Special Issue "Feature Papers 2021"

A special issue of Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Fernando Albericio
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Guest Editor
1. Peptide Science Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
2. CIBER-BBN (Networking Centre on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine) and Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: all aspects of the synthesis of peptides and their application in therapy
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will be a collection of "Feature Papers" that contain either cutting-edge research results or comprehensive reviews. The accepted papers will be published free of charge in the open access journal MPs. Authors will be the Editorial Board Members and the researchers invited by the Editorial Office on behalf of Editor-in-Chief.

Prof. Dr. Fernando Albericio
Guest Editor

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Method for Zero-Waste Circular Economy Using Worms for Plastic Agriculture: Augmenting Polystyrene Consumption and Plant Growth
Methods Protoc. 2021, 4(2), 43; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/mps4020043 (registering DOI) - 21 Jun 2021
Abstract
Polystyrene (PS) is one of the major plastics contributing to environmental pollution with its durability and resistance to natural biodegradation. Recent research showed that mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) and superworms (Zophobas morio) are naturally able to consume PS as a [...] Read more.
Polystyrene (PS) is one of the major plastics contributing to environmental pollution with its durability and resistance to natural biodegradation. Recent research showed that mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) and superworms (Zophobas morio) are naturally able to consume PS as a carbon food source and degrade them without observable toxic effects. In this study, we explored the effects of possible food additives and use of worm frass as potential plant fertilizers. We found that small amounts of sucrose and bran increased PS consumption and that the worm frass alone could support dragon fruit cacti (Hylocereus undatus) growth, with superworm frass in particular, supporting better growth and rooting than mealworm frass and control media over a fortnight. As known fish and poultry feed, these findings present worms as a natural solution to simultaneously tackle both the global plastic problem and urban farming issue in a zero-waste sustainable bioremediation cycle. Full article
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