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2020, Vol.7, Issue.3

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Healthy and productive soils are fundamental for the provision of essential ecosystem services that underpin food security and improved nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development. A new paradigm and the re-designing of the agricultural systems based on healthy soil is essential for development of a more sustainable agriculture and a greener eco-environment and food industry in the future. As brought into focus by the World Soil Day 2020 motto, “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”, soil ecological engineering is one solution which aims at maximizing soil biodiversity-driven ecosystem delivery in cropping systems while reducing the excessive reliance on agrochemicals. More importantly, system and holistic approaches capturing the interactions of the climate, soil, crops and management are indispensable for producing healthy food and achieving the goals of agricultural green development.

Contents Volume 7 · Issue 3 · 2020. Pages 234-361 18 articles

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EDITORIAL

Highlights of the special issue on “Healthy Soil for Healthy Food”

Junling ZHANG, Fusuo ZHANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 233-235 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020345

Abstract 401 PDF 27

Soil biodiversity and crop diversification are vital components of healthy soils and agricultural sustainability

Junling ZHANG, Marcel G. A. van der HEIJDEN, Fusuo ZHANG, S. Franz BENDER

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 236-242 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020336

Abstract 397 PDF 19

Effect of land-use management systems on coupled physical and mechanical, chemical and biological soil processes: how can we maintain and predict soil properties and functions?

Rainer HORN, Winfried E. H. BLUM

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 243-245 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020334

Abstract 265 PDF 10

Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both?

David S. POWLSON

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 246-250 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020326

Abstract 513 PDF 21

Managing soil quality for humanity and the planet

Rattan LAL

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 251-253 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020329

Abstract 438 PDF 13

Intercropping enables a sustainable intensification of agriculture

Wopke VAN DER WERF, Chunjie LI, Wen-Feng CONG, Fusuo ZHANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 254-256 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020352

Abstract 336 PDF 14

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Novel soil quality indicators for the evaluation of agricultural management practices: a biological perspective

Giulia BONGIORNO

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 257-274 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020323

Abstract 825 PDF 86

REVIEW

A review of soil nematodes as biological indicators for the assessment of soil health

Qiaofang LU, Tongtong LIU, Nanqi WANG, Zhechao DOU, Kunguang WANG, Yuanmei ZUO

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 275-281 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020327

Abstract 693 PDF 35

New approaches for evaluation of soil health, sensitivity and resistance to degradation

Yakov KUZYAKOV, Anna GUNINA, Kazem ZAMANIAN, Jing TIAN, Yu LUO, Xingliang XU, Anna YUDINA, Humberto APONTE, Hattan ALHARBI, Lilit OVSEPYAN, Irina KURGANOVA, Tida GE, Thomas GUILLAUME

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 282-288 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020338

Abstract 661 PDF 46

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Using a systems modeling approach to improve soil management and soil quality

Enli WANG, Di HE, Zhigan ZHAO, Chris J. SMITH, Ben C. T. MACDONALD

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 289-295 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020337

Abstract 414 PDF 9

REVIEW

Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations and the major regulators

Li XUE, Ertao WANG

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 296-306 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020347

Abstract 587 PDF 37

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Changes in bulk soil affect the disease-suppressive rhizosphere microbiome against Fusarium wilt disease

Lin FU, Wu XIONG, Francisco DINI-ANDREOTE, Beibei WANG, Chengyuan TAO, Yunze RUAN, Zongzhuan SHEN, Rong LI, Qirong SHEN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 307-316 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020328

Abstract 466 PDF 16

REVIEW

Rhizosphere immunity: targeting the underground for sustainable plant health management

Zhong WEI, Ville-Petri FRIMAN, Thomas POMMIER, Stefan GEISEN, Alexandre JOUSSET, Qirong SHEN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 317-328 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020346

Abstract 650 PDF 19

Transmission of antibiotic resistance genes in agroecosystems: an overview

Jizheng HE, Zhenzhen YAN, Qinglin CHEN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 329-332 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020333

Abstract 557 PDF 17

Strategies to manage the risk of heavy metal(loid) contamination in agricultural soils

Fang-Jie ZHAO

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 333-338 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020335

Abstract 487 PDF 16

Restoring soil health to reduce irrigation demand and buffer the impacts of drought

Rebecca SCHNEIDER, Stephen MORREALE, Zhigang LI, Erin MENZIES PLUER, Kirsten KURTZ, Xilu NI, Cuiping WANG, Changxiao LI, Harold VAN ES

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 339-346 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020348

Abstract 494 PDF 28

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Healthy soils for sustainable food production and environmental quality

Xia LIANG, Jizheng HE, Fusuo ZHANG, Qirong SHEN, Jinshui WU, Iain M. YOUNG, Anthony G. O´DONNELL, Ligang WANG, Enli WANG, Julian HILL, Deli CHEN

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 347-355 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020339

Abstract 520 PDF 12

Soil health: model programs in the USA

C. Wayne HONEYCUTT, Cristine L.S. MORGAN, Pipa ELIAS, Michael DOANE, John MESKO, Rob MYERS, LaKisha ODOM, Bianca MOEBIUS-CLUNE, Ron NICHOLS

Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3,   Pages 356-361 doi:10.15302/J-FASE-2020340

Abstract 731 PDF 20