Special Issues

Agriculture runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build 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 in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Protein Crops: Physiological and Functional Perspectives submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Legumes; PULSES; Oilseeds and grains as pseudocereals; Seed and grain quality and yield; Functional proteins; Physiological and nutraceutical roles of functional proteins; Seed and grain role as functional foods and “ superfoods”  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Effects of Fertilizer and Irrigation on Crop Production submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 11 articles
Keywords: Water management; Nutrients loss; Lixiviation; Inhibitors; Nitrogen cycling; Diffuse contamination; Soil management; Crop yield; Food security; Models; Climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Image Analysis Techniques in Agriculture submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 15 articles
Keywords: Imaging techniques in agriculture; Acquisition of the image of products of agricultural origin; Acquisition of characteristics; Image processing; Data processing; Image analysis; Neural image analysis; Product evaluation; Quality assessment; Safety of food products; Other agricultural topics (Image analysis)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Trait Genetics and Molecular Mapping of Genes in Food and Forage Crops
edited by , and Xiaofei Zhang
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: crop breeding; trait discovery; trait improvement; QTL mapping; gene discovery; marker-assisted selection; genetic gain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Interactions between Microorganisms in Plant Diseases
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submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: abiotic stresses; biological control; crop protection; endophytes; plant health; plant microbiome; plant microflora; microbial interactions; microorganism communities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds)
Soil Carbon and Microbial Processes in Agriculture Ecosystem
edited by , Masanori Saito and Etelvino Henrique Novotny
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: agriculture ecosystem; carbon cycling; carbon flow; carbon sequestration; carbon spatiotemporal dynamics; carbon use efficiency; green house gas; global warming; humus; rhizodeposition; rhizosphere; soil microbial respiration; soil degradation; soil management; soil biota
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Agricultural Research When considering Criteria of Multifunctionality and Sustainability
edited by , Antonella Maria Maggio, and
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 10 articles
Keywords: Agricultural techniques; Biodiversity; Conservation; Essential oils; Ethnobotany and ethopharmacology; Functional foods; Legislation and market; Natural products; Nutraceuticals; Phytochemicals; Phytotherapy  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Vegetable Crops Breeding for Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Quality Traits
edited by
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: trait identification; abiotic stress tolerance traits; vegetable crop diversity; vegetable population structure; vegetable crop improvement and advancement; crop nutrient and yield status
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Optimizing Grain Yield and Water Use Efficiency in Maize Production
edited by Shaokun Li
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: maize; grain yield; water use efficiency; varieties; cultural practices; irrigation schedule; irrigation method; soil moisture evaporation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Emerging Soil Pollutants: Detection, Risk Assessment, and Remediation submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Soil; Pollutants; Pesticide residues; Monitoring data; Risk assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
From Waste to Fertilizer in Sustainable Agriculture submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 7 articles
Keywords: biomass waste; waste conversion; organic farming; soil carbon sequestration; nutrients recycling; nutritional security; ecological agriculture; alternative soil additives; innovative fertilizers; farm innovation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Crop Plants
edited by and Laramy Enders
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: Stress responses; Abiotic stresses; Biotic stresses; Microbiota; Crop plants; Model plants; Epigenetics; Plant– pathogen interaction  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Abiotic Stresses, Biostimulant and Plant Activity
edited by , Primo Proietti and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: biostimulants; salinity; drought; abiotic stress; plant growth; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Advanced Research in Viticulture and Grapevine Physiology
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: grapevine photosynthesis; microvine response to biotic and abiotic stress; canopy and innovative soil management techniques; climate change impacts on grapevine physiology; new vine rootstocks; drought adaptation; water use efficiency; innovative vine training system and row orientation effects on grapevine performance; effect of plastic film and net covering on grapevine physiology; sustainability of grapevine production
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Reconnecting People with Nature through Agriculture
edited by , Cristina Quintas-Soriano and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: agroecology; sustainable agriculture; resilience; farmers knowledge; indigenous and local knowledge; human– nature connectedness; stakeholder; biocultural diversity; rural abandonment; social-ecological systems; ecosystem services; nature´ s contributions to people; globally important agricultural heritage systems; high nature value farmland; urban agriculture; peri-urban farming; science– policy– society interface; collective farming; inclusive governance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Systems and Management)
Agricultural Food Marketing, Economics and Policies
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submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 27 articles
Keywords: Recovery from the crisis by COVID-19; Regenerative and agro-ecological agricultural practices; Sustainable agricultural practices to improve soil health and fertility; biodiversity; water savings; and nutrient densities in crops and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; Global standards for food safety; nutrition and food quality; Protection of natural resources and ecosystems; Reduction of food loss and waste; Business strategies; Regional and local supply chains; Right to food; food security; and food sovereignty; Technological; digital; and geospatial solutions and agro-food blockchain; Data protection and regulation; Finance and investment that contribute to public health and reduce negative environmental externalities; increasing the resilience of land use; Protection of plants from pests and emerging diseases; Sustainable development hub; Labeling highlighting the interconnection between food; climate; environment; and social justice; Global resilience and actions addressing climate change; Analysis of consumption (theory and empirical applications); analysis of commercial distribution; Marketing of agri-food products; Food security and food sovereignty; Local and sustainable supply chains; Bioregional whole systems design; Assessment of ecosystem services and profitability for farmers; Comparison between intensive and sustainable production models; Agri-food supply chain management; Food chain logistics and ICT
