Special Issue "Soil Fertility and Nutrient Cycling"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2017).
Interests: soil fertility; nutrient cycling in soil/plant/animal systems, fertilisers; plant nutrition; pasture legumes; nutrient use efficiency
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Special Issue in Plants: Improving Fertilizer Use Efficiency–Methods and Strategies for the Future
Soil fertility management and nutrient cycling are complex and central to plant function and agricultural productivity. Many factors influence the availability of soil nutrients to plants and soil organisms, including site fertilizer history, soil type, local climate, vegetation type (species, rooting depth, root architecture) and soil parent material. Whether or not the nutrients are cycled back to the soil, or are transported away from the site will also have major effects on soil fertility status. In pasture and extensive grassland based ecosystems, some aspects of nutrient cycling are still poorly understood. We require more knowledge on nutrient efficient forages, especially nitrogen-fixing legumes and the soil/plant mechanisms involved. Further, in arable systems, fertilizer nutrient use efficiency by plants is often very low. New fertilizer technologies are on the horizon to improve efficiencies and are showing considerable promise. The ability of some plant species to persist and flourish in extremes of acid or alkaline soil pH conditions is also of considerable interest. If soil/plant interactions under such conditions are better understood, there is potential to improve yields and to develop large areas of unproductive land. This Special Issue of Plants will focus on the importance of soil fertility in terms of nutrient supply to plants and the complex interactions between soils and plants.
Dr. Jim Moir
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- soil fertility
- nutrient cycling
- soil pH
- arable crops
- soil nutrient availability
- soil/plant interactions
- plant growth and function