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Sustainable agriculture

Guest Editors:
Subhojit Datta: ICAR - Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, India
Islam Hamim: Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Durgesh Kumar Jaiswal: Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), India
Rungroch Sungthong: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand



New Content ItemWith the growing human population, increasing demand for food, and the global impact of climate change, the development and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices are critical to ensure a healthy and sustainable future of mankind. Moving towards eco-sustainable societies has led the research community to seek for innovative approaches to sustainably increase agricultural production and resilience. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goals "To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG2) and “To protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” (SDG15), the editors of BMC Plant Biology highlights articles on "Sustainable Agriculture". This collection presents research contributions on various aspects of Sustainable Agriculture, providing insights into the environmental, social and economic factors that affect sustainable agricultural practices and their management.

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Subhojit Datta: ICAR - Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, India

Dr. Subhojit Datta is a plant geneticist who has made significant contributions to the field of crop improvement through his expertise in modern biotechnology techniques such as genomics, transgenics, and genomics-assisted breeding in crops like jute, chickpea, and pigeonpea. One of Dr. Datta's most notable contributions is the development of cry1Ac- and cry1Aabc-induced stable resistance to pod borer in chickpea and pigeonpea in India. Dr. Datta has contributed to the development of mapping resources and functional EST-SSR markers, which are important tools for genetic analysis and plant breeding. His work has significantly advanced the understanding and application of modern biotechnology in crop improvement.

Islam Hamim: Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Dr. Islam Hamim is an Associate Professor of plant pathology at Bangladesh Agricultural University. He does translational research on the interactions of pathogens and beneficial microbes with plants, insects, pollinators, and fungi in agricultural and natural eco-systems to develop sustainable pest and disease management approaches in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. During his PhD with Prof. Dr. John Hu at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, he studied the diversity, co-infections, and transgenic resistance mechanisms of papaya viruses. As a JSPS postdoc with Dr. Ken Komatsu at the Tokyo University of Agricultural and Technology, Japan, Dr. Hamim conducted research on molecular mechanisms underlying genetic diversity and symptom expressions of RNA viruses.  With an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, he has recently started a research collaboration with Prof. Dr. Lena Wilfert on the distribution and impacts of pathogens and beneficial microorganisms associated with managed and native bees in Bangladesh.

Durgesh Kumar Jaiswal: Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), India.

Dr Durgesh Kumar Jaiswal is an Assistant Professor at Graphic Era (Deemed to be University, Dehradun, India). He obtained his PhD in Biotechnology at Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi, India), and he was a D.S. Kothari post-doctoral fellow at Savitribai Phule Pune University (Pune, India). His research focuses on micro-biotechnology, soil-microbiology, and sustainable agriculture, primarily exploring and formulating the microbial consortium for phyto-stimulator of crops, biodegradation of pesticides, and integrated pest and disease management to provide solutions for agriculture sustainability. He is an editorial board member of BMC Microbiology and BMC Plant Biology.

Rungroch Sungthong: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Rungroch Sungthong obtained his Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment in 2014 at the University of Seville in Andalucía, Spain. He works on multidisciplinary research projects in microbiology, environmental sciences, and plant-microbe interactions. Currently, he is exploring the pharmaceutical potential of phytochemicals derived from diverse tropical species at the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. His enthusiasms focus on implementing beneficial microbes in sustainable crop production and agroforestry. The roles of microbes in the restoration of pesticide-polluted agroecosystems and the optimization of water/nutrient recirculation in aquaponics are among his current interests.

