Special Issues

Agronomy runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Effects of Organic Amendments on Soil Carbon Storage and Food Production
edited by and Chuanhui Gu
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 577
Keywords: organic amendment; soil carbon storage; crop production
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil and Plant Nutrition)
In Vitro-Based Systems for Horticultural and Floricultural Crop Improvement
edited by Ewa Grzebelus and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6445
Keywords: CRISPR-based genome editing; cryopreservation; haploid induction; in vitro selection; micropropagation; plant transformation; protoplast cultures; protoplast fusion; somatic embryogenesis; somaclonal variation; totipotency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Research on Key Technologies of Planting Machinery and Combine Harvester
edited by Hua Li and Lizhang Xu
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 3419
Keywords: planting machines; machinery optimization; precise monitoring; real-time detection; decision support system; harvesting techniques; simulation analysis; agronomy; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Development and Application of X-rays in Metal Analysis of Soil and Plants submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3169
Keywords: X-ray fluorescence; trace metals; heavy metals; soil pollution; plant nutrition; phytoremediation; biofortification; X-ray absorption; food quality; food safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil and Plant Nutrition)
Agricultural Water Conservation: Tools, Strategies, and Practices - Series II
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 4398
Keywords: advanced irrigation tools and technologies; agricultural water conservation; deficit irrigation strategies; low water-use and drought-tolerant crops; precision water management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Water Use and Irrigation)
Management of Grasslands: Forage Growth and Nutritive Composition, Livestock Grazing and Performance submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 3000
Keywords: pasture productivity and stability; pasture nutritional value; forage allowance; animal performance; meat and milk nutritional value; botanical diversity; soil microbiome; economic optimization; pasture monitoring; greenhouse gas mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Grassland and Pasture Science)
Untapping the Potential of Neglected and Underutilized Species to Improve Food Security submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6855
Keywords: food security; crop wild relatives; ecological modelling; genes and proteins; transcriptome; proteome; metabolome; physiological/biochemical responses; selection and breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Composting as Key Driver for Sustainable Agricultural Scenarios submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8015
Keywords: compost; organic waste management; soil fertility; soil quality; C sequestration; organic fertilization; soilless substrates; agricultural soils; nutrient recovery; climate change mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil and Plant Nutrition)
Molecular Breeding and Marker-Assisted Selection for Citrus Disease Resistance
edited by Qiang Li and Yongrui He
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 141
Keywords: citrus; citrus bacterial canker; huanglongbing; citrus disease resistance; marker-assisted selection; molecular breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Soil Carbon Changes and Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Conservation Tillage Systems
edited by , María Alonso-Ayuso and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 366
Keywords: carbon dioxide; methane; nitrous oxide; soil carbon; tillage; no-tillage; minimum tillage; crop yield; climate change mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
Geostatistics and Machine Learning in the Mapping of Agricultural Soils: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 745
Keywords: digital soil mapping; geostatistics; machine learning; delineation of management zones; plant nutrition advising; precision farming; predictive mapping; proximal soil sensing; spatial assessment; spatial uncertainty
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision and Digital Agriculture)
Managing Source-Sink Relationships to Enhance Fruit Production in Perennial Crops
edited by Bruno Holzapfel
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 334
Keywords: Source– sink relationship; Carbohydrate and nutrients; Reserve dynamics; Canopy size; Crop load; Fruit composition; Perennial crops; Tree and vine balance; Cultivar and rootstock; Climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Effective Methods for Improving Seed Germination and Seed Quality submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3953
Keywords: seed germination; seed vigor; seed technology; seed quality; genetic; molecular; and physiological mechanisms; maintenance of genome integrity; innovation in seed treatments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Crop Productivity and Energy Balance in Large-Scale Fields
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2403
Keywords: crop productivity; energy balance; farming system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Evolution of Environmental Adaptation in Plants
edited by Shengguan Cai
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 128
Keywords: abiotic stress; adaptive mechanism; evolution; gene function; tolerance/resistance mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Rice Genetics: Trends and Challenges for the Future Crops Production
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 10030
Keywords: Functional genomics; Nutrient acquisition and use efficiency; Genome editing; Metabolic regulation; Biotic and abiotic resistance; Grain quality; Molecular breeding; Transcription factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Innovative Technologies for Conservation, Protection and Quality of Vegetables and Fruits in a Post-Harvest Period - Series II submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 4428
