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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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Founding Editor

Johannes C.G.Ottow

Editor in Chief

Paolo Nannipieri
Department of Agrofood Production and Environmental Sciences
University of Firenze
Piazzale delle Cascine 28
50144 Florence, Italy
Fax: +39-055-333273
e-mail: paolo.nannipieri@unifi.it

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Giacomo Pietramellara
Department of Agrofood Production and Environmental Sciences
University of Firenze
Piazzale delle Cascine 28
50144 Florence, Italy
Fax: +39-055-333273
e-mail: giacomo.pietramellara@unifi.it

Review Editor

Nunan Naoise
iEES Paris
4 place Jussieu,
75005, Paris, France
e-mail: naoise.nunan@upmc.fr

Opinion and Position Editor

Giancarlo Renella PhD
University of Florence
Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences
Piazzale delle Cascine 28
50144 Florence, Italy
email: giancarlo.renella@unifi.it

Regional Editors

Kazuyuki Inubushi
Faculty of Horticulture
Chiba University
Matsudo, Chiba 271-8510, Japan
Fax: +81-47-308-8720
e-mail: inubushi@faculty.chiba-u.jp

Scott X. Chang
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
442 Earth Sciences Building
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2E3
e-mail: Scott.Chang@ualberta.ca

Editorial Board

Tapan Adhyas, Orissa, India
Susumu Asakawa, Nagoya, Japan
Erland Bååth, Lund, Sweden
Luigi Badalucco, Palermo, Italy
Pedro A. Balatti, La Plata, Argentina
Raffaella Balestrini, Torino, Italy
Evgenia Blagodatskaya, Russia
Yanjiang Cai, Hangzhou, China
Luisella Celi, Grugliasco, Italy
Christopher Chanway, Vancouver, Canada
Dick van Elsas, Groningen, The Netherlands
Carlos Garcia, Spain
Bryan Griffiths, UK
Georg Guggenberger, Hannover, Germany
David W. Hopkins, Edinburgh, UK
Mariangela Hungria, Londrina, Brazil
Rainer Joergensen, Witzenhausen, Germany
Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, München, Germany
Robert Linderman, Corvallis, OR, USA
Petra Marschner, Adelaide, Australia
Christoph Mueller, Dublin, Ireland
T. Muthukumar, Tamilnadu, India
Roy Neilson, Hutton University, UK
Visa Nuutinen, Jokioinen, Finland
C. Ryan Penton, Tempe, USA
Jim Prosser, Scotland, UK
Michael Schloter, Oberschleissheim, Germany
Angela Sessitsch, Tulln, Austria
Qirong Shen, China
Greg Thorn, London, Ontario, Canada
Koki Toyota, Japan

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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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