About the collection

With the growing human population, increasing demand for food, and the global impact of climate change, the development and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices are critical to ensure a healthy and sustainable future of mankind. Moving towards eco-sustainable societies has led the research community to seek for innovative approaches to sustainably increase agricultural production and resilience. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goals "To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG2) and “To protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” (SDG15), the editors of BMC Plant Biology highlight articles on "Sustainable Agriculture". This collection presents research contributions on various aspects of Sustainable Agriculture, providing insights into the environmental, social and economic factors that affect sustainable agricultural practices and their management. This collection comprises a broad range of submissions exploring the following areas of research:

•    Technological progress and sustainable agriculture
•    Climate change and sustainable agriculture
•    Resource management and optimization for sustainable agriculture
•    Organic/sustainable farming
•    Reduction of land use
•    Environmental GWAS for genome prediction
•    Genetics and epigenetics to improve plant yield
•    Clean crop production
•    Crop yield potential and soil nutrition
•    Crop physiology and post-harvest management
•    Agricultural drought
•    Remote sensing
•    Machine learning in agricultural practices
•    Biotechnological intervention and sustainable agriculture
•    Engineering microbial consortium, bioremediation and sustainable agriculture
•    Life cycle assessment of integrated farming system
•    Roles of plant-microbe interactions in agricultural sustainability
•    Aquaponics, as hybrid technology to achieve food security and space farming
•    Soilless crop production and water/nutrient recirculation

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  1. The combination of compost and biochar (CB) plays an important role in soil restoration and mitigation strategies against drought stress in plants. In the current study, the impact of CB was determined on the ...

    Authors: Ahmed Shaaban, Khaulood A. Hemida, Taia A. Abd El-Mageed, Wael M. Semida, Synan F. AbuQamar, Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Omar A.A.I. Al-Elwany and Khaled A. El-Tarabily
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:538
  2. (Jacquin) R.K. Jansen is a new invasive species record for Yunnan Province, China. Native to Central America, it has also been recently recorded invading other parts of Asia. To prevent this weed from becoming...

    Authors: Shicai Shen, Fengping Zheng, Wei Zhang, Gaofeng Xu, Diyu Li, Shaosong Yang, Guimei Jin, David Roy Clements, Emma Nikkel, Aidong Chen, Yuchen Cui, Zewen Fan, Lun Yin and Fudou Zhang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:494
  3. Green nanoparticles are considered to be an effective strategy for improving phytochemicals and raising productivity in soil infected by root-knot nematodes. This work aims to understand the characteristics of...

    Authors: Nashaat N. Mahmoud, Asmaa Khader and Esawy Mahmoud
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:469
  4. Guava is a fruit prone to rapid spoilage following harvest, attributed to continuous and swift physicochemical transformations, leading to substantial postharvest losses. This study explored the efficacy of xa...

    Authors: Shaista Gull, Shaghef Ejaz, Sajid Ali, Muhammad Moaaz Ali, Hasan Sardar, Muhammad Azam, Honghong Deng, Ahmed Fathy Yousef, Abdulwahed Fahad Alrefaei and Mikhlid H. Almutairi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:450
  5. Intercropping, a widely adopted agricultural practice worldwide, aims to increase crop yield, enhance plant nutrient uptake, and optimize the utilization of natural resources, contributing to sustainable farmi...

    Authors: Jamal Nasar, Munir Ahmad, Harun Gitari, Li Tang, Yuan Chen and Xun-Bo Zhou
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:434
  6. Orobanche is an obligate parasite on faba bean in the Mediterranean region, causes considerable yield losses. Breeding tolerant faba bean genotypes to Orobanche is pivotal to sustain production and ensuring globa...

    Authors: Alaa A. Soliman, Mohamed A. Ibrahim, Manar I. Mousa, Elsayed Mansour, Yuhua He and Haitian Yu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:301
  7. Tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs), which typically mediate water transport across vacuolar membranes, play an essential role in plant growth, development, and stress responses. However, their characterizatio...

    Authors: Zhi Zou, Yujiao Zheng, Lili Chang, Liangping Zou, Li Zhang, Yi Min and Yongguo Zhao
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:298
  8. The extraction of bast fibres such as jute from plant stems involves the removal of pectin, hemicellulose, and other noncellulosic materials through a complex microbial community. A consortium of pectinolytic ...

    Authors: Subhojit Datta, Lipi Chattopadhyay, Shrestha Barai, Kunal Mandal, Gouranga Kar and Bijan Majumdar
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:295
  9. Stephania kwangsiensis Lo (Menispermaceae) is a well-known Chinese herbal medicine, and its bulbous stems are used medicinally. The storage stem of S. kwangsiensis originated from the hypocotyls. To date, there a...

