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Plant and Soil

Plant and Soil

An International Journal on Plant-Soil Relationships

Editor-in-Chief: Hans Lambers
Managing Editor: Lieve Bultynck

ISSN: 0032-079X (print version)
ISSN: 1573-5036 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11104

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Re-vegetation under Karst Rocky Desertification: A Plant-microbial-soil Interaction Perspective 

Plant and Soil is seeking submissions for a Special Issue entitled Re-vegetation under Karst Rocky Desertification: A Plant-microbial-soil Interaction Perspective guest edited by Xinhua He, Weiyu Shi and Minggang Xu. Submissions open in November and close on 30 April 2020.
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. All manuscript will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 independent reviewers and handled by the Guest Editors, in collaboration with the Journal’s Section Editors.
The karst landscape, an irregular geomorphology or landform with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns, mostly in limestone or carbonate areas, is one of the most fragile terrestrial ecosystems in the world. About 15%-20% of the word’s land areas are the highly sensitive and vulnerable karst ecosystem. A large part of the karst areas previously covered by vegetation has been turned into rocky landscapes, which are characterized by rocky desertification. The karst rocky desertification, the consequence of the degradation of both soil ecosystems and plant communities, has occurred in a number of countries or regions of the world including Belize, Guatemala, Mexico of North America, Israel of the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, and Caribbean Island countries, particularly in the European Mediterranean Basin, Dinaric Karst and Southwest China. Various ecological restoration strategies or practices in different countries or regions including revegetation, land development, water and soil conservation/management, soil quality improvement, have been adopted to combat such a severe rocky desertification or land degradation. Essentially, the core of all these strategies is the recovery and health of vegetation and soil for controlling the karst rocky desertification.
The karst soil is unique to multiple ecological and chemical properties for growing vegetation as it is characterized by relatively high soil pH, Ca, Mg and unexpected abundant organic matter, although the soil depth is only 10-30 cm thin on the slope. Yet, numerous algae, lichens, mosses, ferns, grasses and woody plants growing on such shallow karst soils can enhance rock weathering, soil fertility, and maintain the relevant micro-biota. A success re-vegetation is therefore manipulated by interactions among plants, microbes and soil in the harsh karst environment.
This special issue will gather re-vegetation studies against the Karst Rocky Desertification while focusing on interactions among plant, microbe and soil (see a conceptual diagram below). It welcomes studies that will improve our understanding of plant physiological responses to karst soil processes including geochemical process, water and soil conservation, soil microbial functioning, etc., during the re-vegetation.The state-of-art technologies including stable and radioactive isotopes, molecular biological techniques, physical probes (heat pulse or diffuse), even remote sensing technology and big data or meta-analysis are also expected for quantifying the interactive mechanisms in plant-microbial-soil systems under the Karst Rocky Desertification scenarios.
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To submit a manuscript for this special issue, authors should follow the steps below:
a. Authors submit their paper through the following website http://plso.edmgr.com/
b. In the “Select an Article Type” step, authors must select “Special Issue S85 – Karst” from the dropdown menu.
c. In the “Enter Comments” step, authors must type the following comment in the box: “This manuscript is intended for Special Issue S85 – Karst”. Other comments related to the manuscript may be added after the aforementioned paragraph.
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If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor in Chief (hans.lambers@uwa.edu.au) or the Managing Editor (plso-plants@uwa.edu.au).
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue "Plant-soil interactions on the Tibetan Plateau" 

Plant and Soil is seeking submissions for a Special Issue entitled Plant-soil interactions on the Tibetan Plateau guest edited by Jin-Sheng He, Zhanhuan Shang, Yunfeng Yang, Shikui Dong, Gaolin Wu and Maja Sundqvist.
Submissions are due by June 30th, 2019, with the aim of publishing the special issue in late 2019. 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.
All manuscript will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 independent reviewers and handled by the Guest Editors, in collaboration with the Journal’s Section Editors.
Important Submission Information:
To submit a manuscript for this special issue, authors should follow the steps below:
a. Authors submit their paper through the following website http://plso.edmgr.com/
b. In the “Select an Article Type” step, authors must select “Special Issue S82 – Tibetan Plateau” from the dropdown menu.
c. In the “Enter Comments” step, authors must type the following comment in the box: “This manuscript is intended for Special Issue S82 – Tibetan Plateau”. Other comments related to the manuscript may be added after the aforementioned paragraph.
Contact:
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor in Chief (hans.lambers@uwa.edu.au) or the Managing Editor (plso-plants@uwa.edu.au).

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue "Banded Iron Formations: Plant-soil interaction and their implications for restoration" 

Plant and Soil is seeking submissions for a Special Issue entitled Banded Iron Formations: Plant-soil interaction and their implications for restoration guest edited by (in alphabetical order) Adam Cross, Jason Stevens and Erik Veneklaas.
Submissions are due by December 31st 2018, with the aim of publishing the special issue in 2019. 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.
All manuscript will be peer-reviewed by 2-3 independent reviewers and handled by the Guest Editors, in collaboration with the Journal’s Section Editors.
Important Submission Information:
To submit a manuscript for this special issue, authors should follow the steps below to ensure it can be considered as part of the Special Issue:
a. Authors submit their paper through the following website http://plso.edmgr.com/
b. In the “Select an Article Type” step, authors must select “Special Issue S81 – BIF” from the dropdown menu.
c. In the “Enter Comments” step, authors must type the following comment in the box: “This manuscript is intended for Special Issue S81 – BIF”. Other comments related to the manuscript may be added after the aforementioned paragraph.
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If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor in Chief (hans.lambers@uwa.edu.au) or the Managing Editor (plso-plants@uwa.edu.au).

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    Plant and Soil publishes original papers and review articles exploring the interface of plant biology and soil sciences, and that enhance our mechanistic understanding of plant-soil interactions. We focus on the interface of plant biology and soil sciences, and seek those manuscripts with a strong mechanistic component which develop and test hypotheses aimed at understanding underlying mechanisms of plant-soil interactions. Manuscripts can include both fundamental and applied aspects of mineral nutrition, plant water relations, symbiotic and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions, root anatomy and morphology, soil biology, ecology, agrochemistry and agrophysics, as long as they are hypothesis-driven and enhance our mechanistic understanding. Articles including a major molecular or modelling component also fall within the scope of the journal. All contributions appear in the English language, with consistent spelling, using either American or British English.

    Plant and Soil provides rapid publication of full-length papers describing the results of original research. Articles accepted for publication in Plant and Soil report novel findings of general significance. Reviews, mini-reviews and commentaries are usually solicited by members of the Editorial Board. However, individuals who wish to prepare a review or a mini-review are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief (hans.lambers@uwa.edu.au) prior to submitting a manuscript. Occasionally Plant and Soil will publish Special Issues containing a collection of articles on a theme considered by the editors to be of general interest to our readers. These Special Issues may consist of a selection of presentations from a scientific meeting or a collection of papers organised by an individual or group. In all cases, manuscripts submitted for publication as part of a Special Issue will be subject to the same rigorous peer-review process required of regular submissions. Individuals or groups wishing to organise a Special Issue of Plant and Soil should contact the Managing Editor, Lieve Bultynck (plso-plants@uwa.edu.au) to discuss the feasibility of the project.

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