Special Issue "Effects of Agricultural Management on Soil Properties and Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2020.
Interests: soil biota; ants; soil function; local soil knowledge; soil carbon management; soil monitoring; soil health; sustainable livelihoods; landholder pereception of environmental change; sustainable soil management; soil governance; farmer adoption
The International Year of Plant Health is 2020, and this Special Issue is taking a broad focus on the effects of agricultural management on soil properties and health for a sustainable and productive agricultural landscape. This Special Issue contributes to the wider agenda of SDGs[i]. Increasingly, sustainable soil management, and along with it plant health, is being threatened by a continued decline in the amount of arable land through deteriorating soil health or land-use change. Farmers and land managers around the world need practical and adoptable measures to improve this situation, and in ways they can largely control, such as good agricultural practices, monitoring soil properties and health, and system transformation. A number of studies into farmers’ practice suggest that their management of soil is influenced by observable features, and often, they are more focused on above-ground changes in plant growth and vigour than below-ground changes in soil properties, although they do appreciate that the two are strongly related and dependent on each other. In science, the examination of “best practice” for soil conservation, and improvements in soil health, have largely occurred in experimental and highly controlled situations. To fully understand the mechanisms of change, and to understand how the farming system can be managed sustainably, the unpredictable nature of a farmer’s field is often avoided in research. Nevertheless, farmers need to know the consequences of applying specific or groups of agricultural management practices on plant and soil health outcomes, and on the whole agricultural system. This Special Issue welcomes researchers from a wide disciplinary background to share their research into the effects of agricultural management on soil properties and health, and on the wider ramifications for a productive and sustainable agricultural landscape in an increasingly changing and disrupted world.
[i] 01. End poverty in all its forms everywhere; 02. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; 08. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss; 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Dr. Lisa Lobry de Bruyn
Manuscript Submission Information
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- soil health
- plant health
- farmers perception
- good agricultural practices
- soil conservation
- minimum tillage
- regenerative agriculture
- conservation agriculture
- farmer adoption
- soil carbon management