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Special Issue "Suitable Agronomic Techniques for Sustainable Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: sustainable agriculture; agricultural ecology; cropping systems; conservation tillage; soil fertility; herbaceous crops production; weeds control; agroecosystem management and relative evaluation by sustainability indicators; soil GHGs emission as affected by agronomic techniques
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Interests: crop management; crop production; agriculture; soil fertility; fertilizers; sustainable agriculture; organic farming; soil; environmental science; plant nutrition
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The agricultural models that have been developed in the last century, mainly in industrialized countries, have contributed to changes in agroecosystems and environmental quality; some of these changes have been quite extensive. By simplifying agroecosystems, the adoption of intensive systems designed in accordance with the maximum crop specialization principle have taken place at the expense of the massive use of auxiliary energy in the form of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, synthetic substances, etc. The consequent challenges are of an energetic nature, and there are concerns regarding the loss of soil fertility, soil carbon reduction, eutrophication and water pollution, the breakdown of biological balances, poisoning of the food chain, and danger to the health of agricultural operators. All of these aspects require a revision of the ways in which food is produced. Farms should operate by adhering more closely to the principles that govern the functioning of natural ecosystems. Cropping systems should be designed and managed with a high level of environmental sustainability, using natural resources (water, solar radiation, etc.) and with production directed towards both achieving a high quality and quantity sufficient for satisfying consumers’ food demands. Hence, the transfer of specialized cropping systems to integrated agroecosystems has become a pressing need.
To realize these objectives, demanding and in-depth studies are needed to find new cultivation strategies with suitable agronomic techniques which lead to sustainable agriculture and greater environmental balance. The components and functions of farms (agroecosystems) must be integrated and persist over time.
Suitable agronomic techniques, such as crops managed in a correct rotation and/or intercropping, soil tillage tools and management, weed control, and pest strategies, etc., should be applied singularly and/or in combination.
This Special Issue of Sustainability will present a collection of papers which analyze modern and innovative agronomic techniques suitable for both herbaceous and tree sustainable cropping systems. The innovative agronomic techniques described in this Special Issue should amplify the current knowledge and contribute to shedding light on new pathways for sustainable food production in farm cropping systems.
Dr. Agr. Roberto Mancinelli
Dr. Emanuele Radicetti
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- agronomic techniques
- sustainable agroecosystems
- cropping systems management
- soil tillage and management
- crop yield
- soil nutrient management
- soil carbon sequestration
- weed control
- food quality production
- greenhouse gas emissions
- precision agriculture