Keywords: vegetables; fruits and herbs; post-harvest technology and durability; quality and organoleptic evaluation; new technologies for conservation; storage and processing; post-harvest stability; nutritional; organoleptic and health properties; product quality and safety; disorders; diseases and post-harvest protection; non chemical and chemical control; factors before harvest affecting post-harvest quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Smart Strategies and Machines for Urban Green Areas and Landscape Sustainable Management
edited by , and Michel Pirchio
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2206
Keywords: Innovative strategies and machines for urban green management; Innovative solutions for non-chemical weed control; Precision landscape management; Autononomous machines; Solutions for sustainable urban green and landscape management; Citizens and operators health preservation; Reduction in the risks of chemical pollution; GHG reduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Advances in Modelling Cropping Systems to Improve Yield and Quality
edited by Qi Jing
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6432
Keywords: Cropping system; Yield; Quality; G× E× M; Management; Climate change; Simulation; Experimentation; Systems approach
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Cropping Systems)
Advanced Technologies in Precision Processing and Modeling in Agriculture
edited by Jiftah Ben-Asher
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5743
Keywords: Models in precision agriculture; Methods for implementing precision agriculture; Physics of precision agriculture; Agronomy of Precision Agriculture; Environmental impact of precision ag. technology on the environment.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision and Digital Agriculture)
Legumes Cultivars and Their Genetic Improvements submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 7879
Keywords: legume genetics; genetic diversity; molecular marker; biotic stress; abiotic stress; nitrogen fixation; oil crop; molecular breeding; sustainable agriculture; bio-informatics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Monitoring Soil Moisture Content through Earth Observation submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 276
Keywords: soil moisture content; earth observation; SAR; optical sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision and Digital Agriculture)
Current Progress in Improving Water Use Efficiency of Vineyards
edited by Hipólito Medrano and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1120
Keywords: grapevine; water stress; drought; water use; water use efficiency; irrigation; genetic variation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Water Use and Irrigation)
Resilience to Biotic and Environmental Stresses in Horticultural Crops
edited by and Ali Sarkhosh
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 7003
Keywords: environmental stresses; high-throughput phenotyping; plant resilience; diseases and pathogens; weed management; nutrient and water mangement; soil amendments; soilless and hydroponics; remote sensing; breeding
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Weed-Crop Interactions under Climate Change
edited by James V. Anderson and David P. Horvath
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4384
Keywords: weeds; crops; weed– crop interactions; signaling mechanisms; critical period for weed control; climate change; weed evolution; crop quality; cover crops; cropping systems; gene expression; integrated weed management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Weed Science and Weed Management)
Genomic-Oriented Precision Breeding and Smart Farming in Model Plants and Cash Crops
edited by , and Junjie Tan
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 810
Keywords: crop breeding; crop functional genomics; crop development; crop epigenetics; gene editing; biosynthesis; phenomics; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Cropping Systems)
Cross-Kingdom RNA Trafficking for Crop Protection
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 292
Keywords: Cross-kingdom RNA trafficking; RNA interference; Plant– microbe interaction; Host-induced gene silencing; Spray-induced gene silencing; Crop protection.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Effects of Endophytic Bacteria on Grass
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 124
Keywords: endophytic bacteria; grassland management; microbial biotechnology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Grassland and Pasture Science)
Rice Blast
edited by Yanjun Kou, and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 291
Keywords: rice blast; Magnaporthe oryzae; M. oryzae– rice interaction; pathogenecity; disease resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pest and Disease Management)
Genetic Improvement of Vegetable Crops
edited by Alan Walters
submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 10026
Keywords: Adapted vegetable genotypes; Applied breeding methodologies; Genetic diversity; Germplasm; Phenotypic selection; Vegetable crop breeding/improvement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Applications of Deep Learning Techniques in Agronomy
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 220
Keywords: deep learning; remote sensing; crop yield; irrigation; drones; soil; disease; crop modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision and Digital Agriculture)
Crop Yield and Quality Response to Cultivation Practices
edited by Ganghua Li
submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 3018
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Cropping Systems)
Nano(bio)technologies and Nano(bio)materials Used in Plant Protection and Fertilization submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8624
Keywords: nano(bio)technologies; nano(bio)materials; nano(bio)formulations; nano(bio)carriers; nano(bio)stimulants; nano(bio)protectants; plant fertilization; plant protection; plant response to nano(bio)materials/technologies; water uptake and nutrition optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil and Plant Nutrition)
COVID-19 Crises & Implications to Agri-Food Sector
