The Transfer of Metal(loid)s in Soil–Plant Systems

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant–Soil Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 150

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1. Laboratoire de Bioressources et Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université Cadi Ayyad, Boulevard Abdelkrim Khattabi, BP 549, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
2. Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Center of Excellence for Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid, Ben Guerir, Morocco
Interests: environmental science; urban soils; mining soils; metal(loid)s pollution; soil microbiology; bioremediation; phytoremediation; environmental toxicity tests; health risk assessment

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CBQF—Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina—Laboratório Associado, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Rua Diogo Botelho 1327, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal
Interests: environmental biotechnology; phytoremediation; phytomanagement; microbial assisted phytotechnological approaches; plant-microbe interactions; soil health; development of bioinoculant formulations; effects of climate change and related abiotic stresses on plant growth and development
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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue of Plants (MDPI) entitled “The Transfer of Metal(loid)s in Soil–Plant Systems”. We welcome the submission of interdisciplinary work in the format of original research papers, case studies, and review articles.

Soils may harbor elevated concentrations of metal(loid) micropollutants arising both from natural and/or anthropogenic sources including sewage sludge application, wastewater irrigation, and agrochemical inputs. The contamination of agricultural soils by metal(loid)s is becoming a growing concern due to its implications for food safety issues, the associated health risks, and detrimental impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. Cultivating plants for food or fodder on contaminated soils poses the risk of absorption and subsequent transfer to edible parts, potentially endangering human and animal health. Metal accumulation in plant tissues can result from the absorption of metals by root systems and/or from the deposition of airborne metal contaminants onto plant surfaces. The extent of metal(loid) accumulation in plant tissues is highly influenced by a multitude of factors including the physicochemical and biological properties of soils, the elements involved, and the plant species.

Submissions should encompass cutting-edge research on the origin, distribution, and behavior of metal(loid)s in soils, including their transfer within the soil–plant system. Emphasis should be given to rhizosphere processes influencing metal transfer, as well as methods for assessing bioavailability and conducting health risk assessments. Additionally, we strongly encourage the submission of papers focused on assessing the impact of sustainable farming practices, such as the use of organo-mineral amendments, crop rotation strategies, and microbial inoculation on the dynamics of micropollutants in the plant–soil system.

Prof. Dr. Ali Boularbah
Dr. Sofia Isabel Almeida Pereira
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  • metals
  • metalloids
  • natural origin
  • anthropogenic origin
  • bioavailability
  • toxicity
  • soil/plant transfer
  • plant uptake
  • rhizospheric mechanisms
  • soil health
  • organo-mineral amendments
  • bioaugmentation
  • cropping patterns

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