A Special Issue on ‘Innovative fertilizers for sustainable agriculture’ is coming soon!


Dear Authors,

The Italian Journal of Agronomy is organizing a Special Issue on ‘Innovative fertilizers for sustainable agriculture’.

Papers submitted for publication in the Special Issue will be handled by a team of Guest Editors well known for their expertise in the different fields:

Alan Franzluebbers, Plant Science Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Raleigh, NC, USA
Jonathan Holland, James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland, UK
Domenico Ronga, Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Elena Valkama, Unit of Bioeconomy and Environment, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Jokioinen, Finland

Papers focusing on new and advanced fertilizers including biostimulants, biofertilizers and modified organic by-products or waste (e.g. digestate, struvite, etc.) that may contribute to the robustness of soil and plants, enhancing crop productivity even under projected climate changes are welcome; they will be published only after completing peer review phase according to the Journal standards.

We welcome papers resulting from innovative researches, reviews, meta-analyses and opinion pieces covering all related topics including innovative fertilizers applications, the use of engineering techniques such as nanoparticles, management solutions, impacts on yield, quality and environment. The focus on synthetic fertilizers will only be accepted if investigated in comparison with new innovative fertilizers. This Special Issue will accept studies from all major agricultural production regions across the world and on all important food and fiber crops.

The Special Issue could potentially contain: 2 review and 1/2 meta-analysis, while for each fertilizer category (biostimulants, biofertilizers and organic by-products or waste) maximum 4/5 manuscripts will be accepted.

Currently the following manuscript are under consideration:

- Agronomic and qualitative performances of greenhouse tomato in response to protein hydrolysate and vegetal extracts-based biostimulants (Research article)
Y. Rouphael, M. Cardarelli, F. Luziatelli, M. Ruzzi, A.G. Ficca, H. Reynaud, P. Bonini, G. Colla

- The potential applications of Fucus-based products in agriculture (Research article)
I. Michalak, S. Baśladyńska

- Plant extracts – importance in sustainable agriculture (Review)
K. Godlewska, I. Michalak, D. Ronga

- Municipal organic waste compost applied to vegetable cropping systems replace mineral fertilization, reduces the risk of groundwater pollution by nitrates and improve soil fertility over three-year open-field succession (Research article)
M. Zaccardelli, C. Pane, I. Di Mola, D. Ronga, M. Mori

- Selection of rhizobium strains able to increase production of pea (Pisum sativum L.) and white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) (Research article)
M. Zaccardelli, M. Caputo, D. Ronga

Authors are recommended to carefully check the Journal Guidelines and policies before submitting: https://agronomy.it/index.php/agro/about/submissions

The submission deadline is 30 November 2020. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. However, to check suitability, we encourage authors to send a short abstract and potential title and authors within the end of August 2020. [For a preliminary evaluation of the abstract, please contact directly: editor-in-chief@agronomy.it and/or dominic.ronga@gmail.com ; on the system we accept only submissions of full manuscript.].

Best regards,
Pier Paolo Roggero, Editor-in-Chief
Davide Cammarano, Michael D. Casler, Michele Rinaldi, Associate Editors
Alan Franzluebbers, Jonathan Holland, Domenico Ronga, Elena Valkama, Guest Editors