Mukesh Awasthi

Mukesh Awasthi
Northwest A & F University · Department of Resource and Environmental Science

M.Sc., Ph.D Microbiology; Associate Professor- College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi Province 712100, PR China ; MoRE 2020-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow - University of Boras, Boras, Sweden

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Introduction
Dr. Mukesh Kumar Awasthi is one of the young scientists in the field of Environmental Science and Microbial Technology. His major research interest includes a wide range of microbiology, environment science, biotechnology and bioengineering field. He has >355 publications/ communications, which includes 325 research/ review articles, 3 books, 27 book chapters. He is Life Member of BRSI, ISCA, SBAM, AMI, & NSWA of India; EFB (UK), 4Biomass (Europe), IBA (France).

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This chapter provides a holistic view of technologies of composting and vermicomposting in recent years. The flexible apply of different methods, biochar, additives and bulking agents is summarized, especially highlighting the distinguished contribution of earthworms and microbes to the composting process. Earthworms can improve the porosity of com...
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Composting has been proved to be a viable practice of organic waste management and resource recovery during sustainable development. The final product compost has great potential for organic agriculture, bioremediation and bioenergy, while the major challenge is minimized environmental load and maximized resource recovery. Currently, the composting...
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23 Revised manuscript (clean version) J o u r n a l P r e-p r o o f Journal Pre-proof 2 Abstract 24 This research work evaluated a straight forward approach for pulp bio-bleaching by growing the 25 xylanase producing microorganism (Bacillus pumilus) directly onto the soda pulp and then 26 comparing the results of this approach with effect of the ex...
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This study explored the feasibility of thermosonication (TS)-prestressed inoculum with different fermentation patterns for regulating microbial (post)-fermentation acidification kinetics. Through a Box-Behnken design, stimulative (20 min, 400 W, 33 kHz, 25 oC) and inhibitive (10 min, 600 W, 33 kHz, 20 oC) effects on the acidification capability of...
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Over the past few decades, researchers have worked with copper oxide nanostructures (CONs) to explore their applications in renewable energy conversion and generation. However, the major limitations of this class of nanomaterials are poor electrical conductivity, undesirable optical properties, and low electrochemical capacity, which eventually red...
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The main objective of this review is to provide up to date, brief, irrefutable, organized data on the conducted experiments on a range of emerging recalcitrant compounds such as Diclofenac (DCF), Chlorophenols (CPs), tetracycline (TCs), Triclosan (TCS), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Carbamazepine (CBZ). These compounds were selected from the categories of...
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In this study, the electrooxidation (EO) and membrane processes were used for chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total phenol (TPh) removal from wet scrubber wastewater (WSW). EO experiments were carried out using Al, Fe, SS, Ti, graphite, active carbon cloth electrodes and Box-Behnken design were used for optimization of maximum COD and TPh removal...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate antibiotic resistant fungal (ARF) communities in pig manure (PM) composting employing two different biochar (coconut shell-CSB and bamboo biochar-BB) as amendment. Three treatments (Control, 10% CSB and 10% BB) were designed and indicated with T1 to T3. Experimental results declared that the fungal abund...
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In this “plastic era” with the increased use of plastic in day today's life the accumulation of its degraded products like microplastics or plastic additives such as Bisphenol A(BPA) is also increasing. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical used as a plasticizing agent in clear plastic, building materials, coatings, and epoxy resin. Several enzym...
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Current experimental evidence has revealed that pomegranate peel is a significant source of essential bio compounds, and many of them can be transformed into valorized products. Pomegranate peel can also be used as feedstock to produce fuels and biochemicals. We herein review this pomegranate peel conversion technology and the prospective valorized...
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The global climate crisis and the ongoing increase in fossil-based fuels have led to an alternative solution of using biomass for fuel production. Sugarcane bagasse (SCB) is an agricultural residue with a global production of more than 100 million metric tons and it has various applications in a biorefinery concept. This review brings forth the com...
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Proper waste disposal is a key towards sustainable development. Wastewater treatment is delineated by the application of efficient, economic and novel catalysts. Biochar is derived from the thermochemical conversion of biomass or any carbonaceous materials and is considered as one of the most eco-friendly substitute for activated carbon. Owing to i...
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Modernization and industrialization has undoubtedly revolutionized the food and agro-industrial sector leading to the drastic increase in their productivity and marketing thereby accelerating the amount of agro-industrial food waste generated. In the past few decades the potential of these agro-industrial food waste to serve as bio refineries for t...
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Agrowaste sources can be utilized to produce biogas by anaerobic digestion reaction. Fossil fuels have damaged the environment, while the biogas rectifies the issues related to the environment and climate change problems. Techno-economic analysis of biogas production is followed by nutrient recycling, reducing the greenhouse gas level, biorefinery...
