Special Issue "Plant-Soil Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2020) | Viewed by 29639
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Interests: functional ecology of plant-soil interactions; plant functional traits; agroecology; ecological engineering; nutrients; trace metals; sustainable soil management
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Plant–soil interactions play an important role in the functioning of ecosystems. Soil properties represent a strong selection pressure for plant diversity and influence the structure of plant communities and participate to the generation and maintenance of biodiversity. Plant communities selected by soil grow by modifying soil physical, chemical, and biological properties, with consequent effects on survival and growth of plants. This process that is called plant–soil feedback plays a key role in water and nutrient availability and dynamic of soil-borne microbial pathogens, parasite populations, and root herbivores, by globally impacting the vegetation succession or the crop productivity in cultivated habitat.
The complexity of plant–soil interactions has recently been studied by developing a trait-based approach in which responses and effects of plants on soil environment were quantified and modeled. To highlight the role of plant–soil interactions in plant community structure and ecosystem functioning, functional mechanisms should be examined by considering other ecological processes involved in plant–soil interactions, such as competition, facilitation, herbivory, and allelopathy. This fundamental research on plant–soil interaction in ecosystems is essential to transpose knowledges of functional ecology to environmental management.
In this Special Issue, we highlight new fundamental research and significant advances in plant–soil interactions to increase our knowledge in ecology of population, community and ecosystem, and to develop news practices for ecosystem and soil management, biodiversity conservation, and ecological intensiﬁcation of agriculture and ecological engineering. Several approaches, such as database, monitoring of ecosystems with a soil gradient, and experiments in field, common gardens or greenhouses, should be developed in this Special Issue to unravel the role of plant–soil interactions in plant community structure and ecosystem functioning.
Prof. Michel-Pierre Faucon
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- Plant–soil feedback
- Functioning ecosystem
- Functional diversity
- Ecological intensiﬁcation of agriculture
- Biodiversity conservation
- Sustainable soil management