Special Issue "Plant Functional Traits in Forests: Variation and Linkages with Function"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 June 2023) | Viewed by 7399
Interests: leaf traits; absorptive root traits; trait covariation; functional diversity; ecosystem productivity
Interests: stomatal morphology; plant functional traits; functional diversity; community assembly
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Plant functional traits refer to the measurable properties of plants after long-term adaptation to the external environment and evolution. As the bridge connecting plant external morphology, internal physiology, and ecosystem function, plant functional traits are closely related to plant growth, reproduction, and survival functions. Currently, the research on plant functional traits has become one of the hot topics of ecology. Scientists have carried out extensive research on plant functional traits at different scales (organ, individual, species, population, community, ecosystem) to explore the mechanism of synergistic variation in plant functional traits and the response and adaptation of plant communities or ecosystems to global change. However, our understanding of how plant traits and functions respond to environmental changes on spatial, temporal, and succession scales is still limited. To advance the study of plant ecology, more studies are needed to reveal the relationships between plants and their environment as well as plant, community, and ecosystem functions. We hope our Special Issue can provide some insights into how plant functional traits respond to global climate change and exert influences on plant and ecosystem functions.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Linkages between plant traits and functioning, whole plant performance, and/or community or ecosystem processes.
2) Relationships between plant traits and community assembly.
3) Plasticity of plants along environmental gradients. Examples include variations in plant traits along spatial (e.g., elevation or latitude) and temporal scales (e.g., plant succession).
4) Variation in plant traits and their adaptation mechanism under global climate change.
Dr. Ruili Wang
Dr. Congcong Liu
Dr. Ying Li
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 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.
- intra- and inter-species variation
- different plant organs
- environmental gradient
- response to global changes
- plant phylogenetic effects
- whole-plant performance
- community assembly
- ecosystem function