Special Issue "Innovative Conservation Cropping Systems and Practices"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Chengfang Li
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Guest Editor
MOA Key Laboratory of Crop Ecophysiology and Farming System in the Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River, College of Plant Science & Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Interests: conservation tillage; plant fertilization; water-saving irrigation; global warming potential; soil nutrient cycles; soil carbon sequestration; crop yield; soil microbial community; greenhouse gas emission
Dr. Lijin Guo
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Genetics and Germplasm Innovation of Tropical Special Forest Trees and Ornamental Plants, Ministry of Education, College of Forestry, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, PR China
Interests: conservation tillage; soil organic carbon; carbon sequestration; soil microbial community; mycorrhizal fungi; abiotic stress; greenhouse gas emission; climate change impact and adaptation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Maintaining economically and environmentally sustainable cropping systems and practices is one of the most imperative challenges in innovative sustainable agriculture. In this view, it is essential to note that the sacrifice of crop yields in the farmland ecosystem may not appeal to farmers heavily focused on increasing economic outcomes. Therefore, a deeper understanding of how to innovate cropping systems and practices with the aim of maintaining sustainability in agriculture is of crucial importance. Innovative conservation cropping systems and practices can improve agroecosystems productivity, reduce energy input, increase synergies between food production and ecosystem conservation, and increase farmers’ profits.

This Special Issue focuses on the development and assessment of innovative conservation cropping systems and practices in determining system productivity and enhancing crop production and soil quality. This issue “Innovative Conservation Cropping Systems and Practices” will cover applied engineering for achieving a sustainable balance among productivity, environmental, and profitability factors. The aim is to present a collection of research articles that cover a broad range of cropping systems and practices from farmland ecosystem. All types of articles, e.g., original research, opinions, and reviews, are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Chengfang Li
Dr. Lijin Guo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • conservation tillage
  • soil aggregate
  • soil organic carbon
  • soil nutrition
  • crop yield
  • soil microbial diversity
  • conservation crop system
  • greenhouse gas emission
  • resource utilization efficiency
  • tillage technology
  • economic benefit

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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