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Bio-Economy in Greece: Current Trends and the Road Ahead

References 1. McNeill JR, Engelke P Mensch und Umwelt im Zeitalter des Anthropozan. In: Iriye A Geschichte der Welt 1945 bis heute. Die globalisierte Welt. C.H. Beck, München, S. 2013, 357-534 2. El-Chichakli B, Braun J von, Lang C, Barben D, Philip J. Five cornerstones for a global Bio-economy. Nature. 2016, 535:221-223 3. UN (2015b) The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. access: 5. Okt. 2016 4. EC (2012) Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bio-economy for

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Ricinus communis L. (Castor bean), a potential multi-purpose environmental crop for improved and integrated phytoremediation


Phytoremediation is a plant based environmental cleanup technology to contain (rendering less toxic), sequester and degrade contaminated susbtrates. As can be seen from data metrics, it is gaining cosiderable importance globally. Phytoremediation approach is being applied for cleanup of inorganic (potentially toxic metals), organic (persistent, emergent, poly-acromatic hydrocarbons and crude oil etc.) and co-contaminated (mixture of inorganic and organic) and/or polluted sites globally. Recently new approaches of utilizing abundantly available natural organic amendments have yielded significant results. Ricinus communis L. (Castor bean) is an important multipurpose crop viz., Agricultural, Energy, Environmental and Industrial crop. The current status of knowledge is abundant but scattered which need to be exploited for sustainable development. This review collates and evaluates all the scattered information and provides a critical view on the possible options for exploiting its potential as follows: 1. Origin and distribution, 2. Lead toxicity bioassays, 3. Progress in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-assisted phytoremediation, 4. Promising bioenergy crop that can be linked to pytoremediation, 5. A renewable source for many bioproducts with rich chemical diversity, 6. It is a good biomonitor and bioindicator of atmospheric pollution in urban areas, 7. Enhanced chelate aided remediation, 8. Its rhizospheric processes accelerate natural attenuation, 9. It is suitable for remediation of crude oil contaminated soil, 10. It is an ideal candidate for aided phytostabilization, 11. Castor bean is a wizard for phytoremediation and 12. Its use in combined phytoextraction and ecocatalysis. Further, the knowledge gaps and scope for future research on sustainable co-generation of value chain and value addition biobased products for sustainable circular economy and environmental security are described in this paper.

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Can biotechnology contribute to the development of research and innovation smart specialization strategy (RIS3) in Central and East European countries? Reminiscences from the European Workshop

Republic, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Government Office of the Slovak Republic: Implementation plan. Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of the Slovak Republic. 2017. 4. . 5. . 6. Paneghetti L, Gallotta A, Parrozzani Ch, Fassina G. Biomarkers development for early detection of cancer: Reducing the burden of cancer in the

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Biocomposites based on collagen and keratin with properties for agriculture and industrie applications

, Jurkovič P, Niculescu M. Application of Collagen Colloid from Chrome Shavings for Innovative Polycondensation Adhesives. In: Fourth Scientific and Technical Conference IUFRO Sofia, Bulgaria 2011. 5. Matyasovsky J, Jurkovic P, Skultety J, et al. Collagen and keratin as environmentally friendly natural polymers for modification of wood adhesives. In: Proceedings of 2nd International Scientific Conference “Wood-Science-Economy” Poznan, Poland 2017; 1: 73. 6. Matyasovsky J, Sedliacik J, Novak I, et al., Antioxidant Activity of Keratin Hydrolysates Studied by DSC

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Solid-state fermentation of paper sludge to obtain spores of the fungus Trichoderma asperellum

. Donmez A, Yelb H, Boranc S, Pesmand E. Cement type composite panels manufactured using paper mill sludge as filler. Constr Build Mater 2017; 142: 410–416. 15. Lai T, Pham T, Adjallé K, Montplaisir D, Brouillette F, Barnabé S. Production of Trichoderma reesei RUT C-30 lignocellulolytic enzymes using paper sludge as fermentation substrate: An approach for on-site manufacturing of enzymes for biorefineries. Waste Biomass Valori 2017; 8 (4): 1081–1088. 16. Korhonen J, Honkasalo A, Seppälä J. Circular Economy: The Concept and its Limitations. Ecol Econ 2018

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Nanobiotechnology Medical Applications: Overcoming Challenges Through Innovation

References 1. Iavicoli I, Leso V, Ricciardi W, Hodson LL, Hoover MD. Opportunities and challenges of nanotechnology in the green economy. Environ Health 2014; 13:78. 2. Hutchison JE. The Road to Sustainable Nanotechnology: Challenges, Progress and Opportunities. ACS Sustain Chem Eng 2016; 4:5907-5914. 3. Cheng HN, Doemeny LJ, Geraci CL, Grob Schmidt D. Nanotechnology Overview: Opportunities and Challenges. Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise Volume 1. Volume 1220: American Chemical Society, 2016

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The first year with the Journal of Electrical Bioimpedance (JEB)

The Journal of Electrical Bioimpedance (joeb) is now one year old and it is time to look back and also revise our strategy for the future. The general idea behind joeb was to create an open access, no publication fee, online, scientific journal for bioimpedance research. Coming from the physics field, we strongly believe in open access as the future solution for a more globally including research policy and practice. The latest results from international research should always be readily available to everyone, regardless the economy of their university or

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