Special Issue "Cropping Systems: Implications on Climate and Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Vitale
Guest Editor
Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFoM), National Research Council of Italy-CNR, 80056, Ercolano (NA) Italy
Interests: agroecology, greenhouse gases, ecosystem carbon fluxes, crop ecology, crop physiology, nitrogen and carbon cycles
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Prof. Dr. Carmen Arena
Guest Editor
University of Naples Federico II, Department of Biology, Naples, Italy
Interests: plant ecology, photosynthetic regulation mechanisms, plant-soil interaction, primary production process, secondary metabolite production
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Dr. Anna Tedeschi
Guest Editor
Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR), National Research Council of Italy-CNR, 80055 Portici, Naples, Italy
Interests: soil salinity; saline water; crop production; abiotic stress; irrigation management; water use efficiency; sustainable agriculture; horticultural and fiber crops

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern agricultural systems, characterized by intensive productions and soil utilization, have a deep impact on both climate and environment. A large number of management practices contribute to emissions in the atmosphere of trace gases affecting the climate. CO2, N2O, CH4, and water vapor represent the main greenhouse gases released in atmosphere by cropping systems and involved in the global warming; BVOC also have implications on climate by influencing chemistry and physics of the atmosphere.

Crop management may strongly affect the environment. More specifically, the intensive use of fertilizers and pesticides, as well as frequent and intense soil tillage to improve crop production, may alter all the environmental compartments. Among fertilizers, nitrogen-base compounds contribute more than others to greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers may result in nitrate leaching from the soil, thus determining groundwater pollution. In addition, the use of pesticides leads to a decline of soil fertility due to a reduced soil microbial activity. Finally, frequent soil tillage might negatively affect soil quality by altering soil structure, accelerating surface runoff, soil erosion and nutrient loss, and changing microorganisms’ activity.

In order to mitigate the impact of cropping systems on climate and environment, it is crucial to shift toward sustainable agriculture, merging the intensification of productions with environmental well-being. This goal can be achieved via a profound knowledge of soil–plant–atmosphere interactions and the use of eco-friendly agronomic practices.

This Special Issue will accept reviews and full and short research papers from a broad range of interdisciplinary research concerning agroecosystems and management practices, also including the impact of manure and tillage on soil, soil biota, and soil–plant interactions. 

Particularly welcome are research papers on the following topics:

  • Crop and soil management
  • Agroecology
  • Sustainable intensification of productions
  • Crop ecology
  • Mass and energy exchange between biosphere and atmosphere
  • Greenhouse gases

Dr. Luca Vitale
Dr. Carmen Arena
Dr. Anna Tedeschi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • BVOC emissions
  • Soil microorganisms
  • CO2, CH4, N2O emissions
  • Crop productivity
  • Irrigation
  • Nitrogen fertilization
  • Tillage
  • Organic manure
  • Plant growth promoting bacteria
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • Biostimulants
  • Agronomic techniques

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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