Special Issue "Cultivation, Development, and Utilization of Multifunctional Tree Species"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 9169
Interests: tree physiology and ecophysiology; genotype–environment interaction; tradeoff between tree growth and secondary metabolites accumulation; tree nutrition and forest fertilization; salt and drought tolerance in woody plants; plantation silviculture
Interests: biology and technology of utilization-oriented silviculture; propagation/seedling growing for native tree species in northeastern China; restoration and reestablishment of climate-similar mixed forests of Korean pine and broadleaved tree species from secondary forests in northeast China
As defined in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), ecosystem services mainly include supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural functions, whereas forest ecosystems currently occupy approximately 31% of the Earth's land surface and are estimated to contain more than half of all terrestrial animal and plant species. With the decrease in natural forests, developing plantation is the key method to extend forest ecosystem services. Multifunctional trees can simultaneously contribute to multiple societal objectives, and planting multifunctional trees can promote not only ecosystem services, but also economic activity and social cohesion. As a result, they represent an attractive means for improving rural livelihoods. For instance, Wheel wingnut (Cyclocarya paliurus) is an example of a multifunctional tree that produces timber and nutritious leaves that are used as nutraceutical tea, as well as serving as an ingredient in functional food and traditional Chinese medicine among broad-leaved trees, while Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) is an example that produces both high-quality timber and nutritious edible seeds among coniferous trees. Indeed, many tree species possess multiple functions; however, determining how to optimize the benefits of their multiple uses and achieve livelihood improvements remains challenging, especially when it comes to the tradeoff between economic benefits and ecological function.
This Special Issue focuses on multifunctional tree species with great development potential, such as Cyclocarya paliurus, Pinus koraiensis, Cinnamomum camphora, Ginkgo biloba, and so on, and aims to increase our understanding of how the genotype, environment, and management practices impact tree growth, targeted biomass production, and quality. We encourage contributions from around the world in all fields of study related to biomass production, phytochemicals, biological activities, vegetative propagation, genotype–environment interactions, secondary metabolite regulation, as well as wood quality for potential multifunctional trees in order to optimize their oriented cultivation pattern.
Prof. Dr. Shengzuo Fang
Prof. Dr. Hailong Shen
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- multifunctional trees
- target biomass production
- wood quality
- biological activities
- vegetative propagation
- genotype–environment interactions
- secondary metabolite regulation
- oriented cultivation pattern