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 13409
Keywords: Lockdown; COVID-19; Agriculture; Agroecosystems; Food production; Organic farming; Labor shortage; Meta analyses; Big data analyses; Farm-to-table; E-market; Crisis agro-management; E-gardening; Agrochemicals; Food security; Food safety; Smart agriculture; ICT; Innovations; Precision agriculture; IoT
Induced Resistance in Plants against Pests and Pathogens for Sustainable Crop Bioprotection submission deadline 21 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1747
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pest and Disease Management)
Frontier Studies in Crop Growth Monitoring, Diagnosis and Precision Operation
edited by , Lei Feng and Zhenbin Hu
submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 1906
Keywords: crop growth monitoring; crop growth diagnosis; sensor; operation equipment; precision agriculture; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Plant Disease Resistance
edited by Baohong Zou and Zemin Zhang
submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 221
Keywords: pathogen; disease resistance; R gene; immunity; defense response
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Advances in Plant Physiology of Abiotic Stresses submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 4401
Keywords: abiotic stresses; environmental stress; physical stress; water deficit; salinity; extreme temperatures; excessive or insufficient irradiation; lack of oxygen; waterlogging; flooding; mechanical stress; stress induced by wounds or injuries; Chemical stress; self-defence mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Advances in PGPR (Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria)
edited by Munagala S. Reddy
submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2381
Keywords: mycorrhizal fungi; plant growth; abiotic factors; stress tolerance; mineral nutrition; climate change; drought; heat stress; salinity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
Utilization Prospects of the Global Endemic Flora by the Floriculture Sector submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2419
Keywords: Native plants; New floricultural crops; Flowering; Aromatic and pharmaceutical plants; In-vitro culture; Stem cuttings; Seed propagation; Antioxidant activity; GC/MS; Molecular markers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Characteristics and Technology in Mediterranean Agriculture
edited by Alejandro Lopez-Martinez
submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 12 articles | Viewed by 11256
Keywords: Climate control; Sensors; Horticulture; Cultivation of fruit trees; Plant protection; Safety and health at work in Agriculture; Agricultural economic; Water and soil; Energy sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Maximizing Crop Yield and Resource Use Efficiency: Innovative Agronomic Practices
edited by Shulan Zhang
submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 930
Keywords: soil fertility; cropping system; water-saving technology; efficient fertilizer; nutrient management; precision agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Chemical Diversity, Yield and Quality of Aromatic Plant submission deadline 30 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 2530
Keywords: medicinal aromatic plants; biodiversity; herbal crops; yield variability factors; essential oil; extraction methods; quality assessment; aromatic products; biological activity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Frontier Studies in Agricultural Greenhouse Equipment and Systems
edited by Jean-Claude Roy, Thierry Boulard and Shumei Zhao
submission deadline 30 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2057
Keywords: greenhouse equipment; greenhouse microclimate management; greenhouse performance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Advances in Agroecology: The Agriculture-Nature Interface
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 136
Keywords: diversification of agriculture; agroecosystem services; wildlife-agriculture conflict; agricultural ecomimicry; resource management; sustainable agriculture; climate crisis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
Applications, Challenges and Potential of Intelligent Equipment in Agriculture submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 202
Keywords: smart agriculture; agricultural digitalisation; agricultural robotics; precision farming; irrigation and fertigation management; software applications; agro-industrial automation; mechatronics and computing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Biosystem and Biological Engineering)
Beneficial Soil Microorganisms for Improved Plant Performance and Resilience in Sustainable Agricultural Systems
edited by and Rui S. Oliveira
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5760
Keywords: mycorrhizal fungi; plant growth promoting bacteria; rhizobia; Trichoderma; plant– microbe interactions; crop yield; nutritional value; abiotic stresses; biotic stresses; climate change; microbial diversity; microbial formulations; inoculation methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
Principles and Practices in Fruit Tree Production and Postharvest Management submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 7661
Keywords: fruit quality; sustainability; postharvest; preharvest; crop management; abiotic stress; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Vector–Pathogen Interactions Affecting Transmission of Plant Pathogens
edited by Adi Kliot
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2270
Keywords: vector; plant– pathogen; transmission; acquisition; attraction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pest and Disease Management)
Management of Plant Functional Diversity in Agroecosystems submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3226
Keywords: Agrobiodiversity; Agroecology; Functional diversity; Functional trait; Ecosystem services; Crop model; Scaling up; Intercropping; Cover crops; Crop diversification; Cropping system; Farming system; Genetic diversity; Species diversity; Habitat diversity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
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