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Courtesy of BioCycle Magazine

SUMMER days give many of us some time to relax and think. We have been reflecting on Compost Science & Utilization, which we have published since 1993. Throughout the years, we have relied upon the CSU Editorial Board and Scientific Advisory Board to provide peer reviews, suggest researchers to contact for submission of papers, and in general, advise us about the science of composting and compost utilization. So first, we want to thank the members of these boards for their service to the Journal. We also want to thank Fred Michel of Ohio State University, who has been serving as Editor of CSU. Fred’s guidance and commitment to CSU is invaluable.

With the critical roles that composting and compost utilization play in providing solutions to today’s natural resource management and climate change challenges, we also realize that we must be more aggressive in building readership for CSU. The composting research universe has vast knowledge and experience to offer to public policy decision makers and practitioners, especially in terms of restoring and replenishing soils, water conservation, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

To help build readership of CSU, please email us the names and addresses of colleagues who may be interested in knowing about the Journal. Include people who also should be aware of the depth and breadth of the science behind converting organic waste streams into value-added products, while providing solutions to environmental problems. Please email the names and addresses to Celeste Madtes,

We also have been focusing on the timeliness of initiating discussions with members of the CSU Editorial and Scientific Advisory Boards about exploring related areas of research, such as renewable energy from organics recycling. BioCycle Energy, a monthly feature in BioCycle, reports on anaerobic digestion of agricultural, municipal and industrial organic waste streams. There are a number of interesting research projects underway or recently completed, which complement CSU’s coverage. For example, anaerobic digestion ahead of composting is effective at breaking down organic compounds that can cause significant odors. Composting the solids after digestion adds value to the digestate, and broadens the end use options.

We welcome your thoughts on expanding the scope of research topics included in Compost Science & Utilization — and suggestions for a more encompassing journal name!

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