This special issue explores the influence that insects and other invertebrates have on ecosystem services and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and makes a case for insect science to promote a sustainability science approach.
2018 First prize winner Dr. Prajwal Rajbhandari
In 2018, Dr. Prajwal Rajbhandari was awarded the first prize of the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge for his project, “Guava leaves as natural preservatives for farmers of Nepal.” Due to a lack of viable non-toxic preservatives, or cold chain technologies, one-third of Nepal’s produce is spoiled before it reaches market each year. Dr. Rajbhandari’s project taps the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of guava leaves to make a water-based, sprayable natural preservative, contributing to SDGs 2, 12 and 15. Two years later, we interviewed Dr. Rajbhandari about his experience as a winner, as well as the upcoming steps for his project.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages v-ix, ISSN 2214-5745,

In this editorial overview, we provide mini-reviews of insects' utility to achieve the SDGs, taking examples from both temperate and tropical countries.
Advancing SDG 15, this article aimed to isolate, characterize (biochemically and molecularly) and assess the potential of cowpea nodulating/maize associated rhizobia for plant growth promotion.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the impact of microbial inoculation on resident microbial communities.
Advancing SDG 15, this article examines whether urbanisation affects isopod diversity and if this depends on habitat soil type.
This article supports SDGs 2, 13, and 15 by showcasing how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments should be distributed and monitered for rural development, supporting both the European Green Deal and green COVID-19 recovery.
Elsevier,

One Earth, VOLUME 3, ISSUE 2, P176-186, AUGUST 21, 2020

This article supports SDGs 2, 13, and 15 by explaining several measures that can be adopted to restore and maximize degraded farmlands while reinforcing multiple SDGs.
Elsevier,

Current opinion in insect science, Volume 40, 1 August 2020

UN Sustainable Development Goals depend on insect functional integrity.Tropical insect diversity is essential for healthy ecosystems. Global changes alter tropical insect ecology and ecosystem services. The untapped biodiversity of the tropics demands substantial research advancement.
Advancing SDG 15, this article provides an overview of secondary metabolites in soil and root environments.

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