Special Issue "Root Form and Function of Forest Tree Species in Varying Soils and Climates"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 307

Special Issue Editors

School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Hexing Road 26, Harbin 150040, China
Interests: root ecology; root functional traits; silviculture; mycorrhizae; nitrogen deposition; nutrient resorption; plant physiology
Dr. Yiyang Ding
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Guest Editor
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Interests: soil ecology; root ecology; minirhizontron; above- and belowground C cycling; root phenology; biogeochemistry; soil fertility; soil carbon
Dr. Changfu Huo
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Forest Ecology and Management (CAS), Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
Interests: tree fine root turnover; rhizosphere effect; forest underground carbon sink

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fine root is the key organ for nutrients and water uptake in terrestrial plants, and thus plays a critical role in individual physiology, population dynamics, and ecosystem function and service. However, as the “hidden half” of plants, their morphology, structure and function are still underrepresented in comparison with the aboveground compartments. Recent advances in research on root functional traits have highlighted the fact that fine root traits are multidimensional within and among plant species. Conceptual frameworks of “root economics space” are proposed and tested across broad scales, all of which deepen our understanding of the linkage between root structure and function, as well as their relations to the global spectrum of plant form and function.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the results of studies addressing important questions related to trees’ fine root morphology, anatomy, structure and function, as well as their interrelationships in the context of environmental change (e.g., climate and soils).

Prof. Dr. Jiacun Gu
Dr. Yiyang Ding
Dr. Changfu Huo
Guest Editors

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  • root functional traits
  • root economics spectrum
  • root economics space
  • nutrient acquisition strategy
  • absorptive roots

Published Papers

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