Special Issue "Soil Use Management and Soil Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
2. Department of Mineralogy, Petrography and Geochemistry, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Interests: waste management; biochar; soil organic matter; mineral and organic fertilizers
New trends in waste management are emerging with the goal to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. Changes in physical, biological, and chemical properties of soil after the addition of organic materials and different kinds of mineral/organomineral fertilizers have an effect on soil quality and health, which refers to the soil’s ability to perform certain functions. This results in a direct impact on the living conditions of plants, which translates into the quantity and quality of the biomass obtained. In recent years, the quality and health of soil fertilized with, e.g., exogenous organic matter of waste origin, which is part of the principles of sustainable development and circular economy, is widely recognized by and of great interest to a wide range of scientists around the world. For this reason, manuscripts should focus on the use of a waste material in a new product (e.g., biochar, compost, organomineral fertilizers) and their impact on soil quality. Multidisciplinary research that embraces the diversity of sustainability perspectives is particularly appreciated.
The following are some of the major areas in which papers are solicited:
- Best practices in solid waste collection and recycling—generation and characterization of waste;
- Innovative practices in waste management;
- Protection of soil quality and assessment of soil degradation processes;
- Impact of anthropogenic factors and climate changes on soils;
- Monitoring of soil pollution with trace elements and organic contaminants;
- Reclamation and revitalization of contaminated soils;
- Ecotoxicity assessments and ecological risk assessment;
- Recycling and reuse;
- Treatment (mechanical, biological, chemical, thermal, other);
- organic fertilization impact on soil fertility and its effect on soil environment and plants;
- Agricultural usefulness of organic fertilizers and waste products enriching soil with organic matter (sludges, industrial composts) and raw materials deacidifying soils (calcium, calcium–magnesium fertilizers).
Dr. Monika Mierzwa-Hersztek
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- organic matter
- exogenic organic matter
- soil improvers
- waste management
- ecological risk assessment
- enzymatic activity
- soil pollutions