Special Issue "Agrobiodiversity and Sustainable Production on Agricultural Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Filipa Monteiro
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Guest Editor
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal & Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), Universidade de Lisboa, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: agrobiodiversity; sustainable agriculture; genetic diversity; tropical agriculture; plant genomics
Dr. Mónica Sebastiana
Guest Editor
Plant Functional Genomics Group, University of Lisboa, Faculty of Sciences, BioISI - Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute. Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: low impact agriculture; mycorrhizas; plant genomics; plant symbiosis for improving response to biotic and abiotic stress
Dr. Patrícia Vidigal
Guest Editor
Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF), School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: agriculture systems; agrobiodiversity; genetic diversity; Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS); bioremediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the Green Revolution, there has been an increase in agriculture intensification, with more land occupied with monoculture crops and production systems heavily reliant on external inputs (phytochemical and water). Nowadays, demand for agricultural products is increasing due to the growing world population and the recent awareness of the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet. However, agricultural production systems are facing serious challenges, such as the desirable reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the extreme weather conditions, which are a consequence of climate change. As a result of intensive production systems, agriculture ecosystems are at the edge of collapse, suffering from increased soil degradation and contamination, loss of biodiversity, and decrease in water quality and availability, ultimately threatening production yields and food security. To increase plant production in a sustainable manner, we need novel approaches, such as increasing agrobiodiversity and the use of biofertilizers.

This Special Issue aims to gather and present innovative research results, advancements, and established methodologies to improve efficiency and sustainability of agriculture ecosystems, as well as agrobiodiversity, on the areas of molecular biology, genetic diversity, functional genomics, agroecology, and socioeconomic studies, altogether to counteract the increasing detrimental results from the underperformance of current agriculture practices.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

- Crop biodiversity, germplasm characterization, and genetic diversity, covering commercial varieties, neglected and underutilized crops/landraces, as well as crop wild relative assessment;

- Agroecosystem sustainability (plant and soil), including studies in crop rotations, consociations, cover crops, no-tillage (NT), and the integration of livestock onto cropped lands;

- Studies integrating sustainability of agriculture systems with socioeconomic disciplines (i.e., value-chain, added-value products, agro-economy, resilient agriculture);

- Green solutions, such as the use of mutualistic natural interactions between plants and beneficial microorganisms from the rhizosphere to improve crop nutrition and resistance to stress.

Dr. Filipa Monteiro
Dr. Mónica Sebastiana
Dr. Patrícia Vidigal
Guest Editors

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  • Crop biodiversity
  • Germplasm characterization
  • Genetic diversity
  • Covering commercial varieties
  • Agroecosystem sustainability
  • Green solutions

Published Papers

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