Special Issues

Agriculture publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 13391 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil; fertilizers; crop; environment; biodiversity; irrigation; enzymes; microorganisms; monitoring; heavy metals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Sustainable Production of Horticultural Crops submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 9126 | Submission Open
Keywords: vegetables; fruits; viticulture; ornamental plants; medicinal and aromatic plants; food production; nutritional value; biodiversity; agricultural techniques; innovative cultivation techniques; stress tolerance; soil fertility; resource efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Innovative Hydroponic Systems for Sustainable Agriculture
edited by Jörn Germer, and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6021 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydroponics; nutrient use efficiency; water use efficiency; marginal water qualities; water treatment; pH control; beneficial microorganisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
The Role of Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria in Crop Improvement submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2901 | Submission Open
Keywords: climate change; biofertilizers; biopesticides; PGPB; abiotic stress; biotic stress; biocontrol
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
The Influence of Environmental Factors on Farming Animals submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2049 | Submission Open
Keywords: farming animals; environmental factors; natural or anthropogenic factors; animal production; influence on animals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Preparation and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Systems
edited by Baojun Yi, Lili Huo and Fang Huang
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 403 | Submission Open
Keywords: biochar; carbonization process; pyrolysis mechanism; carbon-based controlled release; high-value application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for Crop and Food Systems
edited by Qingquan Chu and Peng Sui
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 224 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable crop production; ecosystem services; stress conditions; mitigation strategies; impact assessment; crop production; farming system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Model-Based Monitoring of Soil Moisture Dynamics in Agriculture
edited by
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 128 | Submission Open
Keywords: soils; soil moisture; sensors; numerical simulation; remote sensing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Feature Papers in Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3471 | Submission Open
Keywords: integrated pest management; biological control; sustainable agriculture; environmental impact; climatic change and emerging diseases; eco-friendly pest control; plant– microbe interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Practical Application of Crop Straw Reuse in Agriculture
edited by Hanlin Zhang and Haiyun Zhang
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1791 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop straw; resource utilization; circular agriculture; straw fertilization; ecological benefits; straw fuel conversion; environmental impact
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Systems and Management)
The Role of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 260 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural emission and resource depletion; remote sensing and modeling; risks/consequences/threats of climate extremes; biodiversity and ecosystem services; animal production challenges in climate change; climate smart agriculture; food security and food safety; conservation and restoration agriculture; agro-ecosystems resilience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Biocontrol of Plant Pests and Pathogens submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8910 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological control; plant diseases; plant pests; crop protection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agricultural System and Green Infrastructures: Mechanisms and Mitigation Measures
edited by , and Laura Cardenas
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6762 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon dioxide; nitrous oxide; methane; denitrification; methanogenesis; methanotrophy; crop land; livestock; agroforestry; urban green areas
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Pesticide Application Technology in Cropping Systems
edited by and Youlin Xu
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4045 | Submission Open
Keywords: pest control; plant protection machinery; pesticide application technology; intelligent spraying system; variable-rate technology; pesticide atomizing and nozzles; pesticide inline mixing; droplet drift control; electrostatic spraying; cropping system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Agronomic Strategies for Enhancing the Physical, Chemical, Nutritional and Sensory Properties of Cereal Grains submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2944 | Submission Open
Keywords: cereal; grain yield; agrotechnical factors; chemical composition; features of grain and flour; technological parameters; the biological value of proteins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Application of Mechatronics in Agriculture submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2716 | Submission Open
Keywords: mechatronics in agriculture; robotics; automation; sensors; Wi-Fi communication; remote sensing; autonomous control; machine vision; novel robotic platforms; artificial intelligence; traction systems for agriculture; emission reduction; energy optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in Agricultural Production
edited by and
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2082 | Submission Open
Keywords: mycorrhizal symbiosis in crops; mycorrhizal inoculum application; misuse of inoculum; future perspectives of mycorrhizal application; mycorrhizal symbiosis on crops’ abiotic stress resistance; interaction mechanism between mycorrhiza and crops; mycorrhizal community in crop roots
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Precision Remote Sensing and Information Detection in Agriculture
