New frontiers of the nature, function and use of volcanic soils
Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Special Issue Call for Papers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Volcanic soils are distributed exclusively in regions where active and recent extinct volcanoes are located such as the circum-Pacific orogenic zone, and cover about 1 % of the land surface of the world. In spite of relatively small coverage, they represent a crucial land resource due to excessively high human population in these regions. Volcanic soils also have very special characteristics, reflecting their specific formation processes from volcanic materials, such as unique mineralogy dominated by short-range ordered minerals, high organic matter content, strong specific adsorption of phosphorus, low bulk density, high water holding capacity and relatively high soil fertility. Therefore, studies on volcanic soils would be essential not only to understand, utilize and manage the soils but also to better understand the soils of the world from a wider perspective.
Recently, new information on the nature and function of volcanic soils has been obtained due to the improvement of various analytical instruments as well as the introduction of new concepts and approaches. Classification of volcanic soils has been also revised in several international and national classification systems. In addition, recent studies on volcanic soils are often related to soil carbon sequestration, emission of green house gasses, biogeochemical cycling of micro- and macro-nutrients and contaminants, soil microbial activities and biodiversity, reflecting our current situation facing the drastic increase of world population, global warming, loss of biodiversity, etc. In this context, we are gaining more information related to volcanic soils from many interdisciplinary scientific fields.
Based on 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.
Pre-Registration: September 30, 2019 (optional: paper title, corresponding author, affiliation and e-mail address are required)
Paper submission: January 31, 2020
Paper revision due: May 15, 2020
Final decision: June 30, 2020
Publication online: August 1, 2020
Publication: October 15, 2020 (estimated)
Interested authors are encouraged to contact to the Guest Editor-in-Chief for the Special Issue at <firstname.lastname@example.org> before September 30, 2019.
When you submit a manuscript on Scholar One Manuscript system, please makes sure to select ‘special section for ‘Volcanic Soils’ as manuscript type.
We look forward to receiving your manuscript.
Guest Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Junta Yanai, Kyoto Prefectural Univerisity, Japan
Guest Editor: Prof. Tadashi Takahashi, Akita Prefectural University, Japan
Guest Editor: Dr. Sadao Eguchi, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO, Japan
Guest Editor: Dr. Hiroshi Obara, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO, Japan