Special Issue "Terricolous Nonvascular Photoautotroph (NVP)-Rich Habitats: Community Composition, Ecological Processes, Ecosystem Functions and Conservation Management under Global Changes"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 54

Special Issue Editors

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Interests: flora; vegetation; restoration ecology; urban ecology; lichens; Cladonia; Corynephorus; Ammophila arenaria; Campylopus introflexus
Dr. Gabriele Gheza
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Guest Editor
BIOME Lab, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Via Irnerio 42, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: lichen ecology; floristics and taxonomy; lichen herbaria; diversity, ecology and conservation of lichen-rich habitats

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Terricolous NVP (nonvascular photoautrophs) are dominant or abundant in many types of vegetation and ecosystems, but often they have been little considered in biodiversity conservation. Nevertheless, they can play important roles for biodiversity, ecological processes (e.g., vegetation dynamic), and ecosystem functioning (e.g., water retention, C and N fixation, erosion control), which need to be better explored. This Special Issue promotes research on terricolous NVP-rich habitats in the framework of current global changes (e.g., climate change, biological invasions, land use change) and their potential impacts (e.g., compositional shifts, habitat fragmentation). Implications for habitat management and restoration are also welcome.

The topic of this Special Issue considers many of the subject areas covered by the journal, as in the case of community ecology, global change effects on biodiversity, invasive organisms and conservation management related to habitats and ecosystems. Review papers and regular research articles are particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Silvia Assini
Dr. Gabriele Gheza
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • NVP (nonvascular photoautotrophs)
  • habitats, biodiversity
  • ecosystem functioning
  • conservation management
  • global changes

Published Papers

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