Special Issue "Ecosystem Fluxes in Agricultural Cropping Systems"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Physiology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Vitale
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Guest Editor
Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFoM), National Research Council of Italy-CNR, 80055 Portici, NA, Italy
Interests: agroecology; greenhouse gases; ecosystem carbon fluxes; crop ecology; crop physiology; nitrogen and carbon cycles
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Dr. Terenzio Zenone
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Guest Editor
Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFoM), National Research Council of Italy-CNR, 80055 Portici, NA, Italy
Interests: biogeochemical cycles; greenhouse gas emission; land use change; bioenergy; crop physiology; soil carbon

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global agriculture is currently under an unprecedented pressure due to projected increases in the world’s population, a shift in developing countries toward higher consumption of resources, high-protein food consumption, and climate change. Agriculture is affected by climate change but is also a driver of climate change itself, and therefore, an adaptation of current agricultural practices is urgently required. Better agricultural management practices (e.g., livestock activities, improved irrigation efficiency, integration of crop rotations, and enhanced crop nutrients requirement) are key factors for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation. Crop cultivation, soil management, and livestock activities are responsible for non‑CO2 emissions in the form of nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4). These latter ones deeply affect the capability of cropping systems to act as a carbon sink. Sustainable agronomic management practices promote the ability of cropping systems to enhance the carbon sequestration by affecting photosynthetic fluxes and soil respiration. Carbon sequestration by cropping systems is also highly sensitive to climate: current climate warming might compromise the crop’s ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis or promote carbon release through increased autotrophic and heterotrophic soil respiration rates. Moreover, agricultural cropping systems are important sources of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). Although BVOCs constitute only a small fraction of the overall carbon balance, their high reactivity has deep implications on climate and climate change. To date, little is known about the contribution of agronomic management and climate on BVOC emissions from agricultural cropping systems.

This Special Issue is open to research articles and reviews covering the crop physiology and the soil microbiology related to ecosystem carbon fluxes, non‑CO2 emissions, the chemistry of BVOC including biosynthetic pathways, and carbon balance in agricultural cropping systems.

Dr. Luca Vitale
Dr. Terenzio Zenone
Guest Editors

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  • crop photosynthesis
  • autotrophic and heterotrophic soil respiration
  • net ecosystem production
  • biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds
  • effect of abiotic and biotic factors on ecosystem fluxes
  • cropping management and ecosystem fluxes
  • carbon balance
  • non CO2 fluxes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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