Integrated Innovative Biotechnology for Optimization of Environmental Bioprocesses and a Green Economy

  • Jan W. DobrowolskiEmail author
  • Dawid Bedla
  • Tomasz Czech
  • Florian Gambuś
  • Krystyna Górecka
  • Waldemar Kiszczak
  • Tomasz Kuźniar
  • Robert Mazur
  • Agata Nowak
  • Malgorzata Śliwka
  • Obid Tursunov
  • Aleksandra Wagner
  • Jerzy Wieczorek
  • Magdalena Zabochnicka-Świątek


A systematic approach to sustainable management of natural resources incorporates integration of innovative biotechnologies and eco-engineering. Here we review complementary eco-innovations for sustainable development in different regions. One of the newer biotechnologies is laser photostimulation of different species of plants and microorganisms to increase their adaptability to xenobiotics in soil, air, and water. Empirically selected algorithms of laser irradiation significantly increase biodegradation of hydrocarbons, phytoremediation of trace metals by willow Salix sp., elephant grass Miscanthus x giganteus, Virginian mallow Sida hermaphrodita, and to increase tolerance of different species of plants to petrochemical pollutants and efficiency of reclamation of contaminated areas and tolerance to salinity of soil and suboptimal temperatures as well as water deficiency. This biotechnology is also useful for biomass enhancement and bio-energy production under suboptimal conditions for more efficient vegetative multiplication of some vegetables and development of sustainable agriculture, forestry, protection of the landscape, and biodiversity. Integration of transdisciplinary cooperation and application of complementary biotechnologies and innovative methods of environmental pollutant bioremediation (such as wastewater treatment) and reclamation, supported by the implementation of a neural network, can optimize bioprocesses that are useful for a better quality of life, globally. Long-term research-developing studies are supplemented by problem-solving training and case studies in different regions (including ecotourism, recreation, and promotion of ecological culture), long distance education and life-long education for the common action of experts and knowledge-based society, promoting sustainable development that is based on integrated biological sciences and sustainable models of consumption.


Sustainable development Bio-based economy Climate change Adaptation Laser biostimulation Microalgae biomass Bio-energy Bioremediation Biodiversity Environmental education 



The scientific work presented in Sect. 3 was supported by the National Centre for Research and Development, as Strategic Project PS/E/2/66420/10 “Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation: Oxy-combustion technology for PC and FBC boilers with CO2 capture”. The support is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan W. Dobrowolski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dawid Bedla
    • 2
  • Tomasz Czech
    • 2
  • Florian Gambuś
    • 2
  • Krystyna Górecka
    • 3
  • Waldemar Kiszczak
    • 3
  • Tomasz Kuźniar
    • 2
  • Robert Mazur
    • 1
  • Agata Nowak
    • 4
  • Malgorzata Śliwka
    • 1
  • Obid Tursunov
    • 1
  • Aleksandra Wagner
    • 1
  • Jerzy Wieczorek
    • 2
  • Magdalena Zabochnicka-Świątek
    • 5
  1. 1.AGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakówPoland
  2. 2.University of Agriculture in KrakowKrakowPoland
  3. 3.Research Institute of Horticulture in SkierniewiceSkierniewicePoland
  4. 4.Poznań University of Life SciencesPoznańPoland
  5. 5.Institute of Environmental EngineeringCzestochowa University of TechnologyCzęstochowaPoland

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