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Waivers Available

For articles submitted in 2023 and 2024, Biotechnology for the Environment has waivers available to offer that can be requested upon submission and allocated on acceptance. Once the standard peer review process has been completed and the Editors have made a decision to accept the article, authors without funding available won’t need to pay an APC. Enquire here for more information.

Biotechnology at BMC: A new family of companion journals

At BMC, we are very excited to introduce a new family of companion journals in Biotechnology. This new family builds on, and better connects, existing leader BMC journals in the field, and expands the portfolio with new high-quality gold open access journals, aiming to support the same community of scientists.

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Biotechnology for the Environment is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon.

Aims and Scope

Biotechnology for the Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed journal featuring studies that explore the advancements and applications of biotechnology for environmental management, protection, and sustainability, including agriculture and forestry. The journal also aims to advance the discussion around the complex interplay between environmental issues and bioproduction through insightful and diverse research.

The main areas in scope are, but not only limited to:

  • Environmental clean-up, decontamination and improvement of water and wastewater, air, and soil, including pollution prevention and treatment, bioremediation, and biodegradation of pollutants and emerging contaminants
  • Resources and waste, hazardous waste management, and landfill management
  • Biotechnology for sustainable water and land management
  • Sustainable catchments and renewable energy (such as biotreatment in water harvesting, wetland systems management, conversion of gaseous pollutants to biofuels, etc.)
  • Industrial biotechnology and bioproduction supporting sustainability and responsible environmental management
  • Biotechnology for production of biodetergents, biopesticides and biofertilizers
  • Ecogenomics and environmental biotechnology
  • Biotechnology for agriculture and forestry, including genetic modification
  • Policy issues and debates.

Please see Full Aims and Scope Here

Meet the Editors

New Content ItemDr Shashi Kant Bhatia, Associate Editor
Shashi Kant Bhatia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, and has more than ten years of experience in the area of biowastes valorization into bioplastic, bioenergy, and biochemicals. Dr. Bhatia has contributed extensively to the industrial press and served as an editorial board member and Associate Editor for several peer-reviewed journals, including Microbial Cell Factories. He has published more than 150 research and review articles on industrial biotechnology, bioenergy production, biomaterial, biotransformation, microbial fermentation, and enzyme technology in international scientific peer-reviewed journals, edited 4 books, and holds 12 international patents. He was selected to the Top 2% Scientist List of Stanford University. He earned an M.Sc and a Ph.D. in biotechnology at Himachal Pradesh University (India). He has qualified JNU combined biotechnology entrance, DBT-JRF, GATE, CSIR exams. Dr. Bhatia has worked as a Brain Pool Post Doc Fellow at Konkuk University (2014–2016), South Korea.

New Content ItemProf Mingfeng Cao, Associate Editor
Mingfeng Cao is the Minjiang Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the Director of the Institute of Bioengineering, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory at Xiamen Laboratory, China. He was awarded his PhD from Nankai University in 2011, and between 2011-2013 worked as a Research Associate at Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed postdoctoral studies at Iowa State University and was a Research Scientist at University of Illinois from 2018-2021. His research focuses on the development of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering strategies to establish microbial cell factories for value-added and green chemical production. Dr. Cao has published over 50 journal articles and filed more than 10 patents. He also serves as the Associate Editor for several peer-reviewed journals like Microbial Cell Factories and Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts.

New Content ItemDr Ning He, Associate Editor
Ning He is now working as Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Xiamen University, China. She was awarded her PhD in Fermentation Engineering from Jiangnan University in 2002. Between 2005 and 2006 she worked as a postdoctor at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany, and had some experiences as a visiting scholar in 2016 and 2019 at the State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. Her research focuses on microbial manufacturing, including the development of technologies to enhance the efficiency of biological manufacturing processes, and analyzing the physiological characteristics and metabolic mechanisms of microbial cells. Dr. He has published over 100 journal articles and filed more than 20 patents. She also serves as the Associate Editor for Microbial Cell Factories.

New Content ItemSachin Kumar, PhD, Associate Editor
Sachin Kumar is a Scientist in the Animal Nutrition Division, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India. He received his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, India, and joined the Agricultural Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Dr. Kumar pursued post-doctoral training at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO) Agriculture and Food, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Kumar served as an expert of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in the Expert Meeting on “Alternative and advanced feed practices to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials”. Dr. Kumar is working in the areas of rumen microbiology, nutraceuticals, and biotechnology. He has handled research projects of different sponsoring agency such as Indo-USA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DBT, DST, NASF, NDDB, ICAR, and NDRI, as principal and co-principal investigator. He has developed safe and eco-friendly probiotic technologies and filed a patent. He has also developed synbiotic formulations to enhance the growth of calves and to improve the gut health of neonatal calves. He has isolated, characterized and deposited about 130 novel microbial cultures form indigenous animals to national repository of ICAR. He has published 60 research papers and edited two books. 

New Content ItemProf Tae Seok Moon, Associate Editor
Prof. Moon is an EBRC council member, the Moonshot Bio founder, and the SynBYSS chair. He aims to solve global agricultural, environmental, manufacturing, and health problems through engineering biology. His research projects have been supported by Gates Foundation and 12 different US agencies (23 external grants), and he has secured >$10M (>$37M for the entire teams since 2012). These projects and his prior efforts have resulted in 83 publications, 155 invited talks, and 10 patents. His achievements have been recognized with awards, including a Langer Prize, a B&B Daniel I.C. Wang Award, an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, and a John Sluder Fellowship (MIT) to name some.

See the whole Editorial Board Here