Special Issue "Mechanisms of Adaptation of Forest Trees to Limiting Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 607

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Departamento de Sistemas Agrícolas, Forestales y Medio Ambiente, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA), Avda. Montañana 930, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: drought; tree functioning; ecophysiology; environmental stresses
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Dear Colleagues,

Trees are sedentary, long-lived organisms that must cope with environmental stresses throughout their existence, in contrast with other strategies, e.g. escaping stress, which benefit ephemeral plants. Limiting environments impose chronic stress on these long-lived organisms, as growth is negatively affected by i) limited resource availability or ii) growing limitation due to adverse environmental variables (e.g. low or high temperatures or high air vapour pressure deficit). This Special Issue aims to share information about factors affecting tree growth imposed by resource limitation or environmental factors through negative effects on tree functioning. Therefore, suggested topics to fit the aim of this Special Issue include:

  • Nutritional limitations: studies offering new data about trees living in poor soils in terms of nutrient availability.
  • Water scarcity as a structural feature of any particular habitats (drylands) and perspectives of evolution of such effects from a temporal perspective (climate change).
  • Environmental factors imposing stress in the sense of limiting growth, independent of or concomitant with resource availability.

Studies should offer new data on habitat limitations (edaphic or climatic data) and functional responses of trees.

Dr. Eustaquio Gil-Pelegrín
Guest Editor

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  • stress
  • nutrient limitation
  • nutrient scarcity
  • drought
  • vegetative period
  • functional responses

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Reevaluating Near-Infrared Reflectance as a Tool for the Study of Plant Water Status in Holm Oak (Quercus ilex subsp. rotundifolia)
Forests 2023, 14(9), 1825; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14091825 - 07 Sep 2023
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Plant water status can be assessed through leaf spectral reflectance in the near-infrared (NIR), the “water bands”, considering indices that include the reflectance at a band absorbed by water over and another one as reference. We have assessed i/ the accuracy of reflectance [...] Read more.
Plant water status can be assessed through leaf spectral reflectance in the near-infrared (NIR), the “water bands”, considering indices that include the reflectance at a band absorbed by water over and another one as reference. We have assessed i/ the accuracy of reflectance at 1450, 1599 and 1940 nm without reference bands and ii/ the potential use of leaf water content index (LWCI) for the estimation of plant water status in holm oak, the main host plant for black truffle cultivation. We demonstrated that contact measurements of leaf reflectance in the “water bands” constitute an accurate and non-invasive estimator of relative water content (RWC) in holm oak, despite the absence of a reference wavelength, probably due to the low variation in leaf thickness under dehydration. The use of a reference wavelength, which is needed for remote sensing, diminished the accuracy of RWC estimation. Contrastingly, LWCI increased the accuracy of RWC estimation as well as a reference wavelength were used. However, LWCI required the reflectance value at full turgor, diminishing its potential for implementation at field level. In conclusion, this technique would allow the continuous monitoring of the physiological state of holm oak and intelligent water control in truffle cultivation. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanisms of Adaptation of Forest Trees to Limiting Environments)
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