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Recently, new information on the nature and function of volcanic soils has been obtained with the improvement of various analytical instruments as well as the introduction of new concepts and approaches. Classification of volcanic soils has also been revised in several international and national classification systems. In addition, recent studies on volcanic soils are often related to soil carbon sequestration, emission of greenhouse gasses, soil microbial activities and biodiversity, thereby reflecting our current situation facing the drastic increase of world population, global warming, loss of biodiversity, etc.
Against this background, this special issue aims to share the latest knowledge on the nature, function and use of volcanic soils in relation to a variety of agricultural and environmental issues we need to address.