Special Issue "Advances of the Biosystems Engineering"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. María Dolores Gómez-López
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Agroforestry Engineering Area, University of Cartagena, 30203 Cartagena, Spain
Interests: aid decision support system; environmental management; new crop systems; water footprint; carbon footprint; LCA
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Prof. Dr. Jesús Montero Martínez
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Regional Centre for Water Research, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 02001 Albacete, Spain
Interests: agricultural buildings; construction engineering; recycled concrete; sprinkle irrigation; solar pumping
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Prof. Dr. Adriana Correa
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Department of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Valladolid, Campus La Yutera, 34004 Palencia, Spain
Interests: environmental sustainability; use of by-product; LCA; renewable energy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biosystems engineering is a relatively recent name for a specialization that has developed naturally for years from traditional Agricultural Engineering, which, in this case, emphasizes even more so the concepts of sustainability and the relationship with the environment in biosystems engineering.

Therefore, this Special Issue is to gather together the knowledge and research experience in the use of science, both pure and applied, and the principles of engineering for the design of buildings, devices, equipment and materials for production, processing and management of agricultural and aquaculture systems, ecosystem services, by-products and waste and natural resources—soil, water, air and energy. Solutions for the production, storage, transport, processing and packaging of agricultural and aquaculture products are also included. All of the above will additionally consider environmental sustainability. Selected works from the XI Congreso Iberico de AgroIngenieria will also be included.

The disciplines to be covered will be:

  • Energy supply;
  • Irrigation engineering;
  • Agricultural power and machinery;
  • Building;
  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Planning of the territory;
  • Greenhouse technology;
  • Animal production technology and aquaculture;
  • Agrifood engineering;
  • Automation and emerging technologies, plus precision agriculture;
  • Use of by-products.

Prof. Dr. María Dolores Gómez-López
Prof. Dr. Jesús Montero Martínez
Prof. Dr. Adriana Correa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • energy
  • irrigation
  • mechanization
  • building
  • environmental sustainability
  • territory
  • greenhouse
  • animal production
  • aquaculture
  • agrifood
  • automation
  • by-products

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Retrofitting Sea Cucumber Nursery Tanks to Recirculating Aquaculture Systems for Highly Intensive Litopenaeus vannamei Aquaculture
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(20), 9478; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/app11209478 - 12 Oct 2021
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Designing good recirculating aquaculture systems (RASs) is challenging in shrimp aquaculture. In this study, two sets of RASs were constructed using sea cucumber nursery tanks for rearing Litopenaeus vannamei. Recirculating aquaculture was supported by key technologies such as sewage collection and aeration [...] Read more.
Designing good recirculating aquaculture systems (RASs) is challenging in shrimp aquaculture. In this study, two sets of RASs were constructed using sea cucumber nursery tanks for rearing Litopenaeus vannamei. Recirculating aquaculture was supported by key technologies such as sewage collection and aeration systems adapted to the rectangular tanks and technologies for the removal of sewage, shrimp shells, and dead individuals. Six-hundred and eighty-five thousand juveniles were selected for rearing in the newly constructed RASs, where the average stocking density was 1013 shrimp/m3. During the recirculating aquaculture period of 53 days, the water temperature of the tanks was 24–31 °C, the salinity was 25–32‰, the pH was 6.4–8.2, the DO was ≥ 4.9 mg/L, the concentration of total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) was maintained between 0.17 and 4.9 mg/L, the concentration of nitrite nitrogen (NO2-N) was between 0.12 and 4.7 mg/L, and the total number of Vibrio bacteria remained between 330 and 9700 cfu/mL. At the end of the experiment, the final average weight of individual shrimp was 13.43 g, and the average yield reached 12.92 kg/m3. The great improvement in growth performance marks a breakthrough in RAS technology of shrimp, and it supports the use of an innovative methodology for the retrofitting and utilization of idle sea cucumber nursery tanks. Full article
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