World Soil Day 2020

Elsevier, 30th November 2020

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources for a food-secure future. The date of 5 December for WSD was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event

Soil is home to more than 1/4 of our planet's biodiversity. Yet, we only know 1% of this universe. There are more living creatures in a single teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on Earth. Soil organisms are responsible for many critical ecosystem processes on which humans depend: from supporting plant growth, to storing carbon and being a vast reservoir for pharmaceuticals.

But soil biodiversity is under threat. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years, with a staggering 26.4 billion tons of soil lost each year, a rate that is 10 times faster than soil is being replenished. Soil erosion is also a significant yet largely overlooked contributor to carbon emissions.

In support of this year's theme - 'Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity' - Elsevier presents a curated, open access collection of over 60 journal articles to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy soil ecosystems.

 

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Soil and Tillage Research, Volume 198, April 2020, 104553

Advancing SDG 15, this article investigates the potential pore structure recovery effect by growing either alfalfa or grass plots.
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Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 134, February 2019, Pages 54-63

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the effect of different mineral and organic fertilization on soil organic matter dynamics, nutrients and bacterial community composition.
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Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 144, December 2019, Pages 12-21

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the relationship between field management, soil health, and soil microbial abundance and composition in soil collected from 34 diverse farms in Maritime Canada.
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Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 110, February 2017, Pages 43-52

Advancing SDG 15, this article examines whether agricultural intensification in grasslands threatens microbial diversity.
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Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 15, Issue 1, August 2000, Pages 3-11

Advancing SDGs 2 and 15, this article explored the quality and health of soil resources as an assessment of the sustainability of agricultural practices.
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Rhizosphere, Volume 16, December 2020, 100249

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores how different root categories influence the composition of root and rhizosphere microbial communities in young peach trees.
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Rhizosphere, Volume 15, September 2020, 100211

Advancing SDG 15, this article aimed to isolate, characterize (biochemically and molecularly) and assess the potential of cowpea nodulating/maize associated rhizobia for plant growth promotion.
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Rhizosphere, Volume 15, September 2020, 100229

Advancing SDG 15, this article reviews the implication of endophytic/rhizosphere non–rhizobial nodule bacteria on the plant's resistance to salinity stress.
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Rhizosphere, Volume 14, June 2020, 100205

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the endophytic bacteria isolated from Genista cinerea nodules growing in North African drylands.
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Rhizosphere, Volume 16, December 2020, 100271

Advancing SDG 15, this article explores plant growth promoting properties of the fungal endophytes isolated from sunchoke and some medicinal plants.