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Special Issue "Biotech for Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carlo Pozzi
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Landscape, Agroenergy (DISAA), University of Milan
Interests: plant genetics; plant genomics; plant biotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biotechnology has the potential to facilitate and promote sustainable agriculture and rural development, especially because it can provide renewable and sustainable genetic inputs. There is a need to better describe how this goal can be achieved, and which are the tools available to implement a new biotechnology-driven green revolution. The change is already happening at a fast pace, and the advocates of the sustainable agriculture movement are opposing agricultural biotechnology, often on the basis of misperceived data. This Special Issue on “Biotech for Sustainable Agriculture” is aiming at providing a description of the state-of-the-art and of the perspectives, as well as new solid data, that support the importance of sustainable biotechnology in agriculture. The studies reported will also cover the need to rapidly respond to the challenges posed by climate change. The topics included in this Issue will span from the contribution of genetically modified organisms, to sustainable agriculture, to biosafety. The organisms considered will be crops and livestock, but also microorganisms. Particular attention will be devoted to breakthrough technologies, including genome editing and nanotechnologies.

Dr. Carlo Pozzi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable agriculture
  • biotechnology
  • climate change
  • genetically modified organisms
  • nanotechnology
  • biosafety
  • new breeding technologies

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Attitude Gaps with Respect to GM Non-Food Crops and GM Food Crops and Confidence in the Government’s Management of Biotechnology: Evidence from Beijing Consumers, Chinese Farmers, Journalists, and Government Officials
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 324; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010324 - 31 Dec 2019
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Most soybean oil consumed in China is made from imported genetically modified (GM) soybeans, while livestock are fed imported GM soy meal and GM corn. However, no GM food crops are allowed to be planted in China at present. That puts China in [...] Read more.
Most soybean oil consumed in China is made from imported genetically modified (GM) soybeans, while livestock are fed imported GM soy meal and GM corn. However, no GM food crops are allowed to be planted in China at present. That puts China in a confusing situation where GM foods can be eaten but cannot be grown. Many studies suggest that it is partially due to Chinese consumers’ and government officials’ opposition to GM technology. This is the first study that examines different stakeholders’ and journalists’ attitudes toward the commercialization of GM non-food crops and GM food crops and investigates the attitude gaps with respect to these crops. From 2015 to 2016, surveys were conducted face-to-face and by email with 1730 respondents, including 1460 consumers, 54 farmers, 70 journalists, and 146 agricultural officials. We find that nearly 60% of respondents are supportive of the commercialization of GM non-food crops, but less than 30% of respondents support the commercialization of GM food crops. Around 50% of respondents have no confidence in the government’s management of biotechnology, while only 17% have confidence in the government’s management. Those with lack of confidence in the government’s management are less likely to support the commercialization of GM crops. Full article
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Understanding Phytomicrobiome: A Potential Reservoir for Better Crop Management
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5446; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135446 - 06 Jul 2020
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Recent crop production studies have aimed at an increase in the biotic and abiotic tolerance of plant communities, along with increased nutrient availability and crop yields. This can be achieved in various ways, but one of the emerging approaches is to understand the [...] Read more.
Recent crop production studies have aimed at an increase in the biotic and abiotic tolerance of plant communities, along with increased nutrient availability and crop yields. This can be achieved in various ways, but one of the emerging approaches is to understand the phytomicrobiome structure and associated chemical communications. The phytomicrobiome was characterized with the advent of high-throughput techniques. Its composition and chemical signaling phenomena have been revealed, leading the way for “rhizosphere engineering”. In addition to the above, phytomicrobiome studies have paved the way to best tackling soil contamination with various anthropogenic activities. Agricultural lands have been found to be unbalanced for crop production. Due to the intense application of agricultural chemicals such as herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, fertilizers, etc., which can only be rejuvenated efficiently through detailed studies on the phytomicrobiome component, the phytomicrobiome has recently emerged as a primary plant trait that affects crop production. The phytomicrobiome also acts as an essential modifying factor in plant root exudation and vice versa, resulting in better plant health and crop yield both in terms of quantity and quality. Not only supporting better plant growth, phytomicrobiome members are involved in the degradation of toxic materials, alleviating the stress conditions that adversely affect plant development. Thus, the present review compiles the progress in understanding phytomicrobiome relationships and their application in achieving the goal of sustainable agriculture. Full article
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