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Call for papers - Engineering the Earth's carbon: the future of agriculture

Guest Editors

Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, PhD, North-West University, South Africa
Marcus Griffiths, PhD, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA
Christopher Topp, PhD, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 October

BMC Environmental Science is calling for submissions to our Collection on sustainable agriculture, regenerative practices, and climate-smart strategies that play a crucial role in carbon mitigation.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 15: Life on Land

Meet the Guest Editors

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Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, PhD, North-West University, South Africa

Dr Babalola is a science advocate, Vice President of OWSD, and Vice President of TWAS, Africa region. Olubukola, an NRF-rated scientist with an MBA, has received many awards, including being the finalist in GenderInSite 2020 and Clarivate's highly cited research top 1% for the field years 2022 and 2023. She has years of experience focusing on rhizosphere genomics. She is passionate about science education and capacity building and has completed the supervision of 35 PhDs and 25 masters. Her international experience spans the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. She enjoys international partnerships with academia and industry across the globe.

Marcus Griffiths, PhD, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Marcus Griffiths is a Research Scientist specializing in root functional phenomics based at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Under the guidance of Dr Christopher Topp, he is specifically exploring sustainable solutions to agriculture with cover crops. His fascination with phenotyping systems and image analysis, enabling reproducible and high-throughput plant research, defines his research focus. Dr Griffiths earned his PhD at the University of Nottingham, mentored by Dr Darren M Wells and Prof. Malcolm J Bennett. His work on root system architecture responses to nitrogen in wheat, utilizing hydroponics and X-ray CT, laid the foundation for his subsequent postdoctoral fellowship at the Noble Research Institute LLC under Dr Larry M York, focusing on nutrient uptake kinetics.

Christopher N. Topp, PhD, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA

Christopher Topp is a Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA. He was a prior chair of the North American Plant Phenotyping Network, and a current co-Director of the Subterranean Influences on the Nitrogen and Carbon Cycle (SINC) Center. The Topp Lab takes an integrated phenomics approach to the study of root and rhizosphere traits. By integrating these efforts with natural variation and genomics, he focuses on new crop and cover crop varieties with root systems tailored to the local environment that enhance drought tolerance, efficient nutrient uptake, and ecosystem services towards sustainable agriculture goals.

About the Collection

BMC Environmental Science is calling for submissions to our Collection “Engineering the Earth's carbon: the future of agriculture”.

Feeding a steadily growing global population in a sustainable way is one of the major challenges currently faced by humankind. Conventional agricultural practices not only make a substantial contribution to climate change but are also highly susceptible to its effects. We are therefore in urgent need of more sustainable and productive agriculture systems, which will benefit both our environment and farming communities.

Potential topics can include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Regenerative agricultural practices, such as no-till farming, cover cropping, agroforestry, rotational grazing, or crop selection
  • Precision agriculture for the use of water, pesticides, fertilizers
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Policy and regulation for carbon-friendly practices.
  • Genetic engineering of crops, advanced soil management practices, and novel methods for carbon capture
  • Impact on food production, economic viability of new practices and the need for careful land-use planning

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Engineering the Earth's carbon: the future of agriculture" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.