Special Issue "Soil Use Management and Soil Health"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Monika Mierzwa-Hersztek
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1. Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of Agriculture in Krakow, al. Mickiewicza 21, 31-120 Krakow, Poland
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

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • organic matter
  • nutrients
  • exogenic organic matter
  • soil improvers
  • waste management
  • ecological risk assessment
  • microorganisms
  • enzymatic activity
  • soil pollutions

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Clays, Limestone and Biochar Affect the Bioavailability and Geochemical Fractions of Cadmium and Zinc from Zn-Smelter Polluted Soils
Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8606; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208606 - 17 Oct 2020
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Ca-bentonite (CB) alone and in a mixture with limestone (L), tobacco biochar (TB) and zeolite (Z) on the fixation, geochemical fractions and absorption of Cd and Zn by Chinese cabbage in smelter heavily polluted (S-HP) and smelter low polluted (S-LP) soils were investigated. [...] Read more.
Ca-bentonite (CB) alone and in a mixture with limestone (L), tobacco biochar (TB) and zeolite (Z) on the fixation, geochemical fractions and absorption of Cd and Zn by Chinese cabbage in smelter heavily polluted (S-HP) and smelter low polluted (S-LP) soils were investigated. The results showed that the CB + TB and CB + L + TB treatments significantly immobilized Cd up to 22.0% and 29.7%, respectively, and reduced uptake by Chinese cabbage shoot to 36.0% with CB + Z + L and 61.3% with CB + L in S-HP and S-LP soils compared with the control. The CB + Z + L + TB treatment mobilized Cd up to 4.4% and increased absorption in the shoot by 9.9% in S-HP soil. The greatest immobilization of Zn was 53.2% and 58.2% with the CB + Z + L + TB treatment, which reduced Zn uptake in the plant shoot by 10.0% with CB + L and 58.0% with CB + Z + L + TB in S-HP and S-LP soils. The CB + Z + TB and CB + TB treatments mobilized Zn up to 35.4% and 4.9%, respectively, in both soils. Furthermore, the uptake of Zn in plant shoot was observed by 59.0% and 7.9% with application of CB + Z and CB + TB treatments, respectively, in S-HP and S-LP soils. Overall, our results suggest that Ca-bentonite alone and in mixtures with different amendments can be used to reduce the phyto-extraction of Cd and Zn in Zn-smelter polluted soils. Full article
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A Soil Environmental Quality Assessment Model Based on Data Fusion and Its Application in Hebei Province
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6804; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176804 - 21 Aug 2020
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Soil pollution has become one of the most important environmental issues in China. It is very important to evaluate soil environmental quality comprehensively and objectively. This paper proposes a soil environment quality assessment model based on the Driving Force-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) model and data [...] Read more.
Soil pollution has become one of the most important environmental issues in China. It is very important to evaluate soil environmental quality comprehensively and objectively. This paper proposes a soil environment quality assessment model based on the Driving Force-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) model and data fusion. At first, 18 evaluation indicators are selected, including complex indexes, such as the industrialization index, heavy metal pollution index, organic pollution index, potential ecological risk index, and human health risk index, and single indexes such as population density, fertilizer/pesticide application intensity, annual average air quality index, etc. Then, hierarchical analysis model is constructed, and the weight of each indicator is calculated based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. According to the quartile of indicator values of 32 provincial administrative divisions on the Chinese mainland, the values of each indicator are standardized and graded. Finally, the soil environmental quality index (SEQI) is calculated by the weighted average of the standard values of the 18 indicators. The assessment model is then applied in evaluating soil quality of Hebei Province, China. The results show that the soil environmental quality of Hebei’s agricultural land is in a medium state, and the industrial land is approaching the alert state. The pressure of soil pollution mainly comes from the discharge of industrial pollutants and the application of pesticides and fertilizers. Soil pollutants, such as lead, copper, zinc, benzo[a]pyrene, and benzo[a] should be especially controlled. Full article
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