Special Issue "Soil Microbial Diversity in Prairie and Agricultural Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Soil microbial communities are fundamental contributors to ecosystem productivity and their activities influence a myriad of chemical, biological and physical soil attributes. Ecosystem management can have profound effects on the structure and function of the soil microbiome with effects on biogeochemical cycling, pathogen resistance, soil health and above- and belowground biodiversity. Ultimately, ecosystem services including both long- and short-term farming sustainability and profitability depend on healthy soils and their resident microbial communities.
Recent progress in our ability to capture and interpret phylogenetic diversity of soil microbial communities has advanced our collective understanding of community membership. However, much remains to be learned about how microbial diversity and identity relates to function, particularly across spatial and temporal gradients that are relevant at both the microbial and crop production scales. Likewise, soil microbial communities are thought to directly and indirectly affect the assembly of the plant microbiome but strategies for optimizing the phytobiome in agricultural production systems remain largely unidentified due to the inherent complexity of microbial community assembly.
This Special Issue will focus on the roles of soil microbial communities in enhancing sustainable ecosystem management and crop production. We welcome novel research and reviews covering all related topics including soil microbial ecology, biogeochemical cycling, soil aggregation, cropping system design, plant growth promotion and phytobiome characterization.
Dr. Bobbi L. Helgason
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Soil microbial diversity
- Soil health
- Sustainable cropping systems
- Ecosystem services
- Food security