Special Issue "Soil Management Practices to Promote Soil Health"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nádia Luísa Castanheira
Guest Editor
Agrarian and Forestry Systems and Plant Health, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), 2780-157 Oeiras, Portugal
Interests: soil protection and preservation, sustainable soil management practices, soil erosion, nutrient management, soil degradation, soil health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

A major challenge for agriculture today is reducing the negative environmental footprint while sustaining food production for a growing global population. The intensification of crop productivity has been made with intensive use of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides, which has led to land degradation and environmental pollution in several agroecosystems. The pressure on soil resources placed by agriculture has been enormous and still, it is recognized that food necessities have been increasing faster than crop production. We need to understand the soil complex systems, including their various physical, chemical, and biological interactions and how they relate to soil functions. Improving or restoring soil health in agriculture is challenging, and assessment of soil health and quality indicators are expected to enhance our understanding of the factors underlying the processes that contribute to the sustainability of agriculture. We need to enhance knowledge on the plant and soil microbiota and microbial–host dynamics that are beneficial to the host plant and/or the environment. We need to take advantage of the existing natural potential of microbial inoculants that can improve plant access to nutrients and help to improve plant adaptation to stress. This Special Issue will focus on soil management practices to promote soil health, soil quality, and soil biodiversity in agriculture. These soil management practices may include the application of inorganic and organic soil amendments, biostimulants, microbial inoculants, no-tillage, direct seeding, and sustainable agricultural practices. Additionally, soil and water management practices in agriculture, soil monitoring, soil degradation, soil protection, and the role of rhizospheric microorganisms for the sustainability of agriculture will be considered. Papers highlighting the influence of soil management practices on soil health are welcome. This Special Issue invites you to participate and contribute to increased knowledge on this up-to-date challenge for the sustainability of agriculture.

Dr. Nádia Luísa Castanheira
Guest Editor

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  • soil health
  • soil quality
  • soil protection
  • soil degradation
  • soil monitoring
  • soil biodiversity
  • rhizospheric microorganisms for sustainable agriculture
  • sustainable soil and water management practices in agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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