edited by Tongxi Hu, and
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 882 | Submission Open
Keywords: precision farming; UAV; IoT; smart agriculture; digital agriculture; remote sensing; data fusion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
New Approaches to the Storage and Effective Processing of Agricultural Products submission deadline 10 May 2024 | Viewed by 434 | Submission Open
Keywords: pre-harvest; post-harvest storage; quality of fruit and vegetables; antioxidant; post-harvest; shelf-life; storability; sensory analysis; consumer choice; monitoring systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Remote Sensing-Based Monitoring of Agricultural Irrigation Water Use submission deadline 10 May 2024 | Viewed by 228 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV; farm size; pixel value extraction; water demand; crop coefficients; precision agriculture
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Water Management)
Agricultural Crops Subjected to Drought and Salinity Stress submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12862 | Submission Open
Keywords: horticulture; field crops; cereal crops; industrial crops; plant physiology; plant ecophysiology; plant nutrition; irrigation management; plant breeding; crosstalk stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Application of Machine Learning and Data Analysis in Agriculture submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 12617 | Submission Open
Keywords: machine learning; crop growth; yield prediction; food quality; precision agriculture; remote sensing; crop health; crop fertilization; deep learning; time series analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Advancing Animal Welfare: Precision Livestock Farming Technologies for Monitoring and Preventing Abnormal Behavior submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8821 | Submission Open
Keywords: precision livestock farming; environmental control; airflow distribution; computational fluid dynamics; animal stress; animal behavior; environmental hazard emission; IoT; deep learning; sensors; computer vision; big data; modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Modern Reproductive Biotechnology Assists Farm Animal Conservation and Genetic Rescue submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 8698 | Submission Open
Keywords: assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs); ex situ and/or in situ protection of livestock species; biodiversity conservation; endangered or extinct livestock breeds; genetic resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Strategies to Improve the Security and Nutritional Quality of Crop Species submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7774 | Submission Open
Keywords: agrotechnology; varieties; soil quality; crops; nutrients; technological quality; health-promoting; safe health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Sustainable Water-Resource Strategies in Agriculture for Climate Change Adaptation submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1864 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Water Management)
Effects of Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Sustainability
edited by Yuan Wen and Gong Wu
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1349 | Submission Open
Keywords: cropping systems; soil health; crop productivity; agricultural sustainability; soil management; carbon sequestration; nutrient cycling; microbial community; greenhouse gas emissions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Phenolic Compounds, Terpenoids and N-containing Substances Found in Fruits and Vegetables
edited by and Ana Slatnar
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 980 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; phenolics; terpenoids; postharvest; HPLC; metabolomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
Pros and Cons of Biochar Application in Soils submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 515 | Submission Open
Keywords: biochar; hydrochar; ageing; fertilizers; xenobiotics; organic matter
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Effects of Tillage Erosion on Soil Fertility and Crop Production
edited by Yong Wang
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 193 | Submission Open
Keywords: long-term tillage operation; soil redistribution via tillage; change in soil quality; human agricultural land management; tillage-induced erosion and/or deposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Precision Agriculture Technologies for Crop Management submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6700 | Submission Open
Keywords: agriculture; sensors and imagers; algorithms; automated systems; big data; cloud computing; variable rate application; farm-scale neutral solutions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Heavy Metals in Farmland Soils: Mechanisms and Remediation Strategies
edited by Tuo Zhang, Nan Zhang and Wei Liu
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2545 | Submission Open
Keywords: heavy metals; soil contamination; farmland; new techniques; agronomy; food safety; environmental safety; remediation; crops
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Identification and Management of Fungal Plant Pathogens submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1665 | Submission Open
Keywords: fungal plant management; fungal pathogens: identification; monitoring; virulence; fungal diseases: diagnosis; epidemiology; mycotoxins; crop protection: biocontrol; plant breeding; IPM; DSS; IT platform; molecular technologies; biodiversity; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Plant-Microbe Interactions and Microbial Application for Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture
edited by Wassila Riah-Anglet and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1280 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant rhizosphere; soil microbes; plant growth; agricultural management; crop yields; soil functions; microorganisms’ diversity; PGPR; bio stimulant agent; biocontrol agent; biotic and abiotic stresses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Agronomic Biofortification of Crops: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives
edited by Elcio Ferreira Dos Santos, and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1220 | Submission Open
