Special Issue "Thematic of Soil Ecological Functions in Agriculture"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Eric Blanchart
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Guest Editor
Functional Ecology and Biochemistry of Soils and Agroecosystems, Institute of Research for Development, Montpellier, France
Interests: soil ecology; soil nutrient cycling; ecological intensification of agriculture; soil carbon cycling; earthworms; soil health; tropical cropping systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the development of agroecology, soils play a particularly great importance in the design of sustainable agricultural practices. They are the place of many ecological processes operated by free-living and symbiotic organisms interacting with each other in complex interactions. Soil biodiversity performs essential ecological functions, i.e. carbon transformations, nutrient cycling, soil structure maintenance, and the regulation of biological populations. Soil organisms also contribute to much needed agrosystem services such as primary production, plant resistance to disease and carbon sequestration. They also enable agrosystem sustainability and resilience. In the context of the agroecological transition, it becomes urgent (i) to decipher functional biotic interactions and understand the link between soil biodiversity and functions, (ii) to identify biotic and abiotic drivers of soil functions, especially in the context of climate change and invasive species, (iii) to promote practices and solutions which intensify these ecological processes.

The aim of this issue is to give highlights on the importance of soil ecological processes for agrosystem functions, services and agriculture sustainability. Manuscripts dealing with soil biodiversity, i.e. taxonomic and functional diversity (from microbes and fungi to macro-invertebrates), biotic interactions, ecological functions, belowground-aboveground relationships, and promoting ecological intensification practices in an agricultural context will be considered.

Dr. Eric Blanchart
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Soil biodiversity
  • Ecological soil processes
  • Plant growth
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Carbon transformations
  • Biological regulation
  • Soil structure maintenance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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