Special Issue "Linking Belowground Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Woody Agroecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2020.
Interests: microbial diversity; woody plant microbiomes; beneficial plant–microbe interactions; rhizosphere; deep sequencing; olive; Quercus; pines
Interests: banana; beneficial endophytes; biological control; integrated disease management; olive; omics; plant–microbe interactions; Pseudomonas; Rhizosphere microbiology; soil-borne diseases
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The role of belowground biodiversity in promoting the health and resilience of woody agro-ecosystems (both forests and tree plantations) is of utmost relevance in current plant–soil biota interactions research. In-depth knowledge on the connection between soil function, as mediated by soil biota, and aboveground ecosystem productivity is crucial, thereby supporting a wide range of human activities, and, more importantly, life on our planet. It must be emphasized that tree agro-ecosystems are dominated by vegetal species, displaying peculiarities such as a large biomass, complicated anatomy, large root systems, longevity, and perennial nature, which pose specific and major challenges to researchers.
The predicted increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events due to climate change stresses the need for a better understanding of the ability of these agroecosystems to withstand such disturbances. There are numerous factors that contribute to ecosystem resilience, and effective biological activity in the soil is certainly one of them. Belowground species and functional group diversity underpin soil function, which, in turn, is the keystone of ecosystem productivity and stability. Thus, it cannot the role of belowground biodiversity and aboveground agroecosystem productivity on which humankind depends for its survival be ruled out. As trees play important roles in providing key ecosystem services, increasing our understanding of the links between belowground biota and trees is instrumental to generate novel, and more effective and sustainable management strategies for forest and tree crops.
This Special Issue mainly focuses on how woody plant–microbial interactions can affect plant fitness and ecosystem services of forests and tree crops, and on microbial strategies for dealing with plant stress and increasing ecosystems resilience. We welcome the submission of research reports and review papers.
Dr. Manuel Fernández-López
Dr. Jesús Mercado-Blanco
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Woody plants
- Belowground microbiota
- Ecosystem services
- Soil biodiversity
- Plant fitness
- Plant microbiome