Keywords: selenium; zinc; iron; calcium; magnesium; micronutrient; malnutrition; food and nutritional security
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Gene Editing and Molecular Markers for Crops Genetics and Breeding
edited by Lin Zhang and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 921 | Submission Open
Keywords: crops; molecular makers; gene editing; functional markers; association mapping; QTL analysis; marker-assisted selection (MAS) breeding; CRISPR/Cas9; base editing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genotype Evaluation and Breeding)
Molecular Mechanisms and Approaches in Plant-Microbe Interactions and Disease Control
edited by Ying Zhai and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 362 | Submission Open
Keywords: bacterium; biological control; fungus; molecular plant-pathogen interactions; oomycete; plant disease control; plant growth-promoting microbes; plant nutrient utilization; plant resistance genes; virus
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests and Weeds)
Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Agricultural Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gases
edited by , Qiuju Xie and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 361 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural residues; life cycle assessment; emissions; nitrogen utilization; environmental impacts; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); environmental control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecosystem, Environment and Climate Change in Agriculture)
Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Smart Agriculture—2nd Edition submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 213 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; data processing and analysis; big data; algorithms and data structures; smart agriculture; modern agricultural engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Humic Substances and Compost in Agriculture: Types, Properties and Application submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 157 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical; biological and physical soil parameters; soil organic carbon; humic substances; compost; agriculture; soil fertility; soil quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Sustainable Rural Development and Agri-Food Systems—2nd Edition submission deadline 24 May 2024 | Viewed by 408 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable rural development; agri-food systems; interdisciplinarity; social inclusivity; food supply chain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management)
Sustainability and Perspectives of Edible Insect Rearing and Utilization of Their Products and Byproducts
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 11043 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible insects; insect rearing; sustainability; food preferences; insect meals; alternative protein sources; animal feed; insect meal digestibility; waste; products and byproducts of insect rearing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Advances in Organic Agriculture—Decreasing Yield Gap via Optimising Cultivation Methods and Agrarian Policy submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5516 | Submission Open
Keywords: agrarian policy; environmental protection; intensification of organic farming; intensification and economics; intensification and food quality; market development; optimising cultivation methods; organic farming; yield gap
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Soil Health: Integrating Plant Roots–Plant Nutrition–Soil Microbiota Interactions
edited by Hongmiao Wu and Wenge Wu
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4666 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil health; nutrient cycling; soil microbiome; cropping systems; plant nutrition physiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Soils)
Foliar Fertilization for Sustainable Crop Production submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3758 | Submission Open
Keywords: silicon; foliar application; biostimulants; beneficial elements; Green Deal; plant diseases; plant pests; drought; crop yield; yield quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Applications of Data Analysis in Agriculture—2nd Edition submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1971 | Submission Open
Keywords: digital agriculture; agricultural decision support system; precision agriculture; machine learning in agriculture; deep learning in agriculture; artificial intelligence in agriculture; remote sensing in agriculture; proximal sensing in agriculture; multisensor data fusion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Digital Agriculture)
Research on Resource Utilization of Green Agricultural Waste
edited by , Lili Huo and Jiadong Yu
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1697 | Submission Open
Keywords: agriculture waste; resource utilization; pyrolysis; hydrothermal carbonization; anaerobic digestion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Productivity, Performance and Health of Dairy Ruminants
edited by , and Mária Vargová
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1354 | Submission Open
Keywords: dairy farming; cows; sheep; goats; milk yield; mastitis; acidosis; mammary health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Farm Animal Production)
Soil–Machine Systems and Related Farming Machinery
edited by , and Yeon-Soo Kim
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1083 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural engineering; agricultural machinery; biosystem engineering; off-road farming; smart farming; soil– machine systems; precision agriculture; soil and crop
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
Innovations in Precision Farming for Sustainable Agriculture submission deadline 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 285 | Submission Open
Keywords: agriculture mechanization; automation and robotics; remote sensing; agricultural resource management; waste management and recycling; precision livestock production and management; ICT; artificial intelligence; decision support systems; technologies and solutions for precision; digital and smart agriculture; occupational safety and health; ergonomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Agricultural Technology)
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