Special Issue "Management of Agricultural Microbiomes towards Sustainability and Restoration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 March 2022.
2. Environmental Microbiology Group, Northwestern Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR), La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Interests: soil restoration; drylands; plant–microbe interactions; microbial communities; plant-growth-promoting microorganisms
During the last century, crop production has been characterized by the excessive use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and agricultural practices that challenge the resilience of agroecosystems, leading in many cases to soil degradation and desertification, intensified by climate change. Microorganisms are nutrient cycling drivers and essential players in agroecological processes that influence soil fertility and improve crop performance against pests and environmental stress. Currently, comprehensive studies using omic technologies elucidate the diversity and function of microbial assemblages across agricultural components (soils, water) and different trophic levels (plants, soil mesofauna, herbivores), thus enabling the potential use of microbiomes as a biotechnological tool for agroecosystems sustainability and restoration.
This Special Issue aims to gather transdisciplinary contributions with innovative research, methodological proposals, and research ideas on agricultural microbiomes, focused on (but not restricted to) the following topics:
- Methodological and experimental approaches that assess microbiomes across multitrophic levels (interactions) in degraded and recovered agroecosystems;
- Management of agricultural microbiomes to address issues such as pest management or soil restoration;
- Culture approaches (culturomics);
- Microbiome-based biostimulants and their effect on plants, animals, and other components of the agroecosystem;
- Microbial tools to revert soil degradation in agroecosystems.
We seek regular research papers, communications, short notes, reviews with research proposals, and original ideas.
Dr. Blanca R. López
Dr. Luz E. de-Bashan
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- agricultural microbiomes
- soil degradation
- multitrophic interactions