    Authors: Hao Huang, Ying Wei, Shaojun Huang, Shijian Lu, Huasheng Su, Liuhui Ma and Weiping Huang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:276
  10. Apple is an important fruit crop that is always in demand due to its commercial and nutraceutical value. Also, the requirement for quality planting material for this fruit crop for new plantations is increasin...

    Authors: Vandana Bisht, Janhvi Mishra Rawat, Kailash Singh Gaira, Sumit Purohit, Jigisha Anand, Somya Sinha, Debasis Mitra, Farid S. Ataya, Ahmed M. Elgazzar, Gaber El-Saber Batiha and Balwant Rawat
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:240
  11. One of the most widely recognized biostimulators of plant development; is oligoalginate, which regulates the biological processes of plants and was used in horticultural fields as a plant growth regulator. The...

    Authors: Amina A. Aly, Noha E. Eliwa and Gehan Safwat
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:185
  12. Intercropping is an agriculture system used to enhance the efficiency of resource utilization and maximize crop yield grown under environmental stress such as salinity. Nevertheless, the impact of intercroppin...

    Authors: Amal Guerchi, Wiem Mnafgui, Cheima Jabri, Meriem Merghni, Kalthoum Sifaoui, Asma Mahjoub, Ndiko Ludidi and Mounawer Badri
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:158
  13. Cannabis is a historically, culturally, and economically significant crop in human societies, owing to its versatile applications in both industry and medicine. Over many years, native cannabis populations hav...

    Authors: Mehdi Babaei, Hossein Nemati, Hossein Arouiee and Davoud Torkamaneh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:151
  14. Consecutive droughts and quantitative and qualitative reduction of surface and underground water resources have caused an increase in greenhouse and hydroponic cultivation for most garden crops, including stra...

    Authors: Mahsa Azizi Yeganeh, Ali Asghar Shahabi, Ali Ebadi and Vahid Abdossi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:149

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:227

  15. Subsistence farmers and global food security depend on sufficient food production, which aligns with the UN's “Zero Hunger,” “Climate Action,” and “Responsible Consumption and Production” sustainable developme...

    Authors: Wasswa Shafik, Ali Tufail, Chandratilak De Silva Liyanage and Rosyzie Anna Awg Haji Mohd Apong
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:136
  16. Wolfberry is well-known for its high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. Due to the continuous ripening nature of Goji berries and the fact that they can be commercially harvested within a few weeks, the...

    Authors: Deshuai Liu, Miao Yuan, Ye Wang, Li Zhang, Wenkong Yao and Mei Feng
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:82
  17. Management of nitrogen (N) fertilizer is a critical factor that can improve maize (Zea mays L.) production. On the other hand, high volatilization losses of N also pollute the air. A field experiment was establis...

    Authors: Khadim Dawar, Atif Dawar, Muhammad Tariq, Ishaq Ahmad Mian, Asim Muhammad, Laiba Farid, Shadman Khan, Kashif Khan, Shah Fahad, Subhan Danish, Abdullah Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Mohamed S. Elshikh and Muhammad Tahzeeb-ul-Hassan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2024 24:74
  18. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) form symbiotic relationships with various terrestrial plants and have attracted considerable interest as biofertilizers for improving the quality and yield of medicinal plant...

    Authors: Yan-Hong Wu, Yong Qin, Qing-Qing Cai, Min Liu, Dong-Mei He, Xin Chen, Hai Wang and Zhu-Yun Yan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:597
  19. Developing sustainable agricultural practices is currently becoming an increasingly relevant challenge. As the worldwide population rises and climate change affects agriculture globally, new and sustainable ap...

    Authors: Subhojit Datta, Islam Hamim, Durgesh Kumar Jaiswal and Rungroch Sungthong
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:588
  20. Green chili is the predominant vegetable in tropical and subtropical regions with high economic value. However, after harvest, it exhibits vigorous metabolic activities due to the high moisture level, leading ...

