PMED Special Issue: Plasma Agriculture and Food Safety
Christopher M. Sales
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2020
Plasma is an emerging technology in agriculture and the food industry. Ensuring global food security requires sustainable agricultural practices that can meet the demands of increased food production due to the continued growth the world’s population, while also reducing the negative environmental impacts of food production. In addition, consumers are now demanding higher levels of food quality and safety to promote healthier lifestyles.
This special issue is open to submissions for papers describing innovative plasma technologies and solutions being researched and developed to enhance sustainable agriculture practices and to improve food quality and safety.
Suggested topics include:
- The development of plasma to increase food production yields, such as enhancement of seed germination or the use of plasma-activated fertilizer
- Plasma performance and other process requirements compared with alternative approaches used in agriculture and the food industry
- Environmental remediation of soil, water, or air in agriculture or food systems
- Non-thermal plasma use for new agricultural products
- Plasma disinfection/sterilization of foods, packaging, and food production equipment
PMED Special Issue: Sterilization and Prevention of infectious Diseases
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The George Washington University
GREMI UMR 7344 CNRS/Université d'Orléans
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020
The current COVID‐19 pandemic has generated worldwide awareness for the need to decontaminate the environment and to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Due to SARSCoV‐2 (the virus that causes COVID‐19) being newly introduced into the human realm, there is still much uncertainty with regard to spreading of the virus and ways of decontamination.
Plasma has been shown as effective tool against various viruses and bacteria. This issue is open for papers reporting on the development of new, innovative disinfecting solutions or processes likely to be operated in hospitals, care institutions and in any public places where water and soap or hydroalcoholic gels are not convenient or available. People, patients, patient environments and any surfaces or rooms may be targets for disinfection. While papers with a special focus on the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, any report on the potentialities of plasma technology to fight against methicillin resistant strains is relevant.