Soil Nitrogen Cycling—a Keystone in Ecological Sustainability

A special issue of Nitrogen (ISSN 2504-3129).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2025 | Viewed by 249

Special Issue Editors

1. State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an 710061, China
2. Hubei Province Key Laboratory for Geographical Process Analysis and Simulation, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
Interests: ecological stoichiometry; agricultural sustainability; nitrogen loss; phosphorus loss; landscape ecology
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Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changsha 410125, China
Interests: soil nitrogen cycling; virus–host interactions; soil microbial ecology
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Guangxi Key Laboratory of Forest Ecology and Conservation, State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-Bioresources, College of Forestry, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
Interests: soil nitrogen cycling; soil microbial ecology; greenhouse gas emissions; agricultural sustainability

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College of Agriculture, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu 030801, China
Interests: nitrogen emission; climate change; agricultural crop productivity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We welcome the contributions of original research and review articles from researchers around the globe in this vital field to this Special Issue.

Nitrogen, a fundamental building block of life, is a critical element for all living organisms. In the context of ecosystems, particularly agricultural and natural ecological systems, the cycling of nitrogen is a complex yet indispensable process. It involves the transformation and movement of nitrogen among soil, plants, microorganisms and the atmosphere. The proper management of soil nitrogen cycling not only enhances crop growth and yield, but also plays a significant role in reducing environmental pollution, particularly in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and combating global warming.

We are looking for submissions covering a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  1. Biogeochemical processes of soil nitrogen cycling;
  2. The role of nitrogen cycling in agricultural ecosystems;
  3. Impacts of nitrogen management strategies on ecosystems and crop yields;
  4. Interactions between nitrogen cycling and global changes such as climate change and land use change;
  5. Innovative methodologies and technologies in the study of nitrogen cycling.

This Special Issue aims to gather insights and findings from diverse perspectives, offering a platform for sharing innovative research in the Soil Nitrogen Cycling field.

Please prepare your manuscript according to the Nitrogen journal's submission guidelines and submit it via our online system. The submission deadline is [31 July 2025].

We eagerly await your contributions, which will undoubtedly enrich our understanding of the significance of soil nitrogen cycling in ecological sustainability.

Dr. Ji Liu
Dr. Hanqing Wu
Dr. Cong Wang
Dr. Peng Wu
Guest Editors

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  • biogeochemical processes
  • ecosystems
  • crop yields
  • global changes
  • agricultural sustainability

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