Special Issue "Soil Degradation Prevention and Restoration at Farm and Field Scale"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: interactions between pedology; geomophology and agronomy; namely the study of the terroir effect components and the relationships between viticulture; wine quality, and soil functioning
Interests: pedology; digital soil mapping; proximal soil sensing; viticultural zoning; soil suitability for tree crops
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It is commonly recognized that excessive exploitation or improper use of land has led many parts of the word to suffer the decline of the soil qualities and functioning that make the agroecosystem able to provide goods and services. It is estimated that degraded soils cover, to various extents, at least 24% of the global land. Preventing and restoring degraded soils is often underestimated or neglected. A key point is that soils vary so much between countries, regions, farms, and even individual fields that no single solution fits all cases, and therefore, solutions need to be tailored to each local condition—above all pedoclimate, land use, and management practices. On top of that, to ensure practices will be accepted by farmers, they must be adapted to the farming system (land use type, farm specialization, crop management, available machinery) and to the socioeconomic and cultural context, including farmers’ education and propensity for innovation. The multiplicity and dynamicity of drivers calls for a continuous development of research studies on soil degradation prevention and restoration.
This Special issue will focus on soil management solutions at the farm and field scale based on the understanding of degradation processes for different pedoclimatic conditions, land uses, and management systems. Experiences on the timing, effectiveness, and side-effects of the measures taken to contrast one or more processes will be an essential part of this Special issue. Evidence on win-win strategies to balance different and competing soil services, as well as socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors is welcome. Methodological approaches and tools applied in case studies are also welcome.
Dr. E. A. C. Costantini
Prof. Dr. Simone Priori
Manuscript Submission Information
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- soil conservation
- soil fertility
- land degradation
- best practices
- soil management
- agro-environmental measures
- socioeconomic sustainability
- farmers’ perception
- agro-ecosystem services