Special Issue "The Effect of Soil Quality Degradation on the Plant Growth, Quality and Food Safety in Subtropical Agroforestry Ecosystems"

Submission Deadline: 12 May 2022 (closed)
Guest Editors
Dr. Weijun Fu, Zhejiang A & F University, China
Dr. Keli Zhao, Zhejiang A & F University, China
Dr. Zhengqian Ye, Zhejiang A & F University, China
Dr. Lingli Lu, Zhejiang University, China
Dr. Peng Liu, Zhejiang Normal University, China


Soil quality normally indicated soil fertility quality, soil environment quality and soil health quality. Due to the long-term intensive management from farmers and industrial activities, more and more agroforestry lands are suffering soil degradation, including soil fertility decrease, soil heavy metal pollution and soil microbial communities changes, which further influence the plant growth, quality and food safety. Since soil plays the directly important role in the healthy plant/crop growth, protective measures should be carried out. In order to explore the soil-plant correlation under the soil quality degradation, this special issue will mainly focus on the following topics:

New methodology and index to reveal soil quality degradation of agroforestry ecosystem;

Crop quality and safety assessment under the threat of soil quality degradation;

The transfer and transportation of nutrients, toxic elements etc. in the soil-plant systems of subtropical region;

The protective measures which could be used to improve the soil quality degradation such as heavy metal pollution, nutrients imbalance, soil erosion etc.

Soil-Plant Interaction; Soil Quality Degradation; Agroforestry Ecosystem; Management Measures

Published Papers
  • Diagnosis and Recommendation Integrated System Assessment of the Nutrients Limiting and Nutritional Status of Tomato
  • Abstract Tomato is an important field crop, and nutritional imbalances frequently reduce its yield. Diagnosis and Recommendation Integrated System (DRIS), uses ratios for nutrient deficiency diagnosis instead of absolute concentration in plant tests. In this study, local DRIS norms for the field tomatoes were established and the nutrient(s) limiting tomatoes yield were determined. Tomato leaves were analyzed for nutrients, to identify nutritional status using the DRIS approach. One hundred tomatoes fields were selected from Chatter Plain Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Sheikupura Punjab Pakistan. The first fully matured leaf was sampled, rinsed, dried and ground for analyzing P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu,… More
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  • Role of Organic Amendments to Mitigate Cd Toxicity and Its Assimilation in Triticum aestivum L.
  • Abstract In soil biota, higher and enduring concentration of heavy metals like cadmium (Cd) is hazardous and associated with great loss in growth, yield, and quality parameters of most of the crop plants. Recently, in-situ applications of eco-friendly stabilizing agents in the form of organic modifications have been utilized to mitigate the adverse effects of Cd-toxicity. This controlled experiment was laid down to appraise the imprints of various applied organic amendments namely poultry manure (PM), farmyard manure (FYM), and sugarcane press mud (PS) to immobilize Cd in polluted soil. Moreover, phytoavailability of Cd in wheat was also accessed under an alkaline… More
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  • Diversity of Saxicolous Lichens along an Aridity Gradient in Central México
  • Abstract Lichens are symbiotic organisms that comprise a fungus and a photosynthetic partner wich are recognized as a good indicator of climate change. However, our understanding of how aridity affects the diversity of saxicolous lichens in drylands is still limited. To evaluate the relationship between saxicolous lichen diversity and aridity in a central México dryland, a geographical transect was established of 100 km to build an aridity gradient in the semiarid zone of the State of Querétaro, Mexico, comprising ten sampling sites with a 10 km separation. Species richness, abundance and diversity of soil lichen species were recorded using two sampling methods: the… More
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