Special Issue "Soil Organic Carbon"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: soil health; soil biological fertility; arbuscular mycorrhizas; soil amendments
Soil organic carbon plays a key role in productive agriculture. Relationships among fractions of carbon within the soil matrix are both complex and dynamic. An understanding of processes associated with the loss and retention of soil organic carbon should underpin soil management decisions. Studies of soil organic carbon can enhance predictions about the nature of many important soil processes, including nutrient turnover, water retention, water repellence, disease suppression, soil stability, soil erosion, and microbial transformations of agricultural chemicals.
The organic component of soil influences the habitat of organisms that contribute to soil biological fertility. Both living and dead fractions of soil organic matter have important roles that can differ among soil types and fluctuate according to environmental conditions. Soil processes—including the biological transformation of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus—are increasingly influenced by climate change, and are of great significance in regions where rainfall is decreasing as well as in regions where rainfall is increasing.
The roles of soil organisms in sustainable agriculture have strong links to both physical and chemical soil properties. Plant residues, including roots, are primarily responsible for organic matter additions to soil, but soil amendments such as compost, manures, and a wide range of biostimulants are also commonly used in some regions. All agricultural practices have both short- and long-term impacts that are of critical importance to the management of soil organic carbon.
Emeritus Prof. Lynette Abbott
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- Soil organic carbon
- Soil biological fertility
- Soil amendments
- Climate change