The Soil-Water-Plant-Human Nexus: A Call for Photographic Review Articles

Document Type : Review


1 Dean, College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences Agriculture Building, Room 200 Southern Illinois University 1205 Lincoln Drive Carbondale, IL 62901 USA

2 Agricultural Microbiology, Soil, Water and Environment Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

3 Microbiology department, Soil, Water and Environment Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center.

4 Soil improvement.SWERI.AR.C.

5 Vegetable crops Department , Agriculture and Biological Division- National Research Centre

6 Soil and Water Dept., Kafrelsheikh Uni.

7 DE MÉK, Institute of Animal Science, Biotechnology and Nature Conservation, Department of Animal Husbandry, Nanofood Laboratory, Debrecen University, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary


Soil and water supply us with the essentials of life, including clean water, healthy edible foods, feed, fiber, shelter, and fuel. Soil also serves as a repository for and soil and water are both central components of human culture. The close interactions between soil, water, plants and humans is very important for human health and well-being. This is a call for the submission of original manuscripts on this nexus that uses photographs to communicate how the nexus functions and its importance to humanity. This approach is based on a more photos, less words paradigm to create narrative photographic studies. More studies are needed that focus on different aspects of the soil-water-plant-human (SWPH)nexus. Any combination of the components of the SWPH nexus that includes the human component (e.g., soil-water-human, soil-plant-human, etc.) is welcome as part of this special section. The ultimate goal of these articles is to add to knowledge of the SWPH nexus in a way that incorporates art and culture into our scientific understanding of some of today’s major global challenges.