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management)
Future of Irrigation in Agriculture submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: Environmental; agricultural; and irrigation policies; Sustainable irrigation and rural development; Strategies for climate change adaptation; Smart farming; Alternative crops; Reclaimed water uses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Water Management)
Effects of Biochar and Compost Amendments on Soil Fertility submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 17 articles
Keywords: Soil acidity; Arbuscular mycorrhizae; Agronomic benefits; Biochar; Compost; Nutrient deficiency; Soil quality; Soil constraint; Soil salinity; Soil organic carbon; Soil health; Soil fertility; Soil organisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Reproduction of Ruminant Livestock
edited by , Marcello Rubessa and José Nélio de Sousa Sales
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: biotechnology; oocytes; oviduct; embryo maternal cross talking; embryos; sperm; fertility; pregnancy; assisted reproductive technologies; ovarian cycles; synchronization protocols; oestrus detection; metabolic stress; postpartum diseases; reproductive management; next-generation sequencing; precision farming; omics technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Advanced Research of Crop Plant Interactions with Bacteria and Fungi
edited by and Matthias Becker
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: plant– bacteria interaction; plant– fungi interaction; plant signaling networks; plant secondary metabolites; agricultural and horticultural crop production; plant growth promotion; stress tolerance; integrated pest and pathogen management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds)
Strategies for Nitrous Oxide Emission Mitigation in Agrosystems
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submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Nitrous oxide; Soils; Nitrogen; Microbial processes; Mitigation options; Ecosystemic services; Biotechnical options; Multidisciplinary approaches
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Advances in Pre- and Post-harvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables to Preserve Quality and Reduce Loss and Waste
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submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: harvest index; physiology; postharvest pathology; quality; phytochemicals; commercialization; fruit and vegetable processing; waste
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Application of Decision Support Systems in Agriculture
edited by Francisco Gutiérrez
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Decision-support systems; DSS; Human– computer interaction; Decision-making; Precision agriculture; Precision farming; Data processing; Information visualization; Sensors; Data analysis; Sensors; Big data; Artificial intelligence; Explainable artificial intelligence; ICT; Intelligent user interfaces; Data-driven design; User-centered design; Predictive analytics; Deep learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Plants under Emergency – Crop Protection, Mitigation Approaches and Challenges submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: plant stress tolerance; plant pests and diseases; climate change; food quality and safety; crop productivity; sustainable agriculture; mitigation practices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds)
Advanced Research of Rhizosphere Microbial Activity submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: rhizosphere; microbial activity; functional diversity; community-level physiological profile; soil health; bacterial and fungal community; PGPR bacteria; root exudates; root colonization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Postharvest Storage of Agricultural Products submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Antioxidant defense; Non-invasive; Preharvest; Postharvest; Priming; Quality; Shelf life; Storability; Vase life; Water relations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Leveraging Remote Sensing Technologies to Estimate Crop Production: From Local to Global Applications submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: Crop production monitoring; Yield forecasting; EO products; Machine learning; Global/Field/Within field scale
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Challenges of Contemporary Agriculture, Rural Areas and Agri-Food Supply Chain under Conditions of Uncertainty
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submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 10 articles
Keywords: sustainable development of rural areas; sustainable agriculture; challenges of agriculture and rural areas under conditions of uncertainty; sustainable agricultural techniques and technologies; livestock welfare and sustainable breeding; challenges of agriculture in the face of climate change; impact of subsidies on the development of agriculture and rural areas; the role of agricultural advisory services in the development of agriculture and rural areas; multifunctional development of rural areas; non-agricultural functions of rural areas; social development of rural areas; reduction in poverty and social exclusion in rural areas; employment and unemployment issues in rural areas; agricultural markets; agricultural policy; agri-food trade and international agri-food markets; agri-food logistics; consumer behavior changes affecting the directions of agricultural production; food security and food safety; climate changes; climatic risk and crop production; water resources and water management – agricultural and environmental aspects; rainfall and water deficits; irrigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management)
Biorefineries and Processes for Agricultural Waste Valorization
edited by and María González Alriols
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: biorefinery; green chemistry; fractionation; pretreatment; agricultural residues; added-value products; biomaterials; simulation; life cycle analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Changes in the Quality of Different Plant Products under Different Growing Conditions
edited by Zoltán Györi and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: plant products; quality; mineral content; essential and non-essential elements; baking quality; nutritional constituents; food and feed safety; maize; cereals; pseudocereals; legumes; grasses; potatoes; growing conditions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Agricultural Cooperative in the Face of the Challenges of Globalization, Sustainability and Digitalization
