Special Issue "Green Manuring and Plant Residues Incorporation: Key for Sustainable Crop Production and Soil Health"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Soils".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2023 | Viewed by 513

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Amanullah
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Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar 25130, Pakistan
Interests: crop nutrition; crop physiology; crop production; crop competition; dryland agriculture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Low soil organic matter or low soil organic carbon (SOC) is a major soil threat that can have negative effects on soil health, soil fertility, soil productivity, and soil sustainability in changing climates. Low SOC is the major cause of the global food security problem with low crop yield per unit area. Therefore, increasing SOC through green manuring (GM) or plant residues (wastes) incorporation (PRI) in soil will increase SOC, improve soil health, soil fertility, soil productivity, crop productivity, and profitability on a sustainable basis (in line with the SDGs). An increase in yield per unit area could solve food security problems. 

The 4‰ Initiative aims to improve soil organic carbon (SOC) content and promote carbon sequestration, which could be achieved with best agronomic practices, especially those implementing GM and PRI in soils. Higher SOC increases soil resistance to erosion (reduces soil degradation), increases water retention in soils (improving water use efficiency), increases soil fertility (improving nutrients use efficiency), and increases soil biodiversity and sustainability. Stable and productive soils, with sufficient SOC, lend increased resilience to field crops in coping with the negative effects of climate change.

In this Special Issue, both review and original research papers dealing with GM and PRI for improvement in soil health and crop productivity are welcomed. This Special Issue aims to collate the latest research on GM and PRI in field crop production. Widespread adoption of GM and PRI practices can generate multiple socioeconomic benefits for both smallholder farmers and large-scale agricultural producers, and these practices are important for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Key topics in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of green manuring for improving soil health, crop productivity, growers' income, and environmental quality.
  • The role of plant residues incorporation for improving soil health, crop productivity, growers' income, and environmental quality.

Dr. Amanullah
Guest Editor

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  • green manuring
  • soil organic matter
  • yield per unit area
  • crop residues
  • field crop production
  • food security
  • soil organic carbon
  • sustainable development goals
  • climate change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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