Special Issue "Wood Chemistry in a Changing Global Environment"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Meteorology and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 December 2023 | Viewed by 191

Special Issue Editors

Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Eucalyptus; extractives; wood anatomy
Dr. José Carlos Carvalho Rodrigues
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Guest Editor
Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: chemometrics; near infrared spectroscopy; wood science; wood chemistry; wood products; Eucalyptus; lignin; PY-GC-MS; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; forestry; lignocellulose degradation; lignocellulosic conversion; biofuel production; biomass conversion; hydrothermal treatment; wood anatomy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wood, a composite of holocellulose, lignin, and extractives, provides a record of past environmental and ontogenic effects throughout the life of a tree. Species-specific genetic and ontogenic factors influence the biosynthesis of wood formation and, by extension, its chemical composition. Tree-ring research is a dynamic discipline that encompasses dendrochronology, dendroclimatology, and more recently dendrobiochemistry by including tree-ring wood features that can be measured. Biomacromolecules have not been considered thus far, mainly due to limitations imposed by classical wet chemistry methods. Recently, precise quantification at the semi-micro level based on analytical pyrolysis has opened up the opportunity to perform this analysis. The main constraint for an efficient study of the chemical changes associated with environmental changes is the large tree-to-tree chemical variation that makes it nearly impossible to perceive the differences between the control and test groups. In addition, research is limited to a small number of young plants that can be accommodated in greenhouses. Analyzing tree rings formed under extreme events as well as annual rings from preceding and subsequent years used as a control group constitutes an efficient way to overcome these limitations.

We welcome submissions on the effects of extreme weather events or any climatic change on the biomacromolecular content and/or composition of wood.

Dr. Ana Alves
Dr. José Carlos Carvalho Rodrigues
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • annual growth rings
  • biomacromolecules
  • extreme weather events
  • drought
  • wave heat
  • analytical pyrolysis
  • extractives
  • lignin
  • cellulose
  • hemicelluloses

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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