This section publishes research on waste management within the circular economy, its environmental impact in agroecosystems and soils, the sustainable use of waste as a by-product in agroecosystems, treatment technologies and new products from waste treatment. This section also welcomes studies addressing the implications of waste management and treatment innovations on policy, regulation and public perception.
Waste Management in Agroecosystems, a specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, publishes original, peer reviewed research on organic waste generation, treatment, agricultural use, soil remediation and environmental impact. The section focuses on the 3Rs concept - Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse - on which the Circular Economy is based. Articles within this scope should provide scientific and technical information on organic waste generation, characterization, treatment and transformation into quality products that can be used in agroecosystems and other productive sectors, as well as for ecological restoration. Organic waste from urban areas, agriculture and the food industry are considered; however, other waste products such as packaging materials, glass, plastics and non-organic hazardous material are not covered by the section.
Scientific high-quality original, review and short contribution articles are considered for publication within the following subjects:
· Waste management within the circular economy
· Sustainable use of organic waste as a by-product in agroecosystems
· Organic waste treatment technologies: bioprocessing and bioconversion
· New products from waste treatment and product quality
· Environmental impact of organic waste in agroecosystems: greenhouse gas emissions, life-cycle analysis and food safety
· Waste management in soil pollution and remediation
· Organic waste as an amendment for remediation of contaminated or degraded soils
· Waste management and soil-plant systems
· Policy and regulations in organic waste management
Waste Management in Agroecosystems especially welcomes studies that take interdisciplinary approaches, covering waste treatment technologies associated with bioconversion or bioproduction of added-value materials for sustainable agriculture and their implications for the environment and the soil-plant system. Studies addressing the implications of waste management and treatment innovations on policy, regulation and public perception are also welcome. Detailed physiological or biochemical analyses of the biological components of plant, animal or microorganism systems will not be considered.
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Waste Management in Agroecosystems welcomes submissions of the following article types: Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Waste Management in Agroecosystems, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Waste Management in Agroecosystems will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Sustainable Food Systems.
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