edited by Adoración Mozas Moral and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 8 articles
Keywords: agricultural cooperativism; social economy; value chain; safety and traceability; territorial and/or sustainable development; SDGs; sustainability; circular economy; sustainable tourism; diversification; bioeconomy; digitalization; innovation; partnerships; public policy; protection of human rights; implications for economic development; indicators and sustainability; gender perspective; governance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management)
System Efficiency and Resource Recovery in Circular Horticulture submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Perspectives of Using Compost and Microorganisms to Control Pathogens on Vegetable Crops submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: sustainability; plant pathology; plant diseases; biological control; compost suppressiveness; microbial antagonist; soil-borne microbiome; integrated disease management; digital support system; precision biological control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds)
Micronutrient Deficiency and Biofortification in Cropping Systems
edited by Mark Rekasi
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: biofortification; micronutrients; enrichment; element uptake; human health; nutritional efficiency; bioavailability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Internet and Computers for Agriculture
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: Smart agriculture 4.0 and 5.0; Web applications; Web platforms; Mobile apps; IoT devices; Cloud computing; AI; Machine learning; Big data; Data driven modeling; process-based modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Forage Quality, Conservation and Evaluation in Ruminant Production Systems
edited by Elisabet Nadeau, and
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 7 articles
Keywords: forage species; forage maturity; silage; hay; harvest method; storage method; silage additives; microbiology; mycotoxins; forage feeding; ruminant nutrition; ruminant health; product quality; sustainability; environmental impact  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Selected Papers from the 2021 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry (MetroAgriFor 2021) submission deadline 20 Jan 2022
Keywords: metrology; quality assurance; and standardization; sensors and measurement techniques; data analysis; applications in agriculture; forestry; and food
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Understanding and Improving Crop Productivity under Current Climate Change Scenario
edited by , Muhammad Suleman Tahir, and
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: crop models and lodging; plant population and nitrogen; plant nutrition and stress tolerance; root diseases and plant protection; varietal difference of stress tolerance; cover crops and crop system; halophytes as a key source of gene identification; biotechnology interventions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Biodiversity in Fruit Orchards
edited by Claus P. W. Zebitz
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022
Keywords: sustainable fruit production; cropping system; habitat structure; species richness; biodiversity conservation; companion plants; ecological upgrading; ecosystem services; functional agrobiodiversity; outcome assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Advanced Research of Soil Microbial Functional Diversity
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 8 articles
Keywords: microbial ecology; microbial communities’ structure; microbial functional diversity; microbial pollution; microbial biodegradation; microbial bioremediation; microbial community genetics; transcriptomics; proteomics; and metabolomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Recent Advances in Horticultural Grafting
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: plant grafting; rootstock breeding; grafted seedling; rootstock biotechnology; graft healing; graft compatibility/incompatibility; rootstock– scion interaction; long distance signaling; biotic stress; abiotic stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Application of Genetics and Genomics in Livestock Production
edited by Heather Burrow and Michael Goddard
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: genomics; phenomics; gene expression; gene editing; customised applications for livestock producers; ongoing limitations and challenges
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Genetic Diversity of Medicinal and Aromatic Crop
edited by Zsuzsanna György
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022
Keywords: genetic polymorphism; medicinal herb; wild medicinal and aromatic plants; cultivated medicinal and aromatic plants; molecular markers; nuclear markers; chloroplast markers; population structure; cultivars; chemotypes; haplotypes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Innovative Strategies in Organic Farming Systems submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: Organic farming systems; innovation; eco-intensification; sustainable intensification; resilience and sustainability; cropping systems; multiscale ecosystems-services; pedoclimatic implications; socio-ecological approach; yield gap; food security; agroecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Systems and Management)
Breeding and Genetics to Shape Rice Production Systems in the New Climatic Scenario
edited by , and Giampiero Valè
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: Rice; Breeding; Genetics; Marker-assisted breeding; New breeding techniques; Stress tolerance; Nutritional quality  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Soil Erosion Modeling and Monitoring submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: runoff; modelling; soil degradation; catchment; sediments; crusts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Harnessing the Potential of Invertebrate Decomposers in Circular Agriculture
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022
Keywords: aquaculture; black soldier fly; brewery wastes; circular agriculture; decomposers; heliciculture; insect proteins; microbiome; organic composts; vermiculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Design and Application of Agricultural Equipment in Tillage System
edited by Mustafa Ucgul and
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: primary tillage tools; secondary tillage tools; discrete element method (DEM); finite element method (FEM); agricultural machinery design; optimization; automation; sensor technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
The Application of Machine Learning in Agriculture
edited by and Ho-Hsien Chen
submission deadline 10 Feb 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: crop management; weed and disease detection; crop yield prediction; quality assessment; livestock management; livestock health maintenance; selective breeding; water management; soil management and weather prediction; intelligent harvesting; species recognition; demand prediction; production planning; consumer analytics; storage; inventory management; transportation; digital twin
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
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