Special Issue "Soil Biology and Its Importance in Soil Fertility"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2011)
Prof. Dr. Les Copeland
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Phone: +61 2 8627 1017
Interests: agricultural chemistry and biochemistry; cereals; food grains
The sustainability of agroecosystems depends on healthy soils. Although the biota comprise only a small fraction of soil mass, they play a crucial role in providing favourable conditions for plant growth. The microorganisms and micro-, meso- and macro-fauna that make up the soil biota are essential for soil fertility and the promotion of plant-soil interactions. Biological activity in soil is fundamental for plant growth: the biological nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur cycles increase the bioavailability of nutrients, and the deposition of organic carbon contributes to soil structure, which is important for reducing erosion and improving water movement and retention. Enzymes and metabolites released into the soil help to solubilise essential mineral nutrients, promote the decomposition of plant and animal remains, and catalyse the degradation of xenobiotics. For these reasons, biological diversity is widely used as an indicator of a functioning “life support” system that the soil represents. It is therefore appropriate that this first issue of the MDPI journal Agriculture is devoted to soil biology.
Prof. Dr. Les Copeland
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
- soil biology
- soil fertility
- soil biota, soil mass, microbial biomass
- microorganisms, micro-, meso- and macro-fauna
- soil organic matter
- biological nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur cycles, mineralization
- bioavailability of nutrients
- organic carbon contributes
- plant-soil interactions
- soil structure, erosion, water movement and retention
- Enzymes and metabolites
- xenobiotics degradation
Article: Multi-Location Study of Soil Enzyme Activities as Affected by Types and Rates of Manure Application and Tillage Practices
Agriculture 2011, 1(1), 4-21; doi:10.3390/agriculture1010004
Received: 19 November 2011; in revised form: 2 December 2011 / Accepted: 5 December 2011 / Published: 9 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (2661 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Effects of Tillage and Crop Residue Application on Soybean Nitrogen Fixation in a Tropical Ferralsol
Agriculture 2011, 1(1), 22-37; doi:10.3390/agriculture1010022
Received: 25 October 2011; in revised form: 6 December 2011 / Accepted: 8 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (296 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 1-11; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010001
Received: 15 November 2011; in revised form: 27 December 2011 / Accepted: 27 December 2011 / Published: 12 January 2012| Download PDF Full-text (175 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Effects of Shade on Nitrogen and Phosphorus Acquisition in Cereal-Legume Intercropping Systems
Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 12-24; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010012
Received: 8 December 2011; in revised form: 12 January 2012 / Accepted: 12 January 2012 / Published: 19 January 2012| Download PDF Full-text (374 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Sorption of Tannin and Related Phenolic Compounds and Effects on Extraction of Soluble-N in Soil Amended with Several Carbon Sources
Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 52-72; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010052
Received: 1 January 2012; in revised form: 18 February 2012 / Accepted: 21 February 2012 / Published: 27 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1251 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Evaluation of Biofertilizers in Irrigated Rice: Effects on Grain Yield at Different Fertilizer Rates
Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 73-86; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010073
Received: 22 December 2011; in revised form: 23 February 2012 / Accepted: 28 February 2012 / Published: 14 March 2012| Download PDF Full-text (259 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Earthworm Populations in Savannas of the Orinoco Basin. A Review of Studies in Long-Term Agricultural-Managed and Protected Ecosystems
Agriculture 2012, 2(2), 87-108; doi:10.3390/agriculture2020087
Received: 1 February 2012; in revised form: 24 March 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012| Download PDF Full-text (908 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Low Soil Phosphorus Availability Increases Acid Phosphatases Activities and Affects P Partitioning in Nodules, Seeds and Rhizosphere of Phaseolus vulgaris
Agriculture 2012, 2(2), 139-153; doi:10.3390/agriculture2020139
Received: 9 April 2012; in revised form: 5 June 2012 / Accepted: 6 June 2012 / Published: 13 June 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1643 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 25 June 2012