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Biology and Fertility of Soils

Biology and Fertility of Soils

Cooperating Journal of International Society of Soil Science

Editor-in-Chief: Paolo Nannipieri

ISSN: 0178-2762 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-0789 (electronic version)

Journal no. 374

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Special Issue "Resource Stoichiometric and Fertility in soil” in Biology and Fertility of Soils


Special issue on the research legacy of Prof. Yoav Bashan: Application of beneficial microorganisms and their effects on soil, plants, and the environment
For more than three decades Prof. Bashan was a leading figure on the Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria (PGPB) field; his research focused on bacterial inoculants, plant-bacteria interaction in terrestrial environments, microbial-assisted ecological restoration of disturbed environments, and microbiology of the desert. This special issue seeks the submission of papers dealing with various aspects of the exciting research being carried out globally on the topics of Prof. Bashan:
1. Inoculation of plants with microbes that enhance plant growth, survival, and health
a. Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria (PGPB)
b. Mycorrhizal fungi and the mycorrhizosphere
c. Nutrient-altering bacteria or fungi: nitrogen fixers, P-
solubilizing microbes.
d. Methods for producing commercial microbial products
2. Soil-generating/rock weathering microbes
3. Environmental stress-reducing microbes: salinity, metal contamination, hardpan, drought.
4. Microbial effects on reforestation/restoration/reclamation of desert eroded soils, disturbed lands, mangroves, mine sites.
5. Microbial synergisms, co-metabolism, dual inoculations (micro-algae and bacteria, multi-agent microbial products)
When submitting a manuscript for the special issue, it is crucial that corresponding authors specify the submission to the Special Issue, and identify the suggested topic in their cover letter. For instructions on submitting a manuscript please see the Biology and Fertility of Soils Instructions to authors.
Submission dateline: September 4 2019
Contact: If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor in Chief (paolo.nannipieri@unifi.it) or the Managing Editor (Giacomo.pietramellara@unifi.it).
Special Issue Editors:
Dr. Luz de-Bashan luz@bashanfoundation.org
Dr. Hani Antoun hani.antoun.1@ulaval.ca
Dr. Robert Linderman bob.linderman@planthealthllc.com
Biology and Fertility of Soils is seeking for submission to a special issue entitled “Resource Stoichiometric and fertility in soil” edited by Tida Ge, Yu Luo and Bhupinder Pal Singh.
Ecological stoichiometry has been a centerpiece of ecological theory for over 80 years, and the stoichiometric theory used elemental ratios to predict elmental cycling, like, organic matter decomposition, nutrient retention, from microbial cell to ecosystem scales. Most of recent stoichiometry studies are limited in aquatic environments. It requires consideration of biogeochemical fluxes along the terrestrial system. Nutrient availability and its C:N:P stoichiometric ratios are critical in the regulation of nutrient transformation, substrate C (e.g. plant rhizodeposition) and soil organic C (SOC) mineralization in agroecosystems. Agriculture practice has led to significant increase of anthropogenic inputs of nutrients and C into ecosystems. The effects of resource input on soil C dynamics have been interpreted using the theories of “nutrient mining” or “microbial stoichiometry”. These theories predict that activity, biomass and composition of microbial communities are driven by microbial demand for resources, like C, energy, nutrients, etc. Stoichiometry allows deep understanding of biological organization at different scales, from cellular metabolism, e.g. an optimal C:N:P ratio of microbes, to agrosystem. However, studies on the relationship of stoichiometry of microbial biomass, enzyme activities and community composition with elemental cycling in agriculture ecosystem, like SOC mineralization and plant nutrients uptakes, is still limited.
This special issue aims to bring together a number of studies to provide quantitative and mechanistic insights into key processes that govern nutrient and C dynamics, like substrate derived C decomposition and priming of SOC mineralization, with implications for soil C storage. The cutting-edge techniques, including C isotope, biomarkers and molecular biology (high-throughput gene sequencing) have been applied to address the effects of agricultural practices and global environmental changes on soil C dynamics. Results from these studies will, indeed, enhance our understanding of elemental biogeochemical processes, such as how C dynamics is regulated by resource stoichiometric , and also unravel the link between elemental biogeochemical processes and resource stoichiometric in terrestrial ecosystems (stoichiometric based on processes).
Submissions Process: Submissions are due by 30 November 2019 on the following website . When submitting a manuscript for the special issue, it is crucial that corresponding authors follow the steps below (otherwise the manuscript will not be recognized as being part of the Special Issue):
Peer Review: All manuscript will be peer-reviewed by 2-4 independent reviewers and handled by the Guest Editors, in collaboration with the Journal’s Editor in Chief. Special issue papers accepted for publication in the special issue will be available online very soon after acceptance, and before inclusion in the special issue.
Contact: If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor in Chief (paolo.nannipieri@unifi.it) or the Managing Editor (Giacomo.pietramellara@unifi.it).
Special Issue Editors:
Dr. Tida Ge
Email: gtd@isa.ac.cn
Dr. Yu Luo
Email: luoyu@zju.edu.cn
Dr. Bhupinder Pal Singh
Email: bp.singh@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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    This journal publishes original papers, reviews and short communications concerning fundamental and applied aspects of biology (microflora and microfauna), biochemistry and fertility of soils. Special issues on relevant topics, or based on meetings, are also considered for publication in BFS. A few position papers and letters may also published in each issue. Manuscripts should fit within the following main areas:

    Soil biology microflora, virus and fauna, their processes, turn-over, and interactions in soil or in model, systems; microbial communities on plant roots and their association (nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza), molecular signals between roots, between roots and microorganisms and between microorganisms as affected by soil; microbial diversity and soil functionality; gene detection and gene expression in soil; omics in soil; gene exchange in both rhizosphere and bulk soil.

    Soil biochemistry reactions, kinetics, activities and localization in the soil matrix of enzymes; metabolic rates and reactions controlling the overall rate of metabolic processes; biotic versus abiotic reactions.

    Soil fertility microflora-and-faunal-mediated processes that affect (directly or indirectly) nutrient availability, uptake, soil-root interrelationships and plant productivity in general; modelling of mechanisms and processes in nutrient mobilization, immobilization and organic matter stabilization.

    Soil quality effect of contaminants (pesticides, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, etc) on composition and activity of soil biota; bioaccumulation in food chains; behavior of soil borne pathogens; hazard and fate of potentially pathogenic organisms in soil; biological processes involved in production and consumption of greenhouse gas¸processes by soil communities and the role of soil as a carbon sink.

    Soil biotechnology unknown microorganisms and new microbial products (enzymes, antibiotics, etc); organisms and processes applied in biotechnology of agricultural wastes and their use in soil; biological control of techniques; inoculation in rhizosphere and bulk soil; manipulations of soil microorganisms; biological remediation of contaminated soils.

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