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Plant and Soil publishes original research papers and solicited review articles that deal with the interface of plant biology and soil sciences, and are of general interest. We give preference to those manuscripts with a strong mechanistic component which develop and test hypotheses aimed at improving understanding of 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. Articles including a major molecular or mathematical 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 (hans.lambers@uwa.edu.au) 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 (ppoot@cyllene.uwa.edu.au) to discuss the feasibility of the project.