Special Issue "Root–Soil Interactions in Organic Farming"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Timo Kautz
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Guest Editor
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science Humboldt, University Berlin, 10099 Berlin, Germany
Interests: agronomy; crop roots; soil fertility; organic farming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the principles of organic farming, applications of plant available nutrients via soluble chemical fertilizers are avoided. Instead, organic farming generally aims to increase the acquisition of nutrients from the solid phase of soil based on the high contents of soil organic matter, high root length densities and high biological activity. Cropping strategies including crop rotation, the application of organic residues, and tillage practices that have been specifically adapted for organic farming. The cultivation of legumes generally has a high relevance. Within this general framework, there is a particularly high interest in root–soil interactions such as root architecture and their influence on soil structure, rhizodeposition processes, and the microbiome of the rhizosphere and its effects on plant health and nutrient mobilization.

This Special Issue focuses on the role of root–soil interactions in organic farming and other low-input farming systems, with a major emphasis on research belonging to the keywords listed below. This issue will lend to highly interdisciplinary studies embracing disciplines from agriculture and biology, to chemistry and soil science. All types of articles, such as original research, opinions, and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Timo Kautz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • root growth
  • root development
  • root architecture
  • nutrient acquisition
  • biological nitrogen fixation
  • biopore formation
  • soil structure
  • microbiological activity
  • rhizosphere
  • root exudation
  • rhizodeposition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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