Soil System Sciences

TOP-30 papers in the TOP-10 journals of the SOIL SCIENCES category (V): PLANT AND SOIL

Plant and SoilInterested in the most relevant soil articles of 2015? In this short series of posts I’ve compiled a list of the 30 most cited articles of the top ten journals in the category of SOIL SCIENCES. Today: PLANT AND SOIL.

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Abiven, S., Hund, A., Martinsen, V., Cornelissen, G. Biochar amendment increases maize root surface areas and branching: a shovelomics study in Zambia. 2015. Plant and Soil, 395 (1-2), pp. 45-55. DOI:

Barrow, N.J. Soil phosphate chemistry and the P-sparing effect of previous phosphate applications. 2015. Plant and Soil, 397 (1-2), pp. 401-409. DOI:

Cai, F., Chen, W., Wei, Z., Pang, G., Li, R., Ran, W., Shen, Q. Colonization of Trichoderma harzianum strain SQR-T037 on tomato roots and its relationship to plant growth, nutrient availability and soil microflora. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 337-350. DOI:

Cardinael, R., Mao, Z., Prieto, I., Stokes, A., Dupraz, C., Kim, J.H., Jourdan, C. Competition with winter crops induces deeper rooting of walnut trees in a Mediterranean alley cropping agroforestry system. 2015. Plant and Soil, 391 (1-2), pp. 219-235. DOI:

Cigan, P.W., Karst, J., Cahill, J.F., Sywenky, A.N., Pec, G.J., Erbilgin, N. Influence of bark beetle outbreaks on nutrient cycling in native pine stands in western Canada. 2015. Plant and Soil, 390 (1-2), pp. 29-47. DOI:, T., Kirchgessner, N., Le Marié, C.A., York, L.M., Lynch, J.P., Hund, A. Next generation shovelomics: set up a tent and REST. 2015. Plant and Soil, 20 p. Article in Press. DOI:

Craine, J.M., Brookshire, E.N.J., Cramer, M.D., Hasselquist, N.J., Koba, K., Marin-Spiotta, E., Wang, L. Ecological interpretations of nitrogen isotope ratios of terrestrial plants and soils. 2015. Plant and Soil, 396 (1-2), pp. 1-26. DOI:

Crous, K.Y., Ósvaldsson, A., Ellsworth, D.S. Is phosphorus limiting in a mature Eucalyptus woodland? Phosphorus fertilisation stimulates stem growth. 2015. Plant and Soil, 391 (1-2), pp. 293-305. DOI:

Dai, Y., Zheng, X.-J., Tang, L.-S., Li, Y. Stable oxygen isotopes reveal distinct water use patterns of two Haloxylon species in the Gurbantonggut Desert. 2015. Plant and Soil, 389 (1-2), pp. 73-87. DOI:

Fan, H., Wu, J., Liu, W., Yuan, Y., Hu, L., Cai, Q. Linkages of plant and soil C:N:P stoichiometry and their relationships to forest growth in subtropical plantations. 2015. Plant and Soil, 392 (1-2), pp. 127-138. DOI:

Ferchaud, F., Vitte, G., Bornet, F., Strullu, L., Mary, B. Soil water uptake and root distribution of different perennial and annual bioenergy crops. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 307-322. DOI:

Ge, T., Liu, C., Yuan, H., Zhao, Z., Wu, X., Zhu, Z., Brookes, P., Wu, J. Tracking the photosynthesized carbon input into soil organic carbon pools in a rice soil fertilized with nitrogen. 2015. Plant and Soil, 392 (1-2), pp. 17-25. DOI:

He, W., Wu, F., Zhang, D., Yang, W., Tan, B., Zhao, Y., Wu, Q. The effects of forest gaps on cellulose degradation in the foliar litter of two shrub species in an alpine fir forest. 2015. Plant and Soil, 393 (1-2), pp. 109-122. DOI:

Hilbig, B.E., Allen, E.B. Plant-soil feedbacks and competitive interactions between invasive Bromus diandrus and native forb species. 2015. Plant and Soil, 392 (1-2), pp. 191-203. DOI:

Hobley, E., Wilson, B., Wilkie, A., Gray, J., Koen, T. Drivers of soil organic carbon storage and vertical distribution in Eastern Australia. 2015. Plant and Soil, 390 (1-2), pp. 111-127. DOI:

Joy, E.J.M., Stein, A.J., Young, S.D., Ander, E.L., Watts, M.J., Broadley, M.R. Zinc-enriched fertilisers as a potential public health intervention in Africa. 2015. Plant and Soil, 389 (1-2), pp. 1-24. DOI:

Kou, L., Guo, D., Yang, H., Gao, W., Li, S. Growth, morphological traits and mycorrhizal colonization of fine roots respond differently to nitrogen addition in a slash pine plantation in subtropical China. 2015. Plant and Soil, 391 (1-2), pp. 207-218. DOI:

Manevski, K., Børgesen, C.D., Andersen, M.N., Kristensen, I.S. Reduced nitrogen leaching by intercropping maize with red fescue on sandy soils in North Europe: a combined field and modeling study. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 67-85. DOI:

Navarro-Cano, J.A., Verdú, M., García, C., Goberna, M. What nurse shrubs can do for barren soils: rapid productivity shifts associated with a 40 years ontogenetic gradient. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 197-209. DOI:

Nielsen, U.N., Prior, S., Delroy, B., Walker, J.K.M., Ellsworth, D.S., Powell, J.R. Response of belowground communities to short-term phosphorus addition in a phosphorus-limited woodland. 2015. Plant and Soil, 391 (1-2), pp. 321-331. DOI:

Ova, E.A., Kutman, U.B., Ozturk, L., Cakmak, I. High phosphorus supply reduced zinc concentration of wheat in native soil but not in autoclaved soil or nutrient solution. 2015. Plant and Soil, 393 (1-2), pp. 147-162. DOI:

Pariasca-Tanaka, J., Vandamme, E., Mori, A., Segda, Z., Saito, K., Rose, T.J., Wissuwa, M. Does reducing seed-P concentrations affect seedling vigor and grain yield of rice?. 2015. Plant and Soil, 392 (1-2), pp. 253-266. DOI:

Podolich, O., Ardanov, P., Zaets, I., Pirttilä, A.M., Kozyrovska, N. Reviving of the endophytic bacterial community as a putative mechanism of plant resistance. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 367-377. DOI:

Rees, F., Germain, C., Sterckeman, T., Morel, J.-L. Plant growth and metal uptake by a non-hyperaccumulating species (Lolium perenne) and a Cd-Zn hyperaccumulator (Noccaea caerulescens) in contaminated soils amended with biochar. 2015. Plant and Soil, 395 (1-2), pp. 57-73. DOI:

Sun, C., Gao, X., Fu, J., Zhou, J., Wu, X. Metabolic response of maize (Zea mays L.) plants to combined drought and salt stress. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 99-117. DOI:

van Bruggen, A.H.C., Francis, I.M., Krag, R. The vicious cycle of lettuce corky root disease: effects of farming system, nitrogen fertilizer and herbicide. 2015. Plant and Soil, 388 (1-2), pp. 119-132. DOI:

Van Zwieten, L., Rose, T., Herridge, D., Kimber, S., Rust, J., Cowie, A., Morris, S. Enhanced biological N<inf>2</inf> fixation and yield of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) in an acid soil following biochar addition: dissection of causal mechanisms. 2015. Plant and Soil, 395 (1-2), pp. 7-20. DOI:

Williams, M., Martin, S., Kookana, R.S. Sorption and plant uptake of pharmaceuticals from an artificially contaminated soil amended with biochars. 2015. Plant and Soil, 395 (1-2), pp. 75-86. DOI:

Yao, H., Chapman, S.J., Thornton, B., Paterson, E. 13C PLFAs: a key to open the soil microbial black box?. 2015. Plant and Soil, 392 (1-2), pp. 3-15. DOI:

Zhang, W., Zhao, J., Pan, F., Li, D., Chen, H., Wang, K. Changes in nitrogen and phosphorus limitation during secondary succession in a karst region in southwest China. 2015. Plant and Soil, 391 (1-2), pp. 77-91. DOI:

Antonio Jordán is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seville and coordinator of the MED Soil Research Group. Antonio’s research focusses on rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the effects of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. He is an active members of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which coordinates the scientific programme on soil sciences.