Special Issue "Endangered Epiphytic Lichen Specialists in Forest Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 84

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Josef P. Halda
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Science, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Interests: biodiversity; lichenized fungi; forest management; epiphytic lichens; succession

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, scientists have increasingly studied the reasons why the species diversity of forest biocenoses is rapidly decreasing. Lichenized fungi work as useful indicators of habitat continuity and the health status of forest ecosystems. Lichens are organisms with limited dispersal and niche specialization. Some epiphytic species grow on old trees or deadwood only. They react quickly to environmental and management changes. Climate changes have a large-scale effect on key factors determining the development and species composition of lichenized fungi in forest ecosystems. Understanding the different factors of these effects can help to determine the most effective management of forest biocenoses and the best conservation of endangered lichen communities. It is still not well known which factors are most important for the natural forest dynamics and what an ideal forest should look like. How much deadwood is in an ideal forest? How can we explain to the public why the current method of forest management is not suitable for the future in the long term?

Potential topics for submission:

  • Species diversity of lichens;
  • Effect of forest managements;
  • Importance of communities on deadwood;
  • Endangered epiphytic lichen specialists;
  • Forest fragmentation and disturbance;
  • Lichen succession after hurricane, fire or insect invasion;
  • Important factors for forest development.

Dr. Josef P. Halda
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biodiversity
  • lichenized fungi
  • forest management
  • epiphytic lichens
  • succession

Published Papers

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