Reframing Futuristic Crop Production System

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Innovative Cropping Systems".

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Indian Council of Agricultural Research—Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Gogamukh 787034, Assam, India
Interests: soil fertility; plant nutrition; nutrient diagnosis; nutrient mapping; microbial consortia and rhizosphere engineering; integrated nutrient management; advanced citrus production systems and precision citriculture
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Faculty member of Department of Soil Science, University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj 1417935840, Iran
Interests: microbes and detoxification of soil contaminants

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Institute Valencià d'Investigacions Agràries (IVIA),Apartado oficial. 46113-Moncada,Valencia, Spain
Interests: fertigation in fruit crops

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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL 33850, USA
Interests: citrus horticultural management; integrated crop management
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustaining crop production amidst the consequences of climate changes is one of the most daunting tasks for researchers, and one that exceeds geographical boundaries. Recently, microbial interventions including mycorrhization with both crop growth responsiveness and scavenging soil contaminants, with the support of next-generation sequencing and sensor-based fertigation (including biofertigation, use of nano-fertilizers, and openfield hydrophonics) have aided immensely the development of a revitalized crop production system. Advanced crop production systems are thus considered smart against not only climate change, but also against biotic or abiotic stress. Of late, many diseases are being addressed through plant defense elicitors regulated through improved plant nutrition, where direct management strategies are simply ineffective. These successes and failures have focused reserachers on developing crop production technologies able to sustain themselves against any agrarian.

The present Special Issue invites researchers across disciplines working on developing innovative technologies in crop production which examine futuristic research and development requirements. Researchers whose field of research may lead to the development of a renewed crop production system can submit manuscripts for our active consideration.

Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava
Prof. Dr. Qiangsheng Wu
Dr. Hassan Etesami
Dr. Ana Quiñones Oliver
Prof. Dr. Tripti Vashisth
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Keywords

  • microbial interventions
  • balanced fertilization
  • fertigation
  • field crops
  • horticultural crop
  • crop modelling
  • nutrient mapping
  • nutrient–microbe interaction

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Agronomic Practices Alter Regulated Effects of Easily Extractable Glomalin-Related Soil Protein on Fruit Quality and Soil Properties of Satsuma Mandarin
by An-Qi Lei, Qing-Hua Yang, Ying Zhang, Wen-Yue Liao, Ya-Chao Xie, Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Abeer Hashem, Mashael Daghash Alqahtani, Elsayed Fathi Abd_Allah, Qiang-Sheng Wu and Yi Zhang
Agronomy 2023, 13(3), 881; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13030881 - 16 Mar 2023
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Easily extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EEG) released from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi exhibits many roles in soil and plants, while it is not clear whether the biostimulator alone or in combination with agronomic practices can improve soil characteristics and fruit quality in citrus. The [...] Read more.
Easily extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EEG) released from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi exhibits many roles in soil and plants, while it is not clear whether the biostimulator alone or in combination with agronomic practices can improve soil characteristics and fruit quality in citrus. The objective of this study was to analyze the effects of foliar sprays of EEG, singly or in combination with fruit bagging (FB), reflective film mulching (RF), and grass-proof cloth mulching (GPC) on root mycorrhizal colonization rate, fruit internal and external quality, and soil structure and fertility on an early-ripening Satsuma mandarin “Oita 4” (Citrus unshiu cv. Oita 4). Exogenous EEG application increased root mycorrhizal colonization, while agronomic practices dramatically inhibited root mycorrhizal colonization in EEG-treated trees. Foliar EEG application significantly improved the internal and external quality of fruits, but the combination of three agronomic practices with EEG did not further enlarge the improved effect on the external quality of fruit and even produced an inhibitory effect. Also, the addition of RF further amplified the improved effect of EEG on the contents of fruit vitamin C and soluble solids. EEG application also significantly elevated sucrose in the fruit pith and juice sac, fructose in the fruit peel, fruit pith, segment membrane, and juice sac, and glucose in the fruit pith, segment membrane, and juice sac. Additional RF treatment could increase sucrose in the fruit peel and juice sac as well as glucose in the fruit peel to varying degrees in EEG-treated trees. EEG application also significantly increased soil organic carbon, mean weight diameter, nitrate nitrogen, ammonium nitrogen, available phosphorus, and available potassium levels, with additional agronomic practices almost reducing the promoting effect of EEG on these soil variables. It has been summarized that a single EEG application had positive effects on fruit quality and soil fertility, while the additional agronomic practices resulted in little change or even suppressed the positive effects of EEG. Full article
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DRIS Norms and Sufficiency Ranges for Persimmon ‘Rojo Brillante’ Grown under Mediterranean Conditions in Spain
by Julia Morales, Isabel Rodríguez-Carretero, Belen Martínez-Alcántara, Rodolfo Canet and Ana Quiñones
Agronomy 2022, 12(6), 1269; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12061269 - 25 May 2022
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The aim of this study was to establish DRIS (Diagnosis and Recommendation Integrated System) norms and Nutritional Optimal Ranges (NOR) for ‘Rojo Brillante’ Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) ‘Ribera del Xúquer’. The database contained 800 leaf samples collected in different crop phenological stages [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to establish DRIS (Diagnosis and Recommendation Integrated System) norms and Nutritional Optimal Ranges (NOR) for ‘Rojo Brillante’ Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) ‘Ribera del Xúquer’. The database contained 800 leaf samples collected in different crop phenological stages [after flowering (AF), fruit enlargement (FE), fruit colouring (FC), and harvesting HV)]. DRIS norms (78) were established for macronutrients: N, P, K, Ca, Mg and S; micronutrients B, Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn and salinity elements: Na and Cl. The Nutrient Balance Index (NBI; the absolute value of the sum of the DRIS indices) was used to determine the optimal sampling period. Fruit enlargement was the period during which persimmon trees were more nutritionally balanced regardless of sprout origin (vegetative or floral) and irrigation type (drip or flood) in orchards Full article
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