Special Issue "Organic Horticulture"
A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
Prof. Dr. Douglas D. Archbold
The organic production of horticultural crops has experienced some of the greatest growth within horticulture in recent years. This growth is driven by both growers’ desires for more sustainable systems, and by consumer’s concerns for their and their family’s health and for the environment. As growers seek to establish and expand organic production to meet these demands, they will need to adopt sound, scientifically-based production practices. While the broader interpretation of “organic” and of related practices may be generally understood and viewed as desirable (i.e., no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, no genetically modified plants, and the promotion of soil and plant health), the rapid evolution of specific practices and production systems suggests that they may be neither well-established nor been subjected to sufficient scientific scrutiny to determine their appropriateness for broader adoption. Nonetheless, significant progress has been and is being made towards establishing site-specific to system-level practices for the successful organic production of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops. This Special Issue focuses on reviews of research under a broad definition of “organic horticulture”. The Special Issue's scope encompasses production practices and systems that may be alternatively defined as eco-agriculture, natural farming, biodynamic agriculture, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, etc. Horticulturae is seeking reviews of research within any and all of these alternatives to conventional horticultural production. Specific topics can be wide-ranging (i.e., across crops, system-level approaches) to narrowly-focused (i.e., a specific region, crop, or practice) and are at the discretion of the author(s).
Prof. Dr. Douglas Archbold
Manuscript Submission Information
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- organic agriculture
- natural farming
- biodynamic agriculture
- regenerative agriculture