Biodiversity and ecosystems

Elsevier,

Rhizosphere, Volume 16, December 2020, 100271

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores plant growth promoting properties of the fungal endophytes isolated from sunchoke and some medicinal plants.
Advancing SDG 15, this article assesses the success of restoration actions performed at a limestone quarry.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores how different root categories influence the composition of root and rhizosphere microbial communities in young peach trees.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores how common phycophagy is among collembolan species inhabiting extreme habitats and a temperate spruce forest. The authors conclude that soil phototrophic microorganisms should be considered an important channel for nutrient cycling in soil communities.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores how interactions between microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling influence the accumulation of mineral nitrogen that is vulnerable to leaching in agroecosystems.
Elsevier,

30th November 2020

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources for a food-secure future. In support of this year's theme - 'Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity' - Elsevier presents a curated, open access collection of over 60 journal articles to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy soil ecosystems.
This article highlights the winning proposals of the fifth edition of the Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. The winning proposals were chosen for their innovative green chemistry aspects and their large positive impact on the environment, contributing to SDGs 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
2019 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge second prize winner, Dr. Ankur Patwardhan
In 2019, Dr. Ankur Patwardhan, Head of the Biodiversity Department at Maharashtra Education Society’s Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, India, was awarded the second prize in the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. Contributing to SDGs 13 and 15, his project, “Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health”, focused on the plant-pollinator interactions that play a vital role in maintaining ecosystem balance and aimed at enhancing floral visits by butterflies through the development of natural attractant formulations. One year later, we interviewed Dr. Patwardhan about his experience at the Challenge, as well as the upcoming steps for his project.
This book chapter addresses goals 12, 14 and 15 by discussing the debate surrounding the role of biodegradable plastics in solving plastic solid waste accumulation and assisting the transition toward a circular economy, in turn encouraging more sustainable communities and responsible consumption.
This book chapter addresses goals 14, 13 and 6 by looking at climate change and the threats to deep sea benthic habitats.

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