Special Issue "Agroecological Approaches for Soil Health and Water Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: ecohydrology; mining hydrology; irrigation; soil and water management
Chief Guest Editor
Interests: soil carbon sequestration, soil health, sustainable agriculture, nutrient cycling, soil organic matter, greenhouse gas emissions
Soils sustain our food systems, regulate the flow of freshwater, store vast quantities of carbon and nutrients, and support numerous organisms. Innovations in agricultural technologies in the last century that have been centered on maximizing food production to feed the growing population have contributed to significant changes in agroecosystem processes, including carbon, nutrients, and water cycling. There is growing concern regarding soil fertility depletion, soil carbon loss, greenhouse gas emissions, irrigational water scarcity, and water pollution, consequently affecting soil health, agricultural productivity, system sustainability, and environmental quality. An improved understanding of biochemical pathways of soil organic matter and nutrient cycling, microbial community involved in regulating soil health, and soil processes associated with water flow and retention in soil profile will help in designing better agricultural systems and ultimately support plant growth and productivity. Agroecological approaches in soil and water management can provide, maintain or enhance multiple ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, nutrient and water cycling, greenhouse gas mitigation, and ultimately create a sustainable agro-environment.
This Special Issue will present a collection of original research and review papers, which study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in soils under diverse agroecosystems. We will cover topics related to tillage, nutrients, irrigation, amendments, crop rotations, crop residue management with reference to soil health, soil C and nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, soil water dynamics, and hydrological processes. We also cover topics that discuss impacts and implications of natural processes and anthropogenic effects, such as climate change, drought, and other forms of environmental stresses on soil and water dynamics and agricultural sustainability.
Prof. Rajan Ghimire
Dr. Bharat Sharma Acharya
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Agroecosystem management
- Climate change
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Hydrological processes
- Nutrient cycling
- Nutrient management
- Organic matter
- Soil carbon cycling and sequestration
- Soil health
- Soil microbial community
- Soil–plant–environment interaction
- Sustainable cropping systems
- Water management