Biology and Fertility of Soils

This journal will publish original papers, reviews and short communications (in English) on all fundamental and applied aspects of biology (microflora and microfauna) and fertility (productivity) of soils. The intent is to provide a forum for research aimed at broadening the understanding of biological functions, processes and interactions in soils, particularly if the work concerned refers to the increasing demands of agriculture, deforestation and industrialization. Articles on techniques and methods that evaluate processes, biogeochemical interactions and ecological stresses will be particularly welcome.
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Aims and Scope

To have special issues on relevant subjects, the journal will call for coherent reviews and paper at appropriate intervals. Manuscripts should fit within the following main areas:

Soil biology: microflora and fauna, their processes, turn-over, and interactions in soil or in model systems; microbial communities on plant roots and their associations (nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza); antagonisms between symbiotic organisms and soil microorganisms; interrelationships with physicochemical properties of soil colloids and interfaces; edaphological and ecophysiological successions; aerobic processes under anaerobic conditions.

Soil fertility: floral- and faunal-mediated processes that affect (directly or indirectly) nutrient availability, uptake, soil-root interrelationships and plant productivity in general; modelling of mechanisms and processes in nutrient mobilization, immobilization and organic matter stabilization; edaphon as a nutrient pool; effect of treatments (organic and/or inorganic) and inhibitors (synthetic and/or natural compounds) on edaphon and its activities.

Soil hygiene: effects of constraints (pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, `acid rain`) or wastes (organic and inorganic) on the soil community and its activity; influence of treatments and conditions on soil-borne plant pathogens; disease-suppressive soils; metabolism, co-metabolism, uptake and fate of pesticides and their metabolites; hazards and fate of potentially pathogenic organisms in soils; bioaccumulations in food chains.

Soil biotechnology: organisms and processes applied in biotechnology of agricultural wastes; biological control techniques; inoculation of soils; rhizosphere or composts; manipulation of soil microorganisms; soil- and clay-immobilized cells and enzymes; scientifically based `alternative` biological-organic approaches, compatible fertilizers; technologies decreasing microbial ochre formation and sulfurication (acid sulphate soils) or increasing subsoil denitrification (aquifer).

Every effort will be made to ensure rapid publication, which will be the hallmark of the journal.


Editor in Chief

Paolo Nannipieri
Dipartimento Scienza del Suolo
e Nutrizione della Pianta
Università di Firenze
28 Piazzale delle Cascine
50144 Firenze, Italy
Fax: +39-055-333273
e-mail: paolo.nannipieri@unifi.it

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