Special Issue "Agronomy and Agroecology in a Polluted Atmosphere"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Evgenios Agathokleous
Guest Editor
Hokkaido Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Forest Research and Management Organization, 7 Hitsujigaoka, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-8516, Japan
Interests: environmental change impacts on plant ecosystems; air pollution biomonitoring; biostimulants; conditioning; dose–-response relationship; ecophysiology; priming; hormesis; adaptive response; ecological risk assessment
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Dr. Elena Paoletti
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Guest Editor
National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Inst. Research on Terrestrial Ecosystems (IRET), Firenze, Italy
Interests: Air pollution and climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems; biomonitoring; carbon cycle; nutrient cycle
Dr. Pierre Sicard
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ARGANS 260 route du Pin Montard 06904 Sophia-Antipolis cedex, France
Interests: ground-level ozone; epidemiological study; impacts on forests
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue comprises papers dealing with air pollution effects on agronomy and agroecology.

Along these lines, it includes selected papers that will be presented at the international conference “Air Pollution Threats to Plant Ecosystems” (http://www.ozoneandplants2020.com/), 4–8 May, 2020, Pafos, Cyprus.

Air pollution, and especially surface ozone, continues to be a serious issue for plants and agricultural production. Progress has been achieved by controlling the emission of precursors in some areas of the world, but much remains to be done. This international conference will allow experts on the interactions between the atmosphere and plant ecosystems to meet, address the complex effects of air pollution and climate change on plant ecosystems, and discuss future strategies and priorities for the coming decade to improve the health, sustainability, and productivity of plant ecosystems worldwide.

The main subjects of the conference are as follows:

  1. Environmental status and health of plant ecosystems
  2. From cell to ecosystem: monitoring, biomonitoring, mechanisms, and modeling of air pollution and climate change effects on plants

The Guest Editors intend to allow crop and grassland experts, as well as experimentalists, monitoring experts, and modelers, from all over the world to participate in the dialogue and share their most up-to-date knowledge on the protection of plant ecosystems from air pollution in a changing climate.

Dr. Evgenios Agathokleous
Dr. Elena Paoletti
Dr. Pierre Sicard
Guest Editors

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  • agricultural systems
  • agronomy
  • air pollution
  • biostimulants
  • climate change
  • conditioning
  • experiments
  • food supplies
  • modeling
  • monitoring
  • nitrogen
  • ozone
  • plant response
  • plant–insect interaction
  • plants
  • priming
  • risk assessment
  • rice
  • urban gardening
  • vegetables
  • vegetation
  • vegetation–atmosphere interactions
  • wheat
  • yields

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Ozone Induced Loss of Seed Protein Accumulation Is Larger in Soybean than in Wheat and Rice
Agronomy 2020, 10(3), 357; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10030357 - 04 Mar 2020
We investigated the effects of ozone (O3) on seed protein accumulation in soybean, rice, and wheat based on existing literature. We identified 30, 10, and 32 datasets meeting the requirements for soybean, rice, and wheat, respectively. Data for each crop were [...] Read more.
We investigated the effects of ozone (O3) on seed protein accumulation in soybean, rice, and wheat based on existing literature. We identified 30, 10, and 32 datasets meeting the requirements for soybean, rice, and wheat, respectively. Data for each crop were combined in response regressions for seed protein concentration, seed protein yield, and seed yield. Although seed yield in rice was less sensitive to O3 than in wheat, there was a significant positive effect of O3 on the seed protein concentration of the same magnitude in both crops. Soybean, an N-fixing high-protein crop, responded differently. Even though the effect on seed yield was similar to wheat, there was no indication of any effect of O3 on seed protein concentration in soybean. The negative influence of O3 on seed protein yield was statistically significant for soybean and wheat. The effect was larger for soybean (slope of response function: −0.58% per ppb O3) than for wheat (slope: −0.44% per ppb) and especially compared to rice (slope: −0.08% per ppb). The different response of protein concentration in soybean, likely to be associated with adverse O3 effects on N fixation, has large implications for global protein production because of the much higher absolute protein concentration in soybean. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agronomy and Agroecology in a Polluted Atmosphere)
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