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Special Issue "Social-Ecologically More Sustainable Agricultural Production"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 33858
Special Issue Editors
Interests: agroecology; biodiversity; bioeconomy; bioenergy; biogas; biorefinery; climate change mitigation and adaptation; combustion; ecosystem services; food crops; habitat functioning; industrial crops; intercropping; marginal land; mixed cropping; precision farming; sustainable intensification; wild plants; value chains
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Interests: interests are the enhancement of the sustainability of animal production systems and the optimizing of natural resources’ use, while promoting the role of livestock on food security, rural development and environmental conservation.
Interests: bioeconomy; bioenergy; biofuel production; biomass conversion; biomass pretreatment; biomass production; biomass quality; crop science; energy crops; ethanol fermentation; gasification; green technology; hydrolysis
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Special Issue Information
This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for presenting and discussing new findings or approaches on relevant topics of social-ecologically more sustainable agricultural production. Making significant progress in developing and implementing more sustainable agricultural production is one of the most important challenges that humanity faces in climate change era farming and involves considering both economic and social–ecological aspects in the long term. Social-ecologically more sustainable agricultural production is intended to (i) meet the increasing demand for food, (ii) reduce environmental degradation, and (iii) improve many other ecosystem services, such as the provision of medicinal resources, climate regulation, air quality, disturbance modulation, nutrient cycling, pollination, nursery service, and aesthetic information.
The conventional view is that organic farming and regenerative agriculture, as opposed to conventional agricultural production, are in line with social–ecological principles. Individual processes and approaches may be social-ecologically more sustainable, but comparisons are inherently difficult with the manifold components in agricultural systems, which cannot be held constant to compare individual factors.
Many of the promising social-ecologically more sustainable agricultural practices of diverse origins, such as traditional agriculture and precision farming, are also being used around the world because of their comparative advantages, such as efficient use of environmental resources (circular economy), nutrient exchange, weed control, reduction of pathogens and pests, reduction or replacement of synthetic non-biobased pesticides, reduction of nitrate leaching, remediation of contaminated groundwater and soils, improvement of soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, increase in quantitative and qualitative yield of crops, and biodiversity conservation. Given the predominantly unpredictable dynamics of climate change and societal developments, social-ecologically more sustainable agricultural production therefore aims to continuously improve productivity, efficiency, stability, and flexibility while safeguarding the overall living conditions for humans and animals in the long term. The question is: How can this be realized? What are the opportunities? What are the obstacles, and how to overcome them?
We look forward to receiving your contributions on the broad topic of this Special Issue on “Social–Ecologically More Sustainable Agricultural Production”. In addition to the usual article types, such as research article and review, many other article types are also accepted, such as communication, opinion, mini review, and technical note.
Dr. Moritz Von Cossel
Dr. Joaquín Castro-Montoya
Dr. Yasir Iqbal
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
- Ecosystem Services
- Food Crops
- Industrial Crops
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Sustainable Intensification
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: How does liquid ammonium sulphate from a novel nutrient-recycling process compare in on-farm trials to other N fertilizers?
Authors: Benedikt Müller 1*, Andrea Bauerle 1, Jens Hartung 2, Iris Lewandowski 1, Torsten Müller 3
Affiliation: 1 University of Hohenheim; Institute of Crop Science; Department of Biobased Resources in the Bioeconomy 2 University of Hohenheim; Institute of Crop Science; Department of Biostatistic 3 University of Hohenheim; Institute of Crop Science; Department of Fertilization and Soil Matter Dynamics;
Abstract: For political and environmental reasons, there is an urgent need for alternatives to energy-intensive synthetic fertilizers. One solution could be the recycling of nutrient surpluses from agriculture. Therefore, Liquid Ammonium Sulphate (ASL) as a recycling product was compared to manure and digestates in an on-farm trial for its practicality. For this purpose, an experimental design was developed in which the field management system of four participating farmers was integrated, which made the acceptance and feasibility of the study to this extent possible in the first place. ASL was successfully integrated into the crop production process of the farmers involved in the trial. Overall ASL could not substitute calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) or the organic fertilizer in all crops (winter cereals, winter rapeseed, maize) tested in the two-year trial. We suspect, that it is more sensitive to environmental influences in its yield effect compared to the other fertilizers tested. However, application into deeper soil layers, e.g. by injection, could potentially increase the effectiveness of this fertilizer. Due to the praxis-oriented approach of this study, the results can be readily applied to the agricultural practice of this experimental region.