Special Issue "Effects of Soil Organic Carbon on Agricultural and Environmental Functions"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Emanuele Lugato
Guest Editor
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
Interests: biogeochemical cycles; modelling; SOC turnover; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soils host the largest terrestrial carbon pool, amounting to about 1500 Pg C in the first meter, nearly twice that of the atmospheric pool. Hence, soil management may result in huge atmospheric C feedbacks, as much as climate change, conveying the scientific attention on soil organic carbon (SOC), mainly for its ‘climate regulation functions’.

However, there are other soil functions that can be enhanced by strategies aiming at increasing SOC content. Those include, for instance, the capacity to provide secure food through a higher soil resilience, the provision of soil biodiversity, the regulation of water availability and quality, the improvement of soil quality and the prevention/attenuation of degrading processes such as erosion or desertification. All those functions are affected by SOC balance, but are likely less investigated or quantified than the ‘climate regulation function’, although having themselves an indirect impact on climate.

This Special Issue will focus on Soil Organic Carbon and its influence on agricultural and environmental effects. We welcome novel research, reviews and opinion pieces addressing the relationship between SOC content/balance and soil functions, and is not limited to effects on the atmosphere, but also investigating a broad range of agronomic and ecosystem aspects. Related topics include soil biogeochemistry, hydrology, microbiology, agronomical field studies and modelling at any scale.

Dr. Emanuele Lugato
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 1600 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 organic carbon
  • Soil functions
  • Food provisioning
  • Soil quality
  • Climate regulation
  • Biodiversity
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Water quality

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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