Special Issue "Towards a Better Understanding of Agronomic Efficiency of Nitrogen in Different Agro-Ecosystems"


A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francesco Montemurro
Agricultural Research Council (CRA), Research Unit for Cropping Systems in Dry Environments (SCA), (Experimental Farm Metaponto), S.S. 106 Jonica km 448.2, 75010 Metaponto MT, Italy
Website: http://www.ciec-italia.it/
Fax: +39 0835 258349
Interests: Agronomy; nutrient management; nitrogen dynamics, efficiency and balance; organic farming; composting process and compost application; organic fertilization; sustainable development; crop rotations and management; cropping system
Guest Editor
Dr. Mariangela Diacono
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura—Agricultural Research Council, Research Unit for Cropping Systems in Dry Environments (CRA-SCA) (Experimental Farm Metaponto), Metaponto MT, Italy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The low agronomic efficiency of N for several agricultural systems is a crucial point for sustainable agriculture.

Agronomic N-use efficiency is also the basis for economic and environmental efficiency. A high N input combined with a low efficiency results in environmental problems, such as pollution of groundwater due to nitrate leaching, and emission of ammonia and greenhouse gases from the plant-available N-pool.

Therefore, there is a need for agro-ecosystems that are profitable, but at the same time ecologically and socially sustainable.

To achieve a higher agronomic N-use efficiency, N supply should match N demand both in time and space, not for single crops but for a complex crop rotation, including cover crops, as an integrated system. To this end, diagnostic tools are available assessing N-status of growing crops, and N stabilizers and controlled release fertilizers can be used to synchronize release of N from fertilizer with crop needs.

This special issue brings together the current research findings dealing with all aspects of the understanding of agronomic efficiency of N in different agro-ecosystems, and the economic returns from adoption of best management practices such as those of conservative agriculture and organic farming.

Improving N efficiency is a fundamental challenge for sustainable agricultural production of horticultural, industrial and cereal crops.

Dr. Francesco Montemurro
Dr. Mariangela Diacono
Guest Editor


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  • nitrogen sources and management strategies in low-input and organic farming systems
  • the role of cropping systems and tillage methods on N use efficiency in horticultural, industrial and cereal crops
  • decreasing environmental N losses and increasing the productivity in soil-plant systems, by tailoring applications of fertilizer N to site-specific conditions
  • rotations and cover crops as an integrated system to improve N management in sustainable agriculture

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p. 180-187
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Agronomy 2015, 5(2), 180-187; doi:10.3390/agronomy5020180
Received: 17 March 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 25 May 2015
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Agronomy 2014, 4(4), 529-555; doi:10.3390/agronomy4040529
Received: 29 September 2014 / Revised: 17 November 2014 / Accepted: 17 November 2014 / Published: 2 December 2014
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Agronomy 2014, 4(4), 497-513; doi:10.3390/agronomy4040497
Received: 7 October 2014 / Revised: 21 October 2014 / Accepted: 31 October 2014 / Published: 11 November 2014
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Agronomy 2014, 4(4), 470-477; doi:10.3390/agronomy4040470
Received: 10 September 2014 / Revised: 18 October 2014 / Accepted: 31 October 2014 / Published: 5 November 2014
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