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Plant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relationships

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Plant and Soil publishes original research papers, solicited review articles and commentaries that enhance our understanding of the interface of plant biology and soil sciences, and are of general interest. We are seeking those manuscripts with a strong mechanistic component which develop and test hypotheses aimed at understanding underlying mechanisms of plant-soil interactions. Manuscripts can include both fundamental and applied aspects of mineral nutrition, plant water relations, symbiotic and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions, root anatomy and morphology, soil biology, ecology, agrochemistry and agrophysics, as long as they are hypothesis-driven and enhance our mechanistic understanding. Articles including a major molecular or modelling component also fall within the scope of the journal. All contributions appear in the English language, with consistent spelling, using either American or British English. Plant and Soil provides rapid publication of full-length papers describing the results of original research. Articles accepted for publication in Plant and Soil report novel findings of general significance. Reviews, mini-reviews and commentaries are usually solicited by members of the Editorial Board. However, individuals who wish to prepare a review or a mini-review are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief ( prior to submitting a manuscript. Occasionally Plant and Soil will publish special issues containing a collection of articles on a theme considered by the editors to be of general interest to our readers. These Special Issues may consist of a selection of presentations from a scientific meeting or a collection of papers organised by an individual or group. In all cases, manuscripts submitted for publication as part of a special issue will be subject to the same review process required of regular submissions. Individuals or groups wishing to organise a special issue of Plant and Soil should contact the Managing Editor, Lieve Bultynck ( to discuss the feasibility of the project.

ISSN: 0032-079X

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