Special Issue "Impact of Agricultural Practices on Biodiversity of Soil Invertebrates"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Stefano Bocchi Website E-Mail
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences—Production, Landscape, and Agro-Energy—University of Milan, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
Fax: +39 025 031 6575
Interests: agroecology; farming system sustainability
Guest Editor
Dr. Francesca Orlando Website E-Mail
Department of Environmental Science and Policy (DESP), University of Milan, Via Celoria 2, I-20133, Milan, Italy
Interests: organic farming; agroecology; partecipatory research and bottom-up innovation; biodiversity and environmental impacts assessments; monitoring of biodiversity of flora and soil microfauna; multiple-criteria sustainability assessments at different spatial scales; carbon and nitrogen cycle; modelling tools; cereal crops

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soil fauna plays a key role in many soil functions, such as organic matter decomposition, humus formation, and nutrient element cycling, modifying soil structure and improving its fertility. In particular, invertebrates are considered a fundamental part in determining the suitability of soils for the sustainable production of healthy farming systems. These invertebrates include an enormous diversity of arthropods, nematodes, and earthworms. This fauna is subjected to agricultural activities with significant implications on it. Some management techniques may create crucial habitat changes that cause significant shifts in biodiversity, especially under the general tendency of achieving a high production, through high levels of intensification of agrotechniques.

It has been observed that the loss in ecosystem services related to soil invertebrates in the last few decades is as a result of the reduction in both the abundance and taxonomic diversity of soil faunal communities. Thus, the concerns about the sensibility of soil biota to the agricultural practices make it urgent to develop more sustainable farming strategies, like reducing agricultural intensification and the synthetic chemical inputs.

Prof. Stefano Bocchi
Dr. Francesca Orlando
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biodiversity
  • soil health
  • sustainability
  • farming system

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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