Special Issues

Agriculture publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Sustainable Production of Horticultural Crops submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7429 | Submission Open
Keywords: vegetables; fruits; viticulture; ornamental plants; medicinal and aromatic plants; food production; nutritional value; biodiversity; agricultural techniques; innovative cultivation techniques; stress tolerance; soil fertility; resource efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Coffee (Coffea sp.) Production: From Seed to Cup submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4804 | Submission Open
Keywords: Coffea arabica L.; Coffea canephora; fertilization; maturity stage; harvest; physical properties; machinery; drying; cup quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Recent Advances in Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Cropping Systems
edited by , Andrej Ceglar and
submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3121 | Submission Open
Keywords: cropping systems; climate change; climate risk; adaptation strategy; agro-environmental impacts; climate projections; crop modelling; impact assessment; uncertainty assessment; multi-model ensemble
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Postharvest Biosecurity of Agricultural Products
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2043 | Submission Open
Keywords: biosecurity; postharvest; storage; pest management; monitoring; quarantine; fumigation; biological control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
The Human Dimension in Animal Health Programs: Understanding Behavior and Practices
edited by
submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2033 | Submission Open
Keywords: animal health programs; human behavior; human practices; farmers’ attitude; knowledge; attitudes; and practices of farmers and veterinarians; social sciences for animal health programs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Molecular Regulations and Genetic Improvements of Oil Crops
edited by Nannan Li, Keming Zhu and
submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1272 | Submission Open
Keywords: oil crops; abiotic stress; lipid biosynthesis; molecular regulations; genetic algorithm; transporter; GWAS/GS; nutrient uptake; rhizosphere microorganisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Applications of Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation Technologies in Fresh Produce: From Farm to Table
edited by Byung-Ho Lee and
submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1216 | Submission Open
Keywords: controlled atmospheres; fumigation; cold treatment; combined treatment; invasive alien species; quarantine; eradication; alternatives of methyl bromide
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Impact of Light on Horticultural Crops—2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: light quantity and quality; light-emitting diodes (LEDs); plant factory with artificial lighting (PFAL); physiology; photomorphogenesis; photosynthesis; plant growth and quality; postharvest storage; climate change; shade net house
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Effects of Soil Tillage and Fertilization under Different Cropping Systems submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 7010 | Submission Open
Keywords: fertilizers; agricultural waste valorization; soil productivity; GHG; water use efficiency; tillage; no-tillage systems; conservative agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Systems and Management)
Application of Machine Learning and Data Analysis in Agriculture submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6682 | Submission Open
Keywords: machine learning; crop growth; yield prediction; food quality; precision agriculture; remote sensing; crop health; crop fertilization; deep learning; time series analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Advances in Basic and Applied Research on Weed Seed Dormancy, Germination, and Early Growth submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3576 | Submission Open
Keywords: weeds; dormancy; germination; emergence; allelopathy; cover crops; mulching; precision weed control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Latest Updates in Livestock Nutrition, Processing and Breeding submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2248 | Submission Open
Keywords: poultry; swine; cattle; sustainability; nutrition; feed processing; precision feeding; breeding strategies; microbiome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Application of Spectroscopy and Sensor Technology in Agricultural Products—Series II submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2180 | Submission Open
Keywords: spectroscopy; image processing; computer vision; ultrasonic; sensor fusion; machine learning; deep learning; postharvest technology; handling; sorting; IOT; smart agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostics of Farming Animals
edited by
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1677 | Submission Open
Keywords: bacteria; drug-resistant strains; pathological; host-immune responses; metabolic disorders; establishment of novel diagnostic approaches; farming animals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Agricultural Soil Health, Erosion and Remediation
edited by
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 478 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil health; soil functions; soil quality; soil disease; soil degradation; soil conservation; soil improvement; soil biodiversity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Simulation of Crop System Response and Adaptation to Climate Change
edited by Liujun Xiao, Chuang Zhao and Guocheng Wang
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 348 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop modeling; big data analysis; food security; climate impacts; sustainable agriculture; climate change adaptation; data assimilation; yield prediction; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Characterization, Evaluation, and Utilization of Crop Germplasm Resources
edited by Tao Chen
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 215 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop; germplasm; genetic diversity; genotyping; phenotyping; molecular markers; population structure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Effects of Feed Additives on Growth Performance, Intestinal Health and Resilience of Poultry
edited by Weijiang Zheng
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 207 | Submission Open
