Special Issue "Selected Plant-Related Papers from the First Joint Meeting on Soil and Plant System Sciences (SPSS 2019) “Natural and Human-induced Impacts on the Critical Zone and Food Production”"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Claudio Zaccone
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Guest Editor
Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Cà Vignal 2, Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 Verona, Italy
Interests: biogeochemistry; soil science; C cycle; soil organic matter; biomass reutilization in agriculture
Prof. Michela Schiavon
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Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, University of Padova, Italy
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Interests: plant physiology; plant nutrition; selenium; crop biofortification; metal/loids; phytoremediation; plant biostimulants
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Dr. Silvia Celletti
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen, Bolzano, Italy
Interests: plant physiological responses to mineral deficiencies (mainly sulfur and iron); use of manure-based hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) byproducts in soilless culture systems
Prof. Teodoro Miano
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Guest Editor
Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70121 Bari BA,Italy
Interests: soil fertility; plant nutrition; plant biostimulants; fertilizers; pesticides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board, and the Guest Editors, Plants is very pleased to announce the Call for papers for a Special Issue that will comprise selected, extended plant-related papers presented during the First Joint Meeting on Soil and Plant System Sciences (SPSS 2019) “Natural and Human-Induced Impacts on the Critical Zone and Food Production” held on 23–26 September 2019 at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (CIHEAM) in Valenzano, Italy (https://spss2019.azuleon.org/).
Contributors are welcome to submit original research, method, opinion, and review articles related to the topics covered during the meeting, including i) natural and agricultural systems, ii) food safety, iii) plant responses to natural and human-induced drivers, and iv) frontiers in plant sciences.
Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Prof. Claudio Zaccone
Prof. Michela Schiavon
Dr. Silvia Celletti
Prof. Teodoro Miano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • rhizosphere
  • nutrient cycling and availability
  • hormones
  • antioxidants
  • transcriptomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics
  • food production
  • sustainability
  • fertilizers
  • toxic elements
  • biostimulants

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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