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Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) is one of the five major healthy foods for humans and is recognized as the “king of the world fruit”, which attracts great interest in the phytogenic prebiotics market. Crucially, blueberry fruit is favored for its attractive taste and various functional ingredients (organic acid, phenolic, mineral and vitamin) with multi...
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(S)-1-(1-naphthyl) ethanol (SNE) is a chiral drug intermediate for the production of mevinic acid analog, a potent cholesterol agent. It acts as an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor and is hence used in the synthesis of statins. Statins are lipid-lowering drugs used to lower cholesterol in the body. In our present study, we carried out whole-cell bioredu...
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The development of sustainable and low carbon impact processes for a suitable management of waste and by-products coming from different factors of the industrial value chain like agricultural, forestry and food processing industries. Implementing this will helps to avoid the negative environmental impact and global warming. The application of the c...
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By-products of the meat processing industry which are often discarded as waste are excellent protein substrates for producing bioactive peptides through enzymatic hydrolysis. These peptides have tremendous potential for the development of functional food products but there is scanty information about the regulations on bioactive peptides or product...
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Increases in population and urbanization leads to generation of a large amount of food waste (FW) and its effective waste management is a major concern. But putrescible nature andhigh moisture content is a major limiting factor for cost effective FW valorization. Bioconversion of FWfor the production of value added products is an eco-friendly and e...
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Composting technologies have come a long way, developing from static heaps and windrow composting to smart, artificial intelligence-assisted reactor composting. While in previous years, much attention has been paid to identifying ideal organic waste streams and suitable co-composting candidates, more recent efforts tried to determine novel process-...
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The citric acid (CA) is an organic acid with a global market value of USD 3.6 billion. Due to its non-toxic and biodegradable nature, it is widely used in the food industry and various other industries such as pharmaceutical, biomedical, textile, and leather industries. CA is predominantly produced by Aspergillus niger due to its higher yield and a...
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This review provides an update on the state-of-the art technologies for the valorization of solid waste and its mechanism to generate various bio-products. The organic content of these wastes can be easily utilized by the microbes and produce value-added compounds. Microbial fermentation techniques can be utilized for developing waste biorefinery p...
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Citrus wastes (CW) are normally toxic to anaerobic digestion (AD) because of flavors such as D-limonene. In this study, bacterial community was evaluated during volatile fatty acids (VFAs) production from CW inoculated by sludge in a membrane bioreactor (MBR) using semi-continuous AD with different organic loading rates (OLR). Four treatments inclu...
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Biogas generation using food waste anaerobic co-digestion with activated sludge provides a cleaner addressable system, an excellent solution to global challenges, the increasing energy demands, fuel charges, pollution and wastewater treatment. Regardless of the anaerobic digestate end product values, the technology lacks efficiency and process inst...
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Phytases are a group of digestive enzymes which are commonly used as feed enzymes. These enzymes are used exogenously in the feeds of monogastric animals thereby it improves the digestibility of phosphorous and thus reduces the negative impact of inorganic P excretion on the environment. Even though these enzymes are widely distributed in many life...
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The impact of scleral protein shell (SPS) amendment on bacterial community succession during pig manure (PM) composting were evaluated in the present work. Five treatments representing different dry weight dosage of SPS [0% (T1), 2.5% (T2), 5% (T3), 7.5% (T4), 10% (T5) and 12% (T6)] were applied with initial mixture of raw materials (Wheat straw al...
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The effects of magnesite (MS) on fungi communities and the core fungi complementarity during pig manure (PM) composting were explored. Different dosage of MS [0% (T1), 2.5% (T2), 5% (T3), 7.5% (T4) and 10% (T5)] as amendments mixed with PM for 42 days composting. The results showed the dominant of phyla were Ascomycota (78.87%), Neocallimastigomyco...
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Indiscriminate usage, disposal and recalcitrance of petroleum-based plastics have led to its accumulation leaving a negative impact on the environment. Bioplastics, particularly microbial bioplastics serve as an ecologically sustainable solution to nullify the negative impacts of plastics. Microbial production of biopolymers like Polyhydroxyalkanoa...
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With the huge energy demand inevitably exacerbates the non-renewable resources depletion and ecological-social challenges, renewable energy has become a crucial participant in sustainable strategy. Biorefinery emerged as a sustainable approach and recognized promising transformation platforms for products, to achieve circular bioeconomy which focus...
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The bioremediation of emerging recalcitrant pollutants in wastewater via enzyme biotechnology has been evolving as cost-effective with an input of low-energy technological approach. However, the enzyme based bioremediation technology is still not fully developed at a commercial level. The oxidoreductases being the domineering biocatalysts are promi...
