Special Issue "Effects of Conservation Agriculture Practices on Dynamics of Soil C and N under Current and Future Climate"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Ferrise

Department of Agri-food Production and Environmental Sciences, University of Florence, P. le delle Cascine 18, 50144, Firenze, Italy
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Interests: Climate change impacts, adaptations and mitigation; Crop modelling; Mediterranean crops and agricultural systems; Precision Agriculture
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Antichi

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: Organic farming; Cover crops and green manure crops; Conservation tillage; Integrated weed management; Long-term effects of cropping systems on soil fertility
Guest Editor
Dr. Paolo Merante

National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology CNR-IBIMET, Florence, Italy
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Interests: Environmental sustainability; Soil organic carbon; Soil conservation measures; Environmental indicators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Conservation agriculture (CA) is widely considered as one example of sustainable farming. According to the FAO definition, CA is based on the combination of three pillars, i.e. reduced soil tillage (non-inversion tillage, minimum tillage and no-tillage), crop diversification (crop rotation, intercropping) and cover cropping. In this form, CA has been acknowledged as a strategy that can favorably affect soil properties and functions as well as effectively contribute to the mitigation of global warming. Nevertheless, CA is practiced worldwide in a number of different forms, usually applying just one or a few practices, whose benefits and drawbacks are still unraveled, particularly with respect to soil C and N dynamics under current and future climate conditions.

In this special issue, we would welcome contributions from any agricultural area of the world linking all forms of CA to dynamics of soil C and N, as affected by or related to current or future climate conditions. Outcomes of long-term field trials, results of modelling studies as well as any novel approaches and methodologies exploring the contribution of CA to soil C and N stocks and pools and their relations, in the context of climate change, are very welcome.

Dr. Roberto Ferrise
Dr. Daniele Antichi
Dr. Paolo Merante
Guest Editors

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  • Conservation agriculture
  • Conservation practices
  • Soil C-N dynamics
  • Mitigation of climate change

Published Papers

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