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Call for papers: Special issue on “Microplastics in agroecosystems”

Background, Objectives and Scope 
Plastic pollution has been recently listed as one of the top 10 global environmental problems by the United Nations Environment Programme and is now considered to be a major factor responsible for the worldwide decline in biodiversity. However, plastics are continuously being consumed every year. Particularly, agriculture currently consumes 8 million tons of plastic per year globally with a predicted annual growth rate of 6.8% over the next 5 years. Plastics less than 5 mm are defined as microplastics and have received increasing attention in terms of their potential impact on ecosystems. Microplastics can be transported great distances across the globe because of their durability, light weight, and buoyancy. Although several thousand articles have been published on the amount, behaviour and fate of microplastics in marine systems, our understanding of the impact of microplastics on ecological functioning and the human food chain in terrestrial environments, remains poorly understood. This is surprising considering that 80% of microplastics arriving in the oceans were produced, used, and often disposed of on land. Agriculture provides most food for human, despite, the potential ecological and humanitarian trade-offs of microplastic use in agricultural systems remains poorly understood.
This research topic will help to reveal the nature of the microplastic problem by combining disciplines of physicochemistry, biochemistry, and ecology.
Contributions can include, but are not limited to:
 ● The transform and transport of microplastics in soil;
 ● The impact of microplastics on soil biota;
 ● The effect of microplastics on soil element cycling;
 ● Biofilm formation on microplastics and its ecological effect
About the Journal and Submission Procedure
Soil Ecology Letters (SEL) is an authoritative source of information for professionals in the broad field of soil ecology, jointly published by Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Higher Education Press of China and Springer. More information on the journal is available at and  
All submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website at Authors should clearly indicate their manuscript is intended for the special issue Microplastics in agroecosystems when submitting their manuscript online. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles, once accepted will be published online ahead of print, assigned with an unique DOI.
Important Dates:
Paper submissions start: August 1st, 2021
Paper submissions due: December 31st, 2021
Guest Editors of the Special Issue:
Prof. Dr., Tida Ge
State Key Laboratory for Managing Biotic and Chemical Threats to the Quality and 
Safety of Agro-products & Institute of Plant Virology, Ningbo University, China
Prof. Dr., Shaoliang Zhang
College of Resources and Environment, Northeast Agricultural University, China
Associate Prof. Dr., Lianzhen Li 
Key Laboratory of Coastal Environmental Processes and Ecological Remediation, 
Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Associate Prof. Dr., Chengtao Li 
Research and Development Center for Biodegradable Materials, 
Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China

Assistant Prof. Dr., Fan Ding
College of Land and Environment, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110086, China;

Pubdate: 2020-12-24    Viewed: 614