Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Storage and Cycling in Forest Soil

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024 | Viewed by 66

Special Issue Editors

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College of Soil and Water Conservation Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China
Interests: soil organic carbon; vegetation restoration; soil microorganisms; global change; plants

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Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an, China
Interests: nitrogen cycles; carbon budget; soil respiration; soil biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In forest ecosystems, plants, soil, and microorganisms are interconnected and interact with each other, unifying biotic and abiotic factors such as plants’ above-ground parts, root systems, soil organisms, and other biotic factors through the circulation of matter and energy flow within the system, forming an interconnected composite organic whole. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) are the three main nutrients in the ecosystem, which participate in the nutrient cycle of the ecosystem. Soil, as an important component of forest ecosystems, is a "reservoir" for supplying nutrients needed by plants and has special ecological significance in the process of above-ground and below-ground energy exchanges and material. At the same time, C, N, and P elements, as important life elements, have a strong coupling effect among them and play a crucial role for individual plants and even the whole ecosystem. The C, N, and P cycles within the ecosystem are converted among plants, soils, and microorganisms and ecological chemometrics.

In this Special Issue, we welcome reports of C, N, and P research on potential topics including, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Soil carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus accumulation;
  • Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus stoichiometry;
  • Mechanisms of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles;
  • Future perspectives for carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in forest soil.

Dr. Jiwei Li
Dr. Kaibo Wang
Guest Editors

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  • carbon
  • nitrogen
  • phosphorus
  • forest
  • soil
  • stoichiometry
  • storage

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