Special Issue "Enhancing Fertilizer-Use Efficiency in Organic Cropping Systems"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Based on the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1999, as a holistic production management system, organic farming promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It emphasizes the use of management practices. An organic cropping system is run by using only agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods to fulfil a specific function within the system. Since 1990, the market for organic food products has grown rapidly worldwide. Organic farming has accordingly expanded and is globally practiced in more than 170 countries. Almost 44 million hectares of agricultural land are organically managed in 2014. Economically, the global sales of organic commodities of food and drink reached US$ 80 billion. Socially, organic farming provided approximately 2.3 million full-time job opportunities. Organic cropping systems mull over potential environmental and social impacts by eliminating the input of artificial products, e.g., synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds. These inputs are all replaced with site-specific management practices in order to sustain and enhance soil fertility and prevent crops from biotic and low-fertility stresses. Consequently, it has aroused new challenges in efficient-use of fertilizers and hence, crop productivity. It is, therefore, imperative to maximize fertilizer-use efficiency in organic cropping systems. This Special Issue serves as a forum for all of active researchers over the world to get together and share their new ideas and advances in this exciting area of research. Original contributions to this Special Issue include the following topics:
• 4R nutrient stewardship
• Vegetable grafting
• Synergizing biochar with farming
• Crop biodiversity and identification of elite genotypes
• Application of compost
• Cover cropping
• Crop rotation
• Ley farming
Dr. Guodong Liu
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- fertilizer-use efficiency
- 4R nutrient stewardship
- potential yield
- constraints to growth, water status
- crop rotation