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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

For a Special Issue on
Past, present, and future biochar utilization for soil sustainability from Asian agronomical and ecological perspectives

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Syuntaro Hiradate, Guest Editor-in-Chief, Kyushu University
[email protected]

Masahiko Katoh, Guest Editor, Meiji University

Shuji Sano, Guest Editor, Setsunan University

Shigeto Sudo, Guest Editor, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, NARO

Soh Sugihara, Guest Editor , Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

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Past, present, and future biochar utilization for soil sustainability from Asian agronomical and ecological perspectives

We are pleased to share our Call for Papers for a special section entitled " Past, present, and future biochar utilization for soil sustainability from Asian agronomical and ecological perspectives", which will be published in 2023 for Vol 69-01 of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.

Biochar is carbonated materials obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass under limited supply of oxygen gas. The biochar is applied on soils as an amendment for improving plant productivity and conserving environments. Although the chemical compositions and the effects of the biochar are unstable, the use of the biochar would be prospective worldwide, and the related research of it has been highly cited. In Asia, the biochar has a long history to be used as a soil amendment, and charred materials have been proposed as an important source of the stably accumulated carbon in Andosols especially in Japan.

In this special section, for assisting and activating biochar research on Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, the following four reviews will be published;

  1. Historical aspect of biochar utilization in Asia (tentative title)
  2. Effects of biochar application on soil fertility and plant growth in Asia (tentative title)
  3. Carbon sequestration in Japanese Andosols: possible “terra preta” of Jomon people (tentative title)
  4. Promotion policy of biochar application in national and world scales (tentative title)

In addition to the above four reviews, some new research papers related to these topics will be published in this Special Section (assuming around 10 new papers). We welcome your contributions to this Special Section!

Submission Instructions

Pre-Registration: Please fill the following information and email the Guest Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Syuntaro Hiradate ([email protected]) for the Special Section before June 30, 2022. Please note that this pre-registration is not compulsory to submit a manuscript, but is requested to estimate the approximate numbers of papers to be expected for the issue.

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Manuscript preparation: Please follow the instructions for authors at the journal web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tssp20&page=instructions

Manuscript submission: The manuscripts are to be submitted by September 30, 2022 via Soil Science and Plant Nutrition’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sspn. Please make sure that all co-authors have a Scholar One Manuscript account before a new submission.

At the Submission Step 1 on the website, please choose “Special submission for “Biochar 2023” as Type of the manuscript.

Publication and peer-review process: All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editorial Board and qualified reviewers, in the same way all other submissions to the journal are assessed.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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