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Recent years have seen upsurge in plastic manufacturing and its utilization in various fields, such as, packaging, household goods, medical applications, and beauty products. Due to various adverse impacts imposed by synthetic plastics on the health of living well-being and the environment, the biopolymers have been emerged out an alternative. Alth...
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Cover crop is an effective practice for improving soil quality and increase soil nutrients. However, the spatio-temporal change of soil phosphorus (P) components and P-solubilizing microorganisms in the process of grass succession is not evident. Here, we studied the variation of soil P components and P-solubilizing bacteria at 0–60 cm soil layer u...
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This study aims to determine the environmental impacts and feasibility of optimizing the production of phenolic-rich bio-oil, via switchgrass microwave catalytic pyrolysis. K3PO4 (Tripotassium phosphate) was used as the catalyst, at different temperatures, throughout this life cycle assessment (LCA) study. Results were compared with non-catalytic m...
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Live microorganisms in the fermented foods termed probiotics and their secondary metabolites with bioactive potential were considered as potential anti-viral capabilities through various mechanisms. Given the importance of functional and fermented foods in disease prevention, there is a need to discuss the contextualization and deep understanding o...
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Integrated pest management as an expression was first mentioned in the literature as early as 1967. Since then, it has had its roots in integrated control methods. Biological weed management practice accounts to be a refined method against targeted weeds. Microbial weed control represents an innovative means to manage troublesome weeds utilizing na...
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Lignin, a highly polymerized organic component of plant cells, is one of the most difficult aromatic substances to degrade. Selective biodegradation under mild conditions is a promising method, but the dynamic variations in lignin monomers during the biodegradation of lignocellulose are not fully understood. In this study, we evaluated the differen...
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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), major group of recalcitrant compounds, poses a serious threat to the health and future of millions of human beings, and other flora and fauna for years to come. A close analysis of various xenobiotics undermines the fact that EDC is structurally diverse chemical compounds generated as a part of anthropogenic a...
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Nutraceuticals have attained substantial attention due to their health-boosting or disease-prevention characteristics. Growing awareness about the potential of nutraceuticals for the prevention and management of diseases afecting human has led to an increase in the market value of nutraceuticals in several billion dollars. Nevertheless, limitations...
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The use of jackfruit peel as a source for natural and fully biodegradable “nanocellulose” (NC) for the production of bioplastics with Azadirachta indica (A. indica) extracts and polyethylene glycol (PEG) for the antibacterial properties is investigated. The characterization of the biocomposite using FT-IR and WXRD was reported. The physicochemical...
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Nanocellulose are nano-sized components which are biodegradable, biocompatible and renewable. It offers mechanical strength and chemical stability in plants and bacteria. The environmental contamination is reduced by employing various bioremediation techniques which uses microorganisms like algae, bacteria and fungi as bio-adsorbents. The bio adsor...
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One of the most significant and difficult jobs in food sustainability, is to make use of waste in the vegetable and fruit processing sectors. The discarded fruits along with their waste materials, is anticipated to have potential use for further industrial purposes via extraction of functional ingredients, extraction of bioactive components, fermen...
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Oil spillage is one of the most common pollutants which brings greater economic loss and damage to the environment. The intensity and amount of the damage may vary depending on factors such as the type of oil, the location of the spill, and the climatic parameters in the area. As for any pollution management, the guidelines are Reduce, Re-use, Reco...
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Soil is considered as a vital natural resource equivalent to air and water which supports growth of the plants and provides habitats to microorganisms. Changes in soil properties, productivity, and, inevitably contamination/stress are the result of urbanisation, industrialization, and long-term use of synthetic fertiliser. Therefore, in the recent...
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This study was carried out to determine the response characteristics of N2O emission, enzyme activities, and functional gene abundances involved in nitrification/denitirification process with biochar and biogas residue amendments during rice straw composting. The results revealed that N2O release mainly occurred during the second fermentation phase...
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This study uses a cost effective and efficient method for production of higher DP (degree of polymerization) Xylooligosaccharides (XOS) from xylan extracted from the waste walnut shells. Copper based metal organic framework (Cu-BTC MOF) was prepared for immobilization of free xylanase (Xy) enzyme by green synthesis method. Both free and immobilized...
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The evolving multidrug resistance in microbes with increasing antibiotic pollution is becoming a severe global crisis. Recent developments on antibiotic remediations by biochar are promising. Advancements in biochar engineering enhanced biochar remediation efficiency to another level through developing new interactions and bonding abilities with an...
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With the rise in global population, industrialization, and economic expansion, the persistent overconsumption of conventional fossil fuels has resulted in the depletion of fossil fuel reserves. This has fuelled the need to investigate and boost scientific research efforts on sustainable and renewable bioenergy feedstock. A substitute that can minim...
