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Special Issue "Mycorrhizal Fungi in Sensitive Environments"
A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015).
Interests: mycorrhizal fungi; agroecosystems; nitrogen cycle; carbon cycle; isotopes; tree ecophysiology
Mycorrhizal fungi play a role in many biogeochemical cycles that can be relevant to seek a sustainable agricultural management. This is of interest, especially in those areas of the world particularly sensitive to environmental disruption due to inadequate soil management and to climate change. Mountain areas include many of these sensitive areas, and therefore they require special care to avoid the excessive exploitation of resources, such as water and biodiversity, and to limit environmental pollution due to, for example, nitrogen leaching into waters. This topic is of particular importance because of the many people relying on mountain resources both directly, through crop production and animal farming, and indirectly, for example as consumers of the downstream water. The question we will address is if and how improving and protecting mycorrhizal symbiosis can sustain more environmental friendly agricultural and agroforestry practices and support the protection of sensitive areas. Other aspects that can be addressed are whether (1) mycorrhizal fungi can enhance water and nutrient use efficiency of plants in sensitive environments, hence saving resources and decreasing pollution risks; (2) mycorrhizal fungi can favor the growth of food crops in areas traditionally unsuitable or little suitable to agriculture, hence enhancing the agricultural and agroforestry potential of these areas; and (3) mycorrhizal fungi can serve as proxy of the impact of climate change on sensitive environments, for example in relation to the fluctuations of biodiversity. This special issue of JoF therefore deals with aspects related to the possible contribution of mycorrhizal fungi to relieve environmental burdens such as nitrogen leaching, water shortage and diffusion of plant pests. This special issue should focus specifically on mountain environments although other types of sensitive environments might be taken into account if relevant.
Prof. Dr. Francesca Scandellari
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- mycorrhizal fungi
- mountain areas
- sensitive environments
- agroforestry and agriculture
- plant nutrition
- water resources protection and exploitation
- soil erosion and stability
- ecosystem biodiversity