Special Issue "Soil Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yasuo Iimura
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Guest Editor
School of Environmental Sciences, The University of Shiga Prefecture, 2500 Hassaka-cho, Hikone 522-8583, Shiga, Japan
Interests: carbon and nutrient cycle in forest; soil organic matter dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rapid changes in forest ecosystems, driven by climate change and escalating nitrogen deposition, underscore the urgency of understanding forest responses to these environmental stressors. Integral to this understanding is a comprehensive understanding of the forest carbon cycle that goes beyond the analysis of aboveground dynamics to include belowground carbon dynamics involving roots and soil. Recent research is shedding light on the critical link between these carbon dynamics and the cycling of essential nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. This Special Issue aims to add to the existing body of knowledge by delving deeper into the multifaceted, yet somewhat mysterious, forest carbon cycle and its interactions with nutrient cycles. We cordially invite wide-ranging studies that focus on carbon and nutrient cycles and their interactions throughout forest ecosystems—from the leafy canopy to the intricate root systems and soils below. Through this collaborative effort, we seek to demystify nature's complex intricacies and better equip ourselves to address the impending environmental challenges.

Dr. Yasuo Iimura
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 2600 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.


  • climate change
  • nitrogen deposition
  • carbon cycle
  • nutrient cycle
  • root
  • soil
  • forest

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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