Special Issue "Soil Healthy in Agro-ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: phytoremediation; bioremediation; white rot fungi; organic pollutants; antibiotics; soil chemistry; soil biology; organic amendments; fertigation; biostimulants
Interests: bioremediation; white rot fungi; organic pollutants; pesticides; antibiotics; soil chemistry; soil biology; organic amendments
Healthy soils are the keystone of sustainable agricultural production and an essential resource to ensure human welfare. Agricultural soils are responsible for ecological functions and services that traditionally include the provision of food and fibers, nutrient cycling, maintenance of biogeochemical cycles, and pest and disease suppression, among others. Soil health, indeed, embraces the continuous capacity of soils to maintain their functions and services for future generations. Further attributes of healthy soils include:
- Reduced GHG emissions from direct and indirect agricultural sources;
- Improved water and carbon storage, enhancing soil fertility;
- Support of high biodiversity levels of wild organisms (microbiome, flora, and fauna), domestic animals, and crops;
- Improved quality and quantity of crop yields;
- Effects of inorganic and organic pollutants on agricultural soils
- Physical, chemical and biological methods to describe healthy soils.
This Special Issue on “Soil Health in Agroecosystems” invites submissions on such and other related topics to investigate the role of soil health in all agroecosystem functions, and as providers of ecosystem services, from basic science (biochemical, molecular or physiological approaches) to complex ecological interactions (community ecology, natural enemies, food webs, ecosystem engineers). We also encourage submissions on the influence of agronomical practices and approaches (conventional, organic, agroecological, conservation, or precision agriculture) on soil health, including the response of such soil health aspects to the changing scenarios of climate change.
Dr. Dr. Enrique Eymar
Dr. Carlos García Delgado
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Sustainable agriculture
- Soil functioning
- Soil resilience
- Agroecosystem (bio)diversity