Keywords: growth performance; intestinal health; broilers; layers; gut microbiota; chicken; stress; bacterial infections; coccidiosis; enteritis; heat stress; oxidative stress; mycotoxins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Developmental Genetics and Cell Regulation of Plant Roots
edited by Sian Liu and
submission deadline 25 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 128 | Submission Open
Keywords: root plastic development; adventitious root formation; lateral root formation; phytohormone; environmental stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Feature Papers in Agricultural Product Quality and Safety
edited by and Claudia E. Moggia
submission deadline 26 Feb 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1384 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural produce; including flowers and herbs; crop quality; food chemistry; food quality; food safety and security; food processing and engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Relationship between Plant Roots and Nitrogen
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 235 | Submission Open
Keywords: root growth and development; nitrate/ammonium perception and signaling; nitrate/ammonium metabolism; crosstalk between nitrogen metabolism and phytohormones; nitrate reductase; nitrate/ammonium transporters; effect of abiotic and biotic factors on nitrogen uptake; distribution; and metabolism; role of nitrogen metabolism; distribution; and signaling in yield formation and sustainable agriculture; effects of phytohormones on nitrogen metabolism in connection with plant yield formation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Design, Optimization and Analysis of Agricultural Machinery submission deadline 5 Mar 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6864 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural machinery; precision farming; digital farming; harvest technology; planting technology; tillage implements; safety and health; automation; machinery electrification; variable rate implements; traction efficiency; yield monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Abiotic Stresses, Biostimulant and Plant Activity—Series II submission deadline 10 Mar 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5961 | Submission Open
Keywords: biostimulants; salinity; drought; heat stress; abiotic stress; plant growth; plants’ yield; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Application of RNA Interference (RNAi) in Agricultural Pest Management
edited by and Thais B. Rodrigues
submission deadline 10 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 931 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA pesticide formulation; dsRNA stability; integrated pest management; greenhouse; semi-field; seed treatment; biodiversity conservation; ecotoxicology; risk assessment; molecular target
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Gene Expression and Molecular Effects in Plants under Abiotic Stress submission deadline 10 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 498 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; crop plants; gene editing; genomics; transcriptomics; next generation sequencing; plant physiology; gene co-expression analysis; epigenetics; small RNAs; gene families; molecular markers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
From Lab to Field: Micropropagation and Conservation of Plant Genomic Resources
edited by and John E. Preece
submission deadline 10 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 216 | Submission Open
Keywords: acclimatization; biodiversity conservation; cryopreservation; embryo rescue; forest species preservation; gene banks; horticulturally important plants; in vitro propagation techniques; micropropagation; plant genomic resources; plant tissue culture; somatic embryogenesis; wild crops
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Management of Weeds and Herbicide Resistance submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 12998 | Submission Open
Keywords: development of herbicide resistance; molecular background of herbicide resistance; biology and physiology of herbicide-resistant weeds; competition between resistant and susceptible weeds and crops; management of herbicide-resistant weed
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Innovations and Advances in Rice Molecular Breeding submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1769 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular breeding; marker-assisted selecting; gene pyramiding; rational design; genome editing; yield; quality; resistance; adaptability; simplified cultivation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Detection, Identification and Control of Plant Pathogens
edited by , , and Danut Chira
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 600 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant pathogens; agricultural crops; phytopathogen control; forests; early detection; diagnostics; ecosystem stability; emerging plant pathogens; food security; genetic resistance to phytopathogens; invasive pathogens; molecular identification and characterization; high-throughput sequencing (HTS); metagenomics; microbial biological control agents (MBCAs); biopesticides
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Research on Technologies for Achieving High-Yield Wheat
edited by , and Xiaoli Hui
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 332 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil tillage; sowing quality; planting density; precision cultivation; irrigation; fertilization; micronutrient; integration of water and fertilizer; plant growth regulator; drones
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Effects of Abiotic Stresses on Gene Expression and Physiology of Field and Tree Crops submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 278 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop plants; forestry; genomics; transcriptomics; next generation sequencing; genome editing; plant physiology; biotic and abiotic stress; breeding; crop protection strategy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Insect–Plant Interaction in Agroecosystems
edited by Shi-Ze Zhang, and Ping Li
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 254 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant defense; insect effectors; plant– insect interaction; multi-trophic interactions; bottom-up interaction; top-down interaction; herbivore-induced plant volatiles; plant secondary metabolites; plant– insect interaction under climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Microbial Degradation of Pesticide Residues in Polluted Soil
edited by Xing Huang
