Plant-Soil Interactions, a specialty section of Frontiers in Agronomy, publishes original, peer-reviewed research on timely topics related to sustainable agriculture. This primarily constitutes original research papers on fundamental and applied aspects of plant and soil management. We particularly welcome hypothesis-driven studies that possess a strong mechanistic component. In addition, we will also consider review articles that critically evaluate the literature and provide a roadmap for the future development of the research field.
The interaction between the soil, the rhizosphere microbial community and plant roots is central to ensuring food security as well as the delivery of a wide range of ecosystem services. The Plant-Soil Interaction section aims to address this topic from a multidisciplinary perspective. For example, this can include, but is not limited to, aspects such as:
• Root-mycorrhizal interactions
• Shaping and function of rhizosphere microbial communities
• Mineral nutrition and nutrient cycling
• Plant-soil water relations and water use efficiency
• Root-pathogen and root-symbiont interactions
• Trophic interactions
• Plant growth promoting soil organisms
• Root architecture and root trait selection
• Pesticide and xenobiotic behaviour in the rhizosphere
• Root biophysics.
In addition, we welcome articles on the role of agronomic management regime linked to below-ground root-soil interactions. This may include studies such as, the role of irrigation regime, tillage practice, fertiliser use, climate change mitigation strategies, soil amendments to reduce plant stress, among others.
The articles published in the Plant-Soil Interactions section will help farmers, consumers, industries and policymakers to choose and apply better technologies and methodologies, as well as assist in the development of strategies for improved resource management at various scales.
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Plant-Soil Interactions welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Plant-Soil Interactions, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Plant-Soil Interactions will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Agronomy.
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