Call for Paper: Black Soil Conservation and Utilization

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Release Date: 2022-04-21 Visited: 

Special Issue Information:

The world’s black soil zones are mainly distributed in middle- and high-latitude areas, including the central-southern areas of North America, the Russian-Ukrainian Plain, Northeast China, and the Pampas Steppe in South America. These areas are the world’s major food production base. Due to long-time cultivation, water and soil erosion, and other reasons, black soil land has experienced various degrees of soil degradation and excessive fertilization leading to potential environmental risk, which affects the productivity and sustainable utilization of black soil land. The area of black soil land in Northeast China is 1.09 million km2, ranking the third in the world. The food output and inter-province export of this region account for 1/4 and 1/3 of the national totals, respectively. Black soil conservation has been adopted as a national strategy in China. In 2017, the Guidelines for the Conservation of Northeast Black Soil Land (2017–2030) was issued jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and other five ministry-level departments. In 2020, the Action Plan for the Conservative Cultivation of Northeast Black Soil Land (2020–2025) was issued jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. In 2021, the National Black Soil Land Conservation Project Implementation Plan (2021–2025) was issued jointly by seven ministries and commissions. The Implementation Plan is aimed to complete conservation and utilization tasks for 100 million mu of black soil land, significantly improve the quality of black soil farmland, and increase the average soil organic matter content by more than10% during the 14th Five-Year Plan period. Appropriate utilization and conservation of black soil land is important for safeguarding national food security and sustainable agricultural development.

Considering the above, Chinese Geographical Science is planning a special issue, Black Soil Land Conservation and Utilization, and calling for papers on black soil conservation theory, technology, mode, and management measures, with the aim of providing scientific and technological support for black soil conservation and utilization, food production capacity improvement, and green agricultural development.

Topics covered:

To better serve national strategic needs and deepen research in this field, we call for papers under the topic of Black Soil Land Conservation and Utilization. The topics focus on, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

(1) The characteristics and ecological function of black soil resources: soil formation and evolution, the process and driving mechanisms of soil degradation, and soil farmland quality and health assessment (Sponsors: Jia Zhongjun and Liang Aizhen);

(2) The geographical distribution and ecological characters of crops grown in black soil zones: germplasm resources and ecological factors that facilitate black soil conservation (Sponsors: Bu Qingyun and Li Xiangnan);

(3) Water and soil resource allocation and ecological support in black soil zones: wetland-farmland water resource balance and mountain, water, forest, farmland, lake, and grassland-integrated ecological support for black soil land (Sponsors: Zhu Hui and Zou Wenxiu);

(4) Smart agriculture and rural revitalization in black soil zones: development of big data platforms, digital management, rural resource utilization and planning (Sponsors: Song Kaishan and Zhang Pingyu);

(5) Green agriculture and sustainable development in black soil zones: microbial fertilization theory and technology and green farmland biological control theory and technology (Sponsors: Wang Guanghua and Tian Chunjie).

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 December 2022

Submission instructions: 

● Submit full paper via the journal’s site: 

 Please select Black Soil Conservation and Utilization as the article type on submission


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