    Authors: Muhammad Wasim Haider, Muhammad Nafees, Rashid Iqbal, Sajid Ali, Habat Ullah Asad, Farrukh Azeem, Muhammad Arslan, Muhammad Habib Ur Rahman, Abdel-Rhman Z. Gaafar and Mohamed S. Elshikh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:576
  21. Strobilanthes cusia (Nees) Kuntze is a traditional medical plant distributed widely in south China. The indole compounds that originated from the plant are responsible for its pharmacological activities. However,...

    Authors: Chang Liu, Mengya Cheng, Chao Ma, Junfeng Chen and Hexin Tan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:527

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:583

  22. Lentil is an essential cool-season food legume that offers several benefits in human nutrition and cropping systems. Drought stress is the major environmental constraint affecting lentil plants’ growth and pro...

    Authors: Sajitha Biju, Sigfredo Fuentes and Dorin Gupta
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:498
  23. Phosphorus (P) imbalances are a recurring issue in cultivated soils with pastures across diverse regions. In addition to P deficiency, the prevalence of excess P in soil has escalated, resulting in damage to p...

    Authors: Cíntia Cármen de Faria Melo, Danilo Silva Amaral, Anderson de Moura Zanine, Daniele de Jesus Ferreira, Renato de Mello Prado and Marisa de Cássia Piccolo
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:497
  24. Reproductive stage drought stress (RDS) is a major global threat to rice production. Due to climate change, water scarcity is becoming an increasingly common phenomenon in major rice-growing areas worldwide. U...

    Authors: Aparna Eragam, Ankita Mohapatra, Vishnu Shukla, Rajashekar Varma Kadumuri, Abin Panackal George, Latha Putta, Srividhya Akkareddy, Sreenivas Chavali, Lakshminarayana R. Vemireddy and Eswarayya Ramireddy
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:493
  25. Soil fertility decline due to nutrient mining coupled with low inorganic fertilizer usage is a major cause of low crop yields across sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, biochar potential to improve soil fertility ha...

    Authors: Cosmas Wacal, Daniel Basalirwa, John Byalebeka, Mitsuri Tsubo and Eiji Nishihara
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:473
  26. The aim of this study was to compare and investigate the effects of 1-(3-phenyl-propyl) cyclopropene (PPCP) and melatonin (MT) as anti-ethylene agents on postharvest senescence, quality, chilling tolerance, an...

    Authors: Emad Hamdy Khedr, Nagwa Khedr and Mohamed Abdel-Haleem
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:464
  27. Soil salinity, soil infertility, and freshwater scarcity are among the major constraints affecting agricultural ecosystems in arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Hence, there is a need to look for salt-to...

    Authors: Muziri Mugwanya, Fahad Kimera, Khaled Madkour, Mahmoud A. O. Dawood and Hani Sewilam
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:417
  28. Inorganic phosphate (Pi) is the sole source of phosphorus for plants. It is a limiting factor for plant yield in most soils worldwide. Due to economic and environmental constraints, the use of Pi fertilizer is...

    Authors: Laura Cuyas, Pascale David, Damien de Craieye, Sophia Ng, Mustapha Arkoun, Claude Plassard, Mohamadi Faharidine, Delphine Hourcade, Francesca Degan, Sylvain Pluchon and Laurent Nussaume
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:401
  29. Strawberries are one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the world, and their popularity continues to grow due to their unique taste, high nutritional value, and numerous health benefits. The success of st...

    Authors: Nafiye Unal, Ibrahim Kahramanoglu, Hanifeh Seyed Hajizadeh, Jale Bilgin and Volkan Okatan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:400
  30. Currently, using unconventional water sources in agriculture has become necessary to face overpopulation worldwide. Therefore, a pot experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of irrigation with saline...

    Authors: Abu El-Eyuoon Abu Zied Amin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:382
  31. Most of Camellia oleifera forests have low fruit yield and poor oil quality that are largely associated with soil fertility. Soil physical and chemical properties interact with each other affecting soil fertility...

    Authors: Yu Chen, Jinjia Zheng, Zhijian Yang, Chenhao Xu, Penghui Liao, Shaosheng Pu, Yousry A. El-Kassaby and Jinling Feng
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2023 23:378