Special Issue "Biotechnology of Microorganisms in the Agriculture Environment"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jadwiga Stanek-Tarkowska
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Guest Editor
Department of Soil Studies, Environmental Chemistry and Hydrology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences,Land Management and Environmental Protection, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszow, Poland
Interests: biodiversity; water quality; aquatic ecology; algal diversity; diatoms algology; tillage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chemical-based agricultural practices have substantially increased crop yield in the past. However, indiscriminate use of agrochemicals also causes environmental pollution and harms human health. A growing worldwide concern regarding these issues has motivated researchers to seek alternatives to chemical-based, conventional agriculture. Microorganisms have shown great promise in the agriculture environment, with benefits including their ability to break down organic materials, produce high-quality organic amendments, enhance and improve soil fertility, suppress disease-causing organisms, and increase crop yield. They can also be used for soil bioremediation, wastewater treatment, and pest and disease management.

In this Special Issue, we invite articles thematically related to the development of biotechnology in agriculture and the possibilities and threats related to the introduction of modifications; the use of unconventional fertilizers, e.g., sewage sludge and ashes, and their influence on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil and on the yield; possibilities of using biotechnology to assess the condition of the soil environment, in particular the role of microorganisms in the soil environment as bioindicators of soil quality; the impact of use of plant protection products and unconventional fertilizers on the development of microorganisms; microbiological and enzymatic processes in soil; and the use of microbiological biotechnology for, e.g., soil bioremediation.

Prof. Dr. Jadwiga Stanek-Tarkowska
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • soil microbiology
  • biotechnology
  • agrobiotechnology
  • soil contamination
  • sewage sludge
  • microorganisms
  • organic matter
  • farming systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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