Special Issue "Composting and Organic Soil Amendments"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: organic agriculture; sustainable agriculture; soil fertility; soil quality; green waste recycling; compost; organic amendments; organic matter; soil organic carbon; soil enzymes; soil enzymatic activities; PGPR; microbial ecology; metagenomics; soil microbiome; plant-bacteria interactions
Compost is a stable organic matter derived from induced aerobic fermentation of different organic feedstocks. Composting is one of the most environmentally friendly technologies for biowaste management. It can be considered an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally safe biological process for recycling residual agricultural biomasses. Composting can contribute to solving the problem of disposing biomasses and green feedstock and, moreover, to providing a useful tool to improve soil quality.
Loss of soil quality due to organic matter depletion in agricultural soils has increased in the last decades. Soils under intensive agricultural management need an external supply of organic matter, as compost, in order to counteract progressive soil organic matter decline. Soil amendments can contribute to the general soil quality recovery and improvement of plant-growing conditions by providing numerous ecosystem services, including the replenishment of soil carbon stocks, increase of microbial activity, and biodiversity and restoration of plant nutrition and natural soil suppressiveness.
On these bases, the aim of this Special Issue is to cover the state-of-the-art and recent progress in different aspects related to the composting process and the use of soil organic amendments, composts, and compost-derivate substances, for increasing soil quality and sustainability in agriculture. All types of manuscripts (original research and reviews) bringing together new insights on microbiome composition, soil organic matter evolution, effects of organic amendments on soil properties, and on crops are welcome.
Dr. Riccardo Scotti
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- Soil microbiome composition and activity
- Soil fertility
- Biowaste recycling
- Soil organic matter