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Special Issue "Drought Tolerance Traits and Growth in Trees"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecophysiology and Biology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2023) | Viewed by 2945
Special Issue Editors
Interests: plant ecophysiology; climate change; drought; heatwaves; transpiration; forest ecology; urban ecology
Interests: plant ecophysiology; conservation; functional traits; invasion; phenotypic plasticity; population modelling; resource limitation; stress physiology
Special Issue Information
The rapidly warming climate in the Anthropocene is threatening all of Earth’s forest ecosystems. The spatial extent and duration of recent droughts are unprecedented and have caused widespread impacts, ranging from changes in forest community composition and large-scale tree mortality to unprecedented forest wildfires. There is increasing awareness that forests stabilize the global climate, and not only Earth’s natural forests, but also it’s urban forests. A key challenge for forest science is to improve our understanding of how drought affects the morphological and physiological properties of trees and what the consequences of these changes are for growth, survival, and reproduction, as this will impact management of natural forests, restoration of degraded forests, and species selection in urban forests. For this Special Issue, we invite studies on tree responses to drought that include measurements of (1) plant functional traits related to drought tolerance and/or (2) whole-plant performance metrics (e.g., growth). Research articles using experimentally simulated droughts or observations made during naturally-occurring droughts, whether at the tree, site, or landscape scale, in natural or urban forests, are welcome. We particularly encourage studies from the Southern Hemisphere and developing countries that are underrepresented in the literature.
Dr. Renée M. Marchin
Dr. Andrea C. Westerband
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 2000 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
- functional traits
- global change
- local adaptation
- tree growth
- tree survival
- whole-plant performance