man.
India's development scene today is at a tipping point, where opportunities abound and yet the challenges are also unprecedented. This scenario calls for dovetailing efforts to use biotechnology for providing better climate and growth in rural India.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2nd International conference on Bioenergy, Environment and Sustainable Technologies, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Environmental biotechnology
- Microbial conversion of inorganic compounds
- Microbial ecology of biogas systems
- Biological treatment processes
- Solid waste management
- Environmental monitoring and biosensors
- Biofertilizers and biopesticides
- Climate change
- Carbon credit
- Carbon neutral economy
- Climatic and environmental issues
- Carbon balance
- Reduction of GHG
- Energy saving
- Governance for low-carbon communities and infrastructure
Submission of manuscripts: 6 April, 2015