Special Issue "Agrobiodiversity and Sustainable Food Systems"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svein Øivind Solberg
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Interests: biodiversity; phenotypic and genetic diversity; soil and plant interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant diversity is essential for healthy diets and sustainable food production. Crop diversity is maintained in seed banks where the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard houses a backup of world’s plant genetic resources. Production, on the other hand, tends to focus on limited numbers of crops and with a limited genetic background. With the ongoing climate change, we see many challenges in sustaining the food security. In this Special Issue, we welcome philosophical, theoretical, and practical review and research papers on different approaches of diversification and sustainability in our food systems. This can be on overviewing genetic resources, farmers’ access to plant diversity, or constraints in production, marketing, and trade. We welcome contributions on under-utilized crops, food trees/agroforestry, traditional vegetables, and indigenous knowledge related to the production and use of plants.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svein Øivind Solberg
Guest Editor

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.

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  • Genetic diversity 
  • Crop diversification 
  • Climate change 
  • Food security 
  • Indigenous knowledge

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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