Special Issue "Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation"
A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: dynamics of nutrients and toxic elements in the plant–soil system; soil pollution and remediation; soil mineralogy
Interests: sustainable agronomic management; soil characterization and monitoring; soil quality indices; proximal sensing; mixed effects models accounting for residual autocorrelation
Interests: soil hydrology
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Special Issue in Water: Soil Hydrology for a Sustainable Land Management: Theory and Practice
Special Issue in Sustainability: The Progressive Replacement of Traditional Agriculture by Precision Livestock Farming and Super-Intensive Crops: Effects on Land Degradation and New Challenges
Special Issue in Water: Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-arid Areas
Interests: organic farming; agro-ecology; compost production, evaluation and application; sustainable agriculture assessment
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Soil degradation is one of the most topical environmental threats. A number of processes causing soil degradation, specifically erosion, compaction, salinization, pollution, and loss of both organic matter and soil biodiversity, is also strictly connected to agricultural activity and its intensification. The development and adoption of sustainable agronomic practices able to preserve and enhance the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils and improve agroecosystem function is a challenge for both scientists and farmers. In recent decades, much progress has been achieved in the development of sustainable practices based on minimal soil disturbance, use of cover crops, organic mulching, crop rotations, water and nutrients conservation, recycling of crop residues and livestock manure for soil amendment, and precision agriculture. Several natural mechanisms of plants and microorganisms have also been usefully applied for the control of weeds and pests, as well as for the abatement of soil pollution. Furthermore, collaboration among different scientific disciplines has increased the ability to investigate problems and find practical solutions. In particular, the availability of innovative methodologies for rapid and accurate soil–plant system monitoring (proximal sensors, expeditious methods) and for data analysis has improved the understanding of soil processes and the adoption of sustainable management options. In addition, the sustainability assessment of agricultural systems performed by different methodologies, such as energy analysis and carbon footprint evaluation, is a crucial step in facing environmental threats like greenhouse gas (GHG) emission that lead to global warming.
This Special Issue welcomes original research papers and reviews focusing on recent advances and novelties in the field of sustainable and conservative agriculture. Multidisciplinary investigations are strongly encouraged.
Dr. Concetta Eliana Gattullo
Dr. Anna Maria Stellacci
Dr. Mirko Castellini
Dr. Mariangela Diacono
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- Soil fertility and nutrient cycling
- Carbon sequestration
- Soil degradation
- Cover crops
- Soil biodiversity
- Soil pollution and remediation
- Water conservation practices
- Soil monitoring and characterization
- Proximal sensing for precision input applications
- Sustainability assessment