, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 311–312 | Cite as

Special issue: bioremediation of contaminated soil and water: GeoTrop 2017

  • Yiu Fai TsangEmail author
  • Yong Sik Ok
  • Ajit K. Sarmah
  • Bin Cao
  • Ming Hung Wong

This special issue in Biodegradation, with a theme of Bioremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water: GeoTrop 2017, carries peer reviewed manuscripts through open calls and invitation from 20 February to 31 December 2017.

Over 40% of the land mass of the earth lies within the tropics, with almost half of the world’s population. Rapid population growth, urbanization and industrialization have taken place in these areas with special environmental problems, i.e., ecotoxicology of persistent toxic substances in food production. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of information concerning environmental geochemistry in the tropics, compared with other parts of the world. Therefore, the International Conference on Geochemistry in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics (GeoTrop) series is to address various emerging and important environmental issues encountered in the region.

GeoTrop 2017 co-organized by Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, The Education University of Hong Kong, and Kangwon National University, etc., was successfully held in Shenzhen, China from 8 Dec to 11 Dec 2017. This conference aimed to engage experts on the major emerging environmental issues we face as a result of rapid industrialization, while concurrently detailing the linkages between natural and disturbed chemical composition of the earth’s surface, and environmental and human health, focusing on food contamination.

This special issue aims to report the latest research and development on effective biological processes currently available in treating toxic chemicals and remediating contaminated sites. The relevant topics include (1) bioremediation of contaminated soil and water; (2) advanced biological processes for the removal of environmental contamination in agricultural/horticultural/aquaculture industries; (3) biochar for sustainable waste management in agricultural/aquaculture industries; and (4) biological waste recycling in agricultural/horticultural/aquaculture industries.

This issue fills a gap in the current lack of updated and comprehensive information about (1) the degradation of persistent toxic substances with unconventional treatment technologies, and (2) the management, regulation and policy concerning different toxic chemicals.

The Guest Editors are thankful to the Editor-in-Chief for providing an opportunity to publish this special issue. They are also thankful to the staff in the Biodegradation editorial office for their dedication in providing great assistance from the beginning to the end of the review and publication processes.

Our sincere appreciation to all the reviewers for their rigorous review of manuscripts submitted to the special issue. We look forward to meeting you soon. The 3rd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource 2018 (BRW2018) will be held from the 17th to 19th December 2018 at The Education University of Hong Kong.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiu Fai Tsang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yong Sik Ok
    • 2
  • Ajit K. Sarmah
    • 3
  • Bin Cao
    • 4
  • Ming Hung Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Science and Environmental StudiesThe Education University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Division of Environmental Science and Ecological EngineeringKorea Biochar Research Center, Korea UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  4. 4.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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