Special Issue "Global Biogeography and Invasion Risk of Forest Pathogens"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 651

Special Issue Editors

Department of Forest Phytopathology, Nature University of Poznan, ul. Wojska Polskiego 71 C, 60-625 Poznań, Poland
Interests: fungal identification; plant protection; fungal community; forest pathology; biodiversity; dead wood
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Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Parkowa 5, 62-035 Kórnik, Poland
Interests: mechanism of interaction between root and fungi; pathogen; mycorrhiza; fungal trophic strategies; the mutualism–parasitism continuum; stress response; root biology and ecology; ecology of soil microorganisms
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Department of Forest Entomology and Pathology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, 60-625 Poznań, Poland
Interests: bark and ambrosia beetles; ambrosia fungi; saproxylic beetles; beetles ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biological invasions are a major consequence of globalization and pose a serious threat to biodiversity. History is full of examples of intentional and unintentional introductions of invasive species. Invasive alien species are harmful to ecosystems. Species traits conducive to invasion success (invasiveness) have been extensively studied in animals and plants. However, the role of fungi in invasions has been overlooked despite the enormous scale of fungi occurrence and environmental impact. Recently introduced species that are now considered non-invasive may become invasive in the future. Predicting the invasiveness of pathogenic fungi is difficult. This Special Issue plans to provide an overview of the latest influences of global biogeography on the risk of forest pathogen invasion in relation to plant protection.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • The risk of invasion of fungal pathogens;
  • Climate change and impacts on the invasiveness/non-invasiveness of alien species;
  • Future prospects for new fungal pathogens;
  • Biological invasion of alien species;
  • Factors influencing the sucess of invasion;
  • Factors influencing the invasiveness of fungi.

Dr. Jolanta Behnke-Borowczyk
Dr. Joanna Mucha
Dr. Radoslaw Witkowski
Guest Editors

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  • diversity
  • alien species
  • invasiveness of fungi
  • sucess of invasion
  • plant protecion

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Habitat Suitability of Pine Wilt Disease in Northeast China under Climate Change Scenario
Forests 2023, 14(8), 1687; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14081687 - 21 Aug 2023
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Pine wilt disease (PWD), caused by Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is one of the most severe forest diseases worldwide. PWD causes devastating disasters to Chinese pine trees, seriously threatening forestry production and the forest ecological environment, and causes economic losses of over ten billion [...] Read more.
Pine wilt disease (PWD), caused by Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is one of the most severe forest diseases worldwide. PWD causes devastating disasters to Chinese pine trees, seriously threatening forestry production and the forest ecological environment, and causes economic losses of over ten billion yuan per year to China. Previous studies have shown that the spread of PWD is closely related to climate factors. Today, PWD is spreading rapidly owing to abnormal climate changes. In order to provide a reference for controlling the spread of PWD in China, in this study, we accurately assessed the risk of the continued spread of PWD in Northeast China; a correlative species distribution model (MaxEnt) (RM = 1, AUC = 0.9904) was used to evaluate China’s climate suitability for PWD. The effects of climate factors on the spread of PWD in Northeast China were studied using Liaoning Province as an example by analyzing the relationship between the changes in average precipitation, average temperature, average relative humidity, average vapor pressure deficit, average wind speed, average sunshine duration and the area of the PWD epidemic over the past five years. These results suggest that with the change in climate, the areas suitable for PWD have expanded, and certain previously unsuitable areas for its distribution have become suitable. Temperature and precipitation were found to play key roles in the occurrence and damage of PWD, and hot and arid conditions favored the spread of PWD. It is recommended that for areas within the suitable range of PWD but not yet epidemic areas, quarantine should be strengthened to prevent the further spread of PWD. In addition, special attention should be paid to epidemic areas with high temperatures and arid while the monitoring of PWD should be strengthened to achieve the early detection and timely treatment of infected epidemic trees. Our results indicate that PWD undoubtedly poses a major threat to Northeast Chinese pine species if climate change proceeds as projected. In the future, more attention should be paid to monitoring the northward spread of PWD, and further studies should consider meteorological data forecasts, which could facilitate timely control measures. Full article
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