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Liquid biphasic system (LBS) is a promising green extraction technology for the valorization of β-amylase from sweet potato slurry. In the present study, β-amylase was purified from sweet potato slurry in a polyethylene glycol-citrate liquid biphasic system. Its processing factors require refinement, and its green processing elements need to be ass...
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Lignocellulose waste was served as promising raw material for bioethanol production. Bioethanol was considered to be a potential alternative energy to take the place of fossil fuels. Lignocellulosic biomass synthesized by plants is regenerative, sufficient and cheap source for bioethanol production. The biotransformation of lignocellulose could exh...
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Livestock farming and its products provide a diverse range of benefits for our day-to-day life. However, the ever-increasing demand for farmed animals has raised concerns about waste management and its impact on the environment. Worldwide, cattle produce enormous amounts of manure, which is detrimental to soil properties if poorly managed. Waste ma...
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Bio-based fuels and chemicals through the biorefinery approach has gained significant interest as an alternative platform for the petroleum-derived processes as these biobased processes are noticed to have positive environmental and societal impacts. Decades of research was involved in understanding the diversity of microorganisms in different habi...
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The use of agricultural residue as a substrate and implementation of nanomaterials for cellulase immobilization can improve the efficiency at higher temperature and will lead to reduce the cost of cellulose-assisted biofuel production. The immobilization utilizing cellulase with amino, chitosan, or polymeric functionalities enhanced stability, acti...
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Increasing population, industrialization, and economic growth cause several adverse impacts on the existing environment and living being. Therefore, rising pollutants load and their mitigation strategies, as well as achieving energy requirements while reducing reliance on fossil fuels are the key areas, which needs significant consideration for sus...
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Increased industrialization demand using synthetic dyes in the newspaper, cosmetics, textiles, food, and leather industries. As a consequence, harmful chemicals from dye industries are released into water reservoirs with numerous structural components of synthetic dyes, which are hazardous to the ecosystem, plants and humans. The discharge of synth...
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Nanocellulose fibers are widely acknowledged as a more sustainable alternative to polyimide and polyethylene terephthalate-based plastic films derived from petrochemicals. Cellulose is also utilised in packaging, tissue engineering, electronic, optical, and sensor applications, pharmaceutical applications, cosmetic applications, insulation, water f...
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With the present climate change and increasing world population, there is an urgent need to discover creative, efficient, and cost-effective natural products for the benefit of humanity. Biosurfactants are produced by various microorganisms that have several distinct properties compared to other synthetic surfactants, including mild production cond...
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Bacterial metabolites are one of the primary sources of drugs that we currently use to treat several diseases. However, bacterial drug discovery and development is a challenging and time-consuming process, and the emergence of new diseases and the development of resistance to currently available drugs demand the discovery of new metabolites with be...
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Oligosaccharides are the sugars made up of 3–10 saccharides units and one of the classes of prebiotics obtained from various biowastes. These biowastes could include rice straw, husk, spent coffee grounds, sugarcane bagasse, spent tea leaves, fruits and vegetables peel, corn stalk, corn stover, deoiled meals and brewer's spent grains etc., which ca...
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Biocomposites can effectively be contributed to the development of optical devices to design sustainability, biocompatibility, flexibility, and sensing ability. Many biocomposite derived optical biosensors have been developed in the detection of biomarkers in malignancies such as breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma cancer, and various other disord...
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Catalytic pyrolysis has been widely explored for bio-oil production from lignocellulosic biomass owing to its high feasibility and large-scale production potential. The aim of this review was to summarize recent findings on bio-oil production through catalytic pyrolysis using lignocellulosic biomass as feedstock. Lignocellulosic biomass, structural...
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Synthetic antibiotics have been known for years to combat bacterial antibiotics. But their overuse and resistance have become a concern recently. The antibiotics reach the environment, including soil from the manufacturing process and undigested excretion by cattle and humans. It leads to overburden and contamination of the environment. These organ...
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In the past decades, considerable attention has been directed toward anaerobic digestion (AD), which is an effective biological process for converting diverse organic wastes into biogas, volatile fatty acids (VFAs), biohydrogen, etc. The microbial bioprocessing takes part during AD is of substantial significance , and one of the crucial approaches...
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Metal corrosion is one of the key challenges for materials scientists. This natural process creates loses in a variety of industries and necessitates enormous efforts to mitigate its effects. Organic coatings are still the most commonly utilised technique for protecting metallic materials against corrosion. They have opened a new field of research...
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Lignin is the most difficult aromatic substance to degrade. Selective biodegradation under mild conditions is a promising method, but the dynamic variations in lignin monomers during the biodegradation of lignocellulose are not fully understood. In this study, we examined degradation of lignin monomers and changes in stable hydrogen isotope ratios...