The lignocellulosic wastes viz., peanut shell, wheat straw, rice bran, coconut shell, orange peels, etc. are generated in huge amount. These wastes are disposed directly to the landfills. The management of these lignocellulosic wastes is necessary, which can be done by conversion to various value-added products (e.g., compost) by using solid state fermentation. Solid state fermentation requires the use of substrate, where lignocellulosic wastes can be used as source of the substrates. This will help in the management of lignocellulosic wastes which is the need of the hour. The value-added products from lignocellulosic wastes are eco-friendly and economical. This is also a sustainable approach. The two things are achieved from this, i.e., management of lignocellulosic wastes and useful products can be obtained with large industrial applications
Dr. Aparna B. Gunjal has completed her B.Sc. from Annasaheb Magar Mahavidyalaya, Hadapsar; M.Sc. from Modern College Arts, Commerce and Science College, Ganeshkhind and Ph.D in Environmental Sciences subject from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India. She is working as Assistant Professor in Department of Microbiology at Dr. D.Y. Patil, Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India. Her research areas of expertise are solid waste management; plant growth promoting rhizobacteria; e-waste management; bioremediation; etc. Aparna has 95 publications to her credit. She has received 15 Awards for the Best Paper presentations and also received the travel grants. Aparna has also received Pune Municipal Corporation Award for excellent work in Environmental Sciences Research in 2015, The Elsevier Foundation - TWAS Sustainability Visiting Expert Programme” in 2018 and Young Researcher award with Innovative Technology. She has worked on composting aspect as a Senior Researcher Assistant at Hongkong Baptist University, Hongkong. Aparna is Reviewer for many Journals.