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Special Issue "Soil Microorganisms in Forests: Biodiversity, Ecological Function, and Biogeography"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 9246
Special Issue Editors
Interests: aboveground-belowground interactions; climate change microbiology; microbial biogeography; soil microbial ecology; forest soil microorganisms
Interests: human–wildlife conflicts; conservation biology; protected area management; landscape genetics; conservation genetics
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Special Issue Information
Forest ecosystems harbor a great diversity of soil microorganisms, however, soil microbes in forest ecosystems are not finely analyzed in comparison with agricultural and grassland systems. In forest ecosystem, aboveground plant community dynamics are closely linked with soil microorganisms. Plants provide the organic carbon required by the soil microorganisms, and the microbes in turn breaks down dead wood materials and regulates plant growth and community dynamics by supplying available soil nutrients. Particularly, plants structure their own fitness and competitiveness through recruiting and cooperating with soil microbes, such as symbiotic or pathogenic hostile species. Forest ecosystems are more sensitive to climate change, due to the high soil organic carbon content. How soil microorganisms would respond to climate change (for instance, drought and warming), and how these change would associate with the variations in plant community dynamics, is still not clear. In comparison with plant and animals, the biogeography of soil microorganisms has received less attention. The distribution of soil microbes and their potential associations with plants distribution is a hot topic in ecology. We encourage studies from all these fields, including plant-microbes interactions, climate change microbiology, and microbial biogeography, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to deepen our understanding on the ecological linkages between the aboveground and belowground biota in forest ecosystem.
Prof. Dr. Hui Li
Prof. Dr. Yuguang Zhang
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 microbiology
- aboveground-belowground interactions
- microbial biodiversity
- microbial biogeography
- microbial community assembly