Special Issue "Vermicompost in Sustainable Crop Production"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2022.
Interests: physiological effects of organic fertilizers; functional diversity of coastal ecosystems; stress tolerance of crop wild relatives; physiology and ecology of plant–microorganism interactions; plant physiological adaptations
Sustainable crop production requires new means of fertilization in light of both the use of renewable resources and improving soil quality. The processing of biological waste by the concerted action of earthworms and microorganisms leads to the production of vermicompost—an organic fertilizer with high microbiological activity, rich in mineral nutrients and humic substances. Vermicompost is an extremely promising type of amendment, as evidenced by many studies at laboratory and field level, as well as the results of practical application. In organic farming, vermicompost can be used as a basal soil fertilizer, providing plant-available mineral nutrients and organic matter as a source for additional nutrients and microbiological activity. In conventional farming, vermicompost can substitute chemical fertilizers. It is evident that the benefits from the application of vermicompost in agriculture are related to direct and indirect effects on crop plants as well as to the improvement of soil properties leading to a long-term increase in soil sustainability. However, the lack of understanding of specific mechanisms of beneficial influence hinders the ability to scientifically predict the outcome of vermicompost application in different crop production systems. Therefore, additional scientific knowledge is necessary to characterize functional relationships involved in vermicompost production and after its application in soil, leading to a certain quality of use of this organic fertilizer. Contributions to this topic are welcome reporting results both from laboratory and field studies concerning earthworm/microorganism/soil/plant interactions at different levels from vermicompost production to application, including those related to crop yield and quality.
Prof. Dr. Gederts Ievinsh
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- organic fertilizer
- sustainable crop production
- soil sustainability
- mineral nutrition
- microbiological activity
- organic farming
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: A Comparative Study of the Fertilizer-cum-Pesticide Effect of Vermicomposts Derived From Cowdung and the Toxic Weed Lantana (Lantana camera)
Authors: Naseer Hussain; Tasneem Abbasi; S. A. Abbasi
Affiliation: Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering, Pondicherry University, Chinakalapet, Puducherry 605 014, India