Special Issue "Use of Commercial Humates in Agriculture"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Interests: plant nutrition; plant physiology; plant breeding; abiotic stress; phenotyping; cereals
Humic substances are natural organic compounds, which are sourced from plants, peat, soil, and coals, such as lignite and leonardite. Humates are salts of humic acids, the most active component of humic substances, which are more soluble and, thus, more reactive in soil.
There is a range of humates available commercially for use in agriculture, e.g., potassium, calcium, boron, and sodium, usually used for the purposes of 1) increasing production on soils with heavy metal contamination, salinity, sodicity, extreme pH, low water content, adverse temperatures, and low organic matter; and 2) increasing the efficiency of inorganic fertilizers. However, there are few rigorous studies, which have investigated the effectiveness of commercial humates, and findings are variable. The industry relies largely on anecdotal case studies to promote these products to farmers. Given recent increased interest, it is timely to review current status and future opportunities for research and application of commercial humates in agriculture.
We take this opportunity to welcome the submission of research articles, and communications on this topic with particular reference to abiotic stress tolerance.
Dr. Yusuf Genc
Dr. Graham Lyons
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- Commercial humates
- Humic acids
- Soil conditioners
- Soil fertility
- Microbial activity
- Abiotic stress tolerance
- Organic matter
- Plant growth