Special Issue "Sustainable Crop Production Protects the Quality of Soil and Plant Raw Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: field crops; vegetables; grasses; sustainable agriculture; cropping system; seed production; biostimulants; nutrient management; crop quality; crop storage
Interests: soil; enzymes; chemical properties; respiration; microbial biomass C, N, P; phospholipid fatty acids; biological indicators; soil quality and fertility; agricultural practices; anthropogenic factors; spatial variability of soil properties; geostatistics
Interests: quality of cereal grain and oilseeds; phytochemicals; natural protection against plant pests; biotic and abiotic stresses; processing of plant raw materials
A sustainable crop production system is essential for ensuring the healthy resources that are critical for the production of enough of the high-quality food and animal feed that are expected by consumers and industry. The goal of sustainable crop production is not only to satisfy humanity’s need for food and industry’s needs for raw materials, but to enhance the quality of the environment and natural resources. Sustainable crop production practices develop efficient, biological systems and include a variety of approaches that lead to an improvement in nutrient quality by using integrated pest management, protecting biodiversity, and maintaining good soil quality with a high organic matter content and microbial diversity. In order to avoid the potential harmful effects of conventional pesticides, integrated pest management approaches that reduce the amount used pesticides used should be applied. Sustainable agriculture is associated with conservation practices that decrease the rate of soil and nutrient loss, and reduce the amount of chemicals that are leached into the water table. The diversification of crops should also be considered. When possible, pest-resistant crops that are tolerant of the existing soil or site conditions should be selected. In annual cropping systems, crop rotation can be used to suppress weeds, pathogens, and insect pests. In addition, cover crops or intercrops can have a stabilizing effect on the agroecosystem by holding soil and nutrients in place, conserving soil moisture with mulches, and increasing the water infiltration rate and soil water holding capacity.
Fertile, healthy soil is the main component of sustainable crop production. Only this type of soil will produce high-quality healthy crops that are less susceptible to disease and pests. While many crops have key pests that attack even the healthiest plants, proper soil, water, and nutrient management can help prevent some pest and disease problems that are caused by the greater inputs of water, nutrients, pesticides, and/or energy for tillage that are required in order to maintain yields in high-input, resource-intensive production systems. This is why proper soil management will be of great importance for providing sustainable crop production and environmental sustainability, and for achieving food security and ensuring good human health in the future. In sustainable cultivation systems, soil must be protected and developed in order to ensure long-term productivity and stability. Protecting soil resources and improving their fertility and productivity can be achieved by implementing appropriate soil conservation practices, such as using cover crops, compost, and/or manures; reducing tillage; and maintaining soil cover with plants and/or mulches.
In this regard, this Special Issue will deal with the quality of plant raw materials and soil protection in sustainable crop production systems. All types of contributions (original research, reviews, and meta-analysis) that offer new insight into sustainable crop production systems are welcome. This Special Issue will cover recent progress in the most important aspects of sustainable crop production systems, such as the quality and quantity of crops, integrated pest management, water and nutrient management, biodiversification, conservation tillage, and soil quality protection.Dr. Małgorzata Szczepanek
Dr. Anna Piotrowska-Długosz
Prof. Iwona Konopka
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- agronomic traits
- crop management
- organic farming
- conservation tillage
- crop diversity
- water and nutrient management
- integrated pest management
- soil quality and fertility
- soil organic matter
- soil biota and biodiversity