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The development of sustainable waste management strategies has become a major concern throughout the world. Thus, this program focuses on “recycling” and “recovery” of waste material while paving the way towards circular economy, land reclamation, and water and wastewater treatments.    This program will offer a timely opportunity for knowledge exchange among professionals from all over the world to assist the formulation of an efficient sustainable management agenda for biological waste and remediation of soil, water and air in the local context, which satisfies the environmental compatibility, financial feasibility and social needs. It will deliberate on state-of-the-art treatment technologies, advanced management strategies, and political issues pertaining to recycling and recovery of organic waste.Moreover, local and overseas experts from different sectors including academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups, and government departments will be gathered in this program to solicit scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback, facilitating the development of integrated solutions. Experienced industrial practitioners, professional organizations, green groups, as well as government officers are invited to the conference.Occurring on October 26-28, 2021. For more information about this conference follow this link.To see the list of speakers, including Prof. Mohanty, follow this link......

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Prof. Misra spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.The Commons committee is studying the potential effects of such a ban on Canadian small businesses and the plastics production industry, including the impacts on jobs, human health, and the environment.Prof. Misra spoke on behalf of U of G and discussed alternatives to single-use plastics as well as the infrastructure needed to manage compostable plastic waste.Related Articles and Links:Parliament of Canada's notice of Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI)Video link to the ENVI Standing Committee meetingUniversity of Guelph new articleee...

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Held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition involved students presenting their products to a panel of industry representatives in online, science fair-style booths. The online competition allowed members of the public to view innovative plant-based products, including anti-chafing cream, energy balls, yogurt, and 3-D-printed eyeglasses made from ocean waste and soy.This year, both teams from the BDDC placed in the top 3 of their respective categories.In the undergraduate category, Peter Zytner won third place for SOYL Sustainable Products. (Advisors: Profs. Manjusri Misra, School of Engineering, and Amar Mohanty, Plant Agriculture) In the graduate category, Benjamin Maldonado and Aarsha Surendren won second place for Soja Eyewear.(Advisors: Profs. Manjusri Misra, School of Engineering, and Amar Mohanty, Plant Agriculture) For more information about Project SOY Plus, clickhere......

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Both Prof. Mohanty and Prof. Misra were interviewed for the NOVA article, "Could plastic made from bacteria guts help solve our waste crisis?". The article writes, "Despite the efforts of recycling programs and environmental education, it’s still hard for many of us to grasp just how much plastic humans produce. We are on track to produce a billion tons of plastic a year by 2050. Cumulatively, we’ve already produced more than 8.3 billion metric tons since 1950. That’s 20 times the weight of all human beings alive right now".To read the full article, follow this link.They were also featured on the University of Guelph's news page, which can be found here.   ...

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Utkal Today has featured Odisha Prof. Manju Misra as one one WXN Most Powerful Women – Top 100, for 2020. Utkal Today writes, "She is a woman of substance and is a great example to the younger generation. She has proved that with the right amalgamation of dedication, passion and hard work, one can reach heights of success and be a driving force of motivation for many".Click here to read more.   ...

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From March 9-13, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the 12th International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials hosted by the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET).Dr. Mohanty presented his research on March 12, 2021 titled, "Will Bioplastic Alleviate Single-Use Plastic Waste Concern? Challenges on the Journey for Sustainable Alternatives".The 12th chapter of the series, APM 2021, brings together worldwide leading researchers, industrialists and educators from diverse fields for exchanging knowledge and research ideas through online mode. A multidisciplinary approach has been endorsed in this chapter with an aim of taking forward the current research initiatives to a different dimension leading to revolutionary advancement in the existing technology. For more information, click here.   ...

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Link to this article can be found here The authors; Ashton, L., Cruz, G.E., Misra, M., Mohanty, A., Fraser, E., McCormick, M., Wang, T., Snowdon, M., & Corradini, M., write about the role of plastic in our everyday lives and further compare petroleum-based plastic versus bio-based plastic, featured on the Arrell Food Institute's website: "Plastics can be shaped into anything and mimic materials that we need (e.g., leather and rubber). They are widely available and affordable. Although plastics remain an important part of our day-to-day, the amount of waste produced from our reliance on plastics and their persistence in natural environments have severely complicated their management and disposal.Bio-based plastics, which are plastics produced from plants and other renewable sources, show promise in reducing plastic pollution and our reliance on fossils fuels. However, we must consider the trade-offs and benefits of bio-based plastics, how they will fit into our waste management systems and their holistic impacts on human and planetary health". See their Bioplastic Infographic here......

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From March 9-13, 2021, Professor Manjusri Misra attended the 12th International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials hosted by the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET).Dr. Misra presented her research on March 13, 2021 titled, "Biocarbon from Slow Pyrolysis of Non-Food Biomass and Agri-Food Industry Waste and their Biocomposites in Advanced Manufacturing uses: A Pathway to Low-Carbon Economy and a Sustainable Society".The 12th chapter of the series, APM 2021, brings together worldwide leading researchers, industrialists and educators from diverse fields for exchanging knowledge and research ideas through online mode. A multidisciplinary approach has been endorsed in this chapter with an aim of taking forward the current research initiatives to a different dimension leading to revolutionary advancement in the existing technology. For more information, click here......

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From February 24-26, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the international webinar on 2G Biofuels: A Way Forward hosted by Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology. Dr. Mohanty presented his research titled "Improved Utilization of Coproduct from 2G Biofuel Production: Lignin based Biomaterials in New Industrial Uses for a Sustainable Biorefinery".Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology brings together experts discussing key themes on bio-energy systems, bio composites, Lignocellulosic biomass, supply chain, biofuel feedstock, geospatial technology, supercritical water gasification, and advanced biomobility solutions. For more information, click here to view the brochure and agenda.   ...

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From February 23-25, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the Bioproducts Agri-Science Research Cluster webinar hosted by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Dr. Mohanty presented his research on February 24, 2021 titled, "Improved Utilization of Downstream Products from Bioethanol Industry for New Industrial Applications". The Bioproducts AgSci Research Cluster initiative is managed by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). This initiative is a nationally distributed pre-commercial research cluster focused on the development of industrial bioproducts technologies and their feedstocks from the Canadian agriculture sector, supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. For more information on the webinar, click here.   ...

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