Special Issue "Innovative Strategies in Organic Farming Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2022.
Interests: plant nutrition; organic potato; legumes; organic matter managment; composting; soil-borne diseases; resilience
Interests: organic farming; sustainable plant production system; potato and horticultural agronomy; potato seed production technologies; seed borne diseases; adaptation to climate change
Organic farming is gaining global importance as it is practiced on more than 70 million hectares, with annual growth rates of 2 million hectares in recent years. The increasing demand for healthy, pesticide-free, and environmentally sound products as well as the well described advantages in regard to eco-system services of organic systems are the major drivers of this growth.
However, depending on farm system and farm management as well as pedo-climatic conditions, considerable yield gaps can be observed compared to conventional farming systems and hence are debated alongside impacts on global food security and system sustainability. Therefore, research in organic farming needs to focus on innovative solutions that integrate ecosystem services, productivity and efficient use of the natural resource base. This Special Issue will provide a multidisciplinary overview of innovative solutions for organic farming systems in different agro-ecologies and for various socio-economic situations across the globe that provide pathways for a transition to more sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Dr. Christian Bruns
Prof. Dr. Elmar Schulte Geldermann
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Organic farming systems
- sustainable intensification
- resilience and sustainability
- cropping systems
- multiscale ecosystems-services
- pedoclimatic implications
- socio-ecological approach
- yield gap
- food security