Special Issue: Green Management for Sustainable Sugar Industry
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Sugarcane has been cultivated for human and animal consumption for centuries, and in recent years, its potential is being increasingly exploited for its immense agro-industrial value. World sugarcane production has more than 500 years of history and integrates the agricultural activities of growing, harvesting and transportation of sugarcane with industrial production in sugar mills and integrated industries viz. ethanol, power, feed, paper, board and bio-based products. Sugar industry and sugar crops are a potential source of renewable energy, bio-fuels, bio-electricity and bio-materials, as well as a food crop and widely recognized as a source of rural livelihoods and socio-economic transformation in developing countries. Like many other industries, the sugar and sugar-bioproduct industries are facing important sustainability issues and opportunities. The relatively low and fluctuating profit from sugar, surpluses of sugar, world-wide trend to produce alternative from renewable raw material, reduce greenhouse gases, water- and energy-intensive factories and refineries, and increased consumer demands for sustainably manufactured products are putting pressure on the industries to diversify for sustainability. The progressive transition from conventional sugar mill and distilleries to bio-refineries, coupled with climate change, has led to multiple problems encompassing crop vulnerability to biotic and abiotic stress, high cost of production as well as its adverse impact on environment, which are serious concerns. World over, systematic efforts are underway to determine critical issues that threaten the environmental and economic sustainability of sugar industry and green management intervention to improve their profitability and productivity vis-a-vis a reduction in the cost of production.
This special issue of Sugar Tech is a unique collection of a total of 21 review articles and research papers based on the views and experience of many experts, highlighting the existing knowledge of Green Technologies and its benefits for sustainable sugarcane production and industry. Besides, it will also include articles on the use of sugarcane as raw material in bio-refineries to produce sugar and biomass-based value-added products and derivatives in cleaner environment.
Dr. S. Solomon
Dr. S. Solomon received his Doctorate degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (India) and joined Agricultural Research Service of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR-Ministry of Agriculture) in 1977. As a Director of the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, he was actively involved in the development and transfer of relevant technologies to the sugarcane farmers and industry for their sustainable development. During his 36 years of research career, he has published over 120 research papers, 22 books and many technical reports for the benefit of global sugar industry. He has done pioneering work on sugarcane quality and post-harvest management of sugarcane. Dr. Solomon is the President of Society for Sugar Research and Promotion and Vice-President of the International Association of Professionals in Sugar and Integrated Industries (IAPSIT) and on the advisory bodies of many national and international organizations. As an advisor he has visited Brazil, Australia, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Iran, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Thailand, etc. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal-Sugar Tech, published by Springer, and also organized many international sugar conferences.
The Government of China bestowed on him the most prestigious honour-Friendship Award in 2005 in view of his active role in promoting collaboration and partnership amongst sugar producing countries. Besides, he is a recipient of many international honours and awards viz., JinXiu Qui Award, P.R. China (2005), Award of Excellence-IAPSIT(2006), Sinai University Peace Award-Al Arish University, Egypt (2008), Global Award of Excellence-IAPSIT (2008), Indira Gandhi Award (2013), Lifetime Achievement Award-IAPSIT(2014), Lifetime Achievement Award-UPAAS (2014), Hari Om Ashram Trust Award-ICAR(2012-13), Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award-ICAR and Noel Deerr Gold Medal-STAI (2014, 2016) and Leadership Excellence Award (2018) from Thailand Society of Sugarcane and Sugar Technologists. He represented the Indian scientists delegation at International Society of Sugarcane Technologists Conference at Chiang Mai in 2016 and also at Udon Thani (Thailand) in 2018. He is a member of many national and international societies and on the Board of leading agricultural universities and research institutions in the country.
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Dr. Sudhir Kumar Shukla
Dr. S K started his career as scientist in 1993, passed Agricultural Research Services (ARS) in 1991 and served at Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, for more than 24 years. He has made outstanding contributions in the field of Sugarcane-Based Cropping System Research. His major research work is focused on improving carbon sequestration in sugarcane-based system in changing climatic scenario, role of bio agents, viz. Trichoderma and Gluconacetobacter, in modulating rhizospheric environment and improving crop productivity, optimizing soil moisture regime, deep tillage in plant-ratoon system and its effect on soil carbon, water, nutrient use efficiencies and crop yield. His pioneering contribution on sugarcane trash management and improving sprouting of winter-initiated ratoon through K fertilization and conservation agriculture has ample scope for improving crop productivity vis-à-vis reducing cost of production and sustaining soil health in Uttar Pradesh.
He has published more than 60 research papers, 5 books, 12 book chapters, 10 technical bulletins and 20 reports. Dr Shukla guided and trained 17 students of B.Tech., M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. He is a recipient of Noel Deerr Gold Medal for outstanding contributions in carbon sequestration in sugarcane-based system, Pt. Ram Ratan Smrati Samman for outstanding work in field of agriculture and M. S. Swaminathan Award for outstanding work in Sugarcane Agriculture, recipient of Indian Society of Agronomy (ISA) Fellow-2014, FAI Award for outstanding work on integrated nutrient management in sugarcane in 2014. He was also awarded UPAAS Fellow-2014 in the field of Natural Resource Management from Uttar Pradesh Academy of Agricultural Sciences (UPAAS) and Society of Agricultural Professionals (SAP) Gold medal-2015 for outstanding work in Natural Resource Management. He received Outstanding Scientist award-2015 from International Society of Plant Sciences, Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences. He has presented over 60 papers in national and international forum.