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 164 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical pesticides; degradation processes; bioremediation; biodegradation; soil pollution; microbial communities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Breeding, Genetics and Safety Production of Dairy Cattle—Volume II
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 114 | Submission Open
Keywords: milk fat traits; gene regulation network construction; gene expression; epigenetic; circRNA; lincRNA– miRNA; mRNA
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Pesticide Resistance in Agricultural Practices
edited by and Hailan Cui
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 85 | Submission Open
Keywords: weed; herbicide resistance; molecular basis; resistance evolution; omics; fitness; weed management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Sustainable Remediation and Management of Agricultural Soil and Water Resources submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 12155 | Submission Open
Keywords: green remediation; re-usable organic additives; bioavailability; immobilization; circular economy; ecosystem services; phytoremediation; mulching; wetlands; village; farm ponds revival; rainwater harvesting; irrigation; drainage innovations; soil; water conservation measures; integrated management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Advanced Research of Rhizosphere Microbial Activity—Series II submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6600 | Submission Open
Keywords: rhizosphere; microbial activity; functional diversity; community-level physiological profile; soil health; bacterial and fungal community; PGPR bacteria; root exudates; root colonization; mycorrhizal fungi
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Feature Review in Agricultural Soils—Intensification of Soil Health submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1820 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon cycle; climate smart agriculture; ecosystem services; greenhouse gas emissions; land use change; nitrogen cycle; regenerative agriculture; soil erosion; soil carbon sequestration; soil health; water pollution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Advances in Animal Welfare and Health: Linking Physiology, Reproduction and Management submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 843 | Submission Open
Keywords: reproduction; immunology; exercise; cattle; horses; pigs; poultry; health; veterinary medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Integrated Management and Efficient Use of Nutrients in Crop Systems submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 749 | Submission Open
Keywords: essential plant nutrients; residual pools of nutrients; fertilizers and soil amendments; soil functional microorganisms; nutrient-efficient crop varieties; 4R nutrient stewardship; nutrient cycling and recycling; sustainable cropping systems; crop yield quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Systems and Management)
Integrated Management of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 190 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural nematicides; botanicals; ecotoxicity; biostimulants; mode of action
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Soil Conservation in Olive Orchard
edited by Miguel Angel Repullo-Ruibérriz de Torres, Rosa María Carbonell-Bojollo and
submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 178 | Submission Open
Keywords: erosion; soil fertility; soil organic matter; conservation agriculture; runoff; soil tillage; groundcovers (cover crops); organic amendment; circular economy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Molecular Breeding Approaches to Improve Stress Resistance in Wheat
edited by Mingming Yang and
submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 116 | Submission Open
Keywords: wheat; molecular breeding; stress resistance; molecular markers; genomics; genome editing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Effects of Abiotic Stress on Horticultural Crops submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13805 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticultural crops; drought; salinity; temperature extremes; irradiance extremes; flooding; heavy metal toxicity; ozone toxicity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Agricultural Products Processing and Quality Detection
edited by , Jun Wang and Lizhen Deng
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2503 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural products; processing technologies; quality detection; food safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Strategies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agricultural Production Systems
edited by Qin Peng, Xingren Liu and Wanxia Peng
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2412 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural system; ecosystem; greenhouse gas; CO2; N2O; CH4; carbon cycling; nitrogen cycling; soil microbe; soil and plant
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Application of Modern Agricultural Equipment in Crop Cultivation submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1812 | Submission Open
Keywords: modern agricultural equipment; technology to improve soil hygiene; ultra-shallow tillage; conservation technology; sustainable agriculture; precision agriculture and digital technologies; techniques for reducing energy inputs; labour-intensive and cost-reducing technologies; reduction in CO2 emissions; agricultural technology increasing carbon storage in the soil
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Smart Mechanization and Automation in Agriculture
edited by and
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1360 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural machinery; sensors; automation; intelligence; conservation tillage; tillage technology; seeding technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Agricultural Markets and Agrifood Supply Chains
edited by Karel Tomšík, and Josef Abrhám
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1131 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural markets; agricultural production; food supply; food security; sustainability; trade
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management)
Improvements of Reproduction and Growth Performance in Pig Farming
edited by and Eva Weisbauerova
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 785 | Submission Open
Keywords: pig; growth of pigs; reproduction of sows; meat quality; sustainability; housing; feeding; innovation; pig hybridization; local production
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
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