Biodiversity and ecosystems

This article addresses goals 13, 14, and 15 by discussing the common methods of evaluating the management of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in natural environments.
This journal article addresses goals 3, 12 and 15 by looking at public perceptions of, and attitudes towards, synthetic biology and its applications to agriculture and food production.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explored the effect of three decades of different soil management systems and winter crops in Brazil.
Advancing SDG 15, this article reviews the implication of endophytic/rhizosphere non–rhizobial nodule bacteria on the plant's resistance to salinity stress.

Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Volume 136, September 2019, 107536

Advancing SDG 15, this article provides a user-friendly guide to help researchers address a wider variety of soil biodiversity in their studies by discussing and critically analysing the various potentials and limitations of diverse methods to study distinct groups of soil life.

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 109, December 2018, Pages 163-172.

Contributing to SDG's 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land), this review explores scientific progress in analytical methods, pollution characteristics and ecological effects of microplastics in soils.
Manual chamber-based measurements of CO2 (and H2O) fluxes are important for understanding ecosystem carbon metabolism. Small opaque chambers can be used to measure leaf, stem and soil respiration. Larger transparent chambers can be used to measure net ecosystem exchange of CO2, and small jars often serve this purpose for laboratory incubations of soil and plant material. Advancing SDG 15, this article explores an open source software called Flux Puppy which facilitates chamber-based flux measurements in the field and laboratory

Damia Barcelo and Thomas Knepper, TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 30 July 2019

This microplastics special issue compiled by Trends in Analytical Chemistry supports many of the SDGs, namely SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 116, July 2019, Pages 346-359.

Focussing on SDG's 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 14 (life below water), this review piece identifies limitations in current methodologies and practices used to study microplastics in seafood. Future studies may be improved by harmonising research methods, including sampling, isolation, quantification, polymer identification, and contamination management procedures.

Building and Environment, Volume 158, 2019, Pages 133-144, ISSN 0360-1323

Contributing to goals 11, 13 and 15, this article discusses the significance of integrating green spaces into urban projects to minimise biodiversity loss and incorporate the existing ecosystem services on offer.