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Special Issue "Microbial Community Composition and Function in Forest Soil"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2023 | Viewed by 3644
Special Issue Editors
Interests: carbon cycle; soil microbe; soil aggregate; soil nutrient; forest restoration; forest ecology and management; climate change
Interests: nitrogen biogeochemistry; soil carbon sequestration; climate change; forest ecology
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Interests: carbon cycle; soil microbe; ecological stoichiometry; soil-plant interaction
Special Issue Information
As an important part of the forest ecosystem, soil microbes play important roles in maintaining multiple ecosystem functions and driving biogeochemical cycles. They can be the key indicators for evaluating soil health and fertility, and the effectiveness of vegetation restoration. Meanwhile, biotic and abiotic factors including climate, vegetation type and soil properties can change the composition and activity of soil microbes, then affect ecological processes and functions.
However, microbial communities are very complex and sensitive to the environment. Compared with the above-ground ecosystem, much less is known about the microbial diversity, composition and functions. In recent years, with the development of microbial determination technology, there has been an increasing number of diverse research studies on soil microbes. Under the background of climate change and ecological restoration, many unknowns and uncertainties exist in the spatial and temporal patterns, functions and influencing factors of forest soil microbes. A better understanding of forest soil microbes will facilitate the understanding of ecological processes and services that can be applied to ecological and forestry practices.
We encourage research in all these areas, including but not limited to: the microbial community composition and diversity; community assembly; growth and metabolic activity and biomass; soil enzymes; stoichiometric characteristics; functional genes; special groups of microbes; plant-microbe interactions; microbial functions (such as involved in elemental biogeochemical cycles, carbon fixation, soil quality, soil formation, pollutant degradation, litter decomposition, and etc.), and their biogeographic patterns; temporal dynamics; and responses to vegetation succession and environmental and climate changes.
Dr. Yujing Yang
Prof. Dr. Xiankai Lu
Dr. Xiong Fang
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- forest ecosystem
- microbial biogeography
- ecosystem services
- nutrient cycling
- carbon sequestration
- climate change
- forest restoration
- forest succession
- forest management