Special Issue "Organic Wastes as a Source of Innovative Fertilizers, a Down-to-Earth Principle for Sustainable Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2021).
Interests: microbiology; environment; soil; molecular biology; energy; sustainability agricultural
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Turning agricultural organic wastes into fertilizers, soil improvers, growing media, and biostimulants is a keystone for the global development of circular bioeconomy. Organic byproducts generated along the whole food production chain (agricultural and industrial organic wastes, food losses, sewage sludge, etc.) contain nutrients, organic compounds, and microorganisms that can be transformed into a wide range of high-value bio-based products. These nutrients can replace conventional fertilizers manufactured or extracted from nonrenewable sources on which modern agriculture relies (i.e., synthetic ammonia, phosphate rock, and peat). Besides closing the cycle of nutrients, incorporating organic matter into the soil might contribute to the mitigation of climate change and to the long-term preservation of soil functionality and biodiversity. Yet, the utilization of organic wastes must also take into account biosafety and sustainability issues encompassing environmental, social, and economic impacts.
This Special Issue will focus on “organic wastes as a source of innovative fertilizers”. We welcome novel research, review, and opinion pieces covering all related topics, including the development of new organic fertilizers and related products, agronomical aspects, soil chemistry and microbiology, management and modelling solutions (i.e., life cycle assessment), case studies from the field, and policy positions.
Dr. Francesc Xavier Prenafeta Boldú
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 papers will be 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 2000 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.
- circular economy
- environmental emissions
- nutrient cycles
- organic fertilizers
- organic wastes
- soil biostimulants and biofertilizers
- soil microbiology
- sustainable agriculture