Special Issue "Soil Biology and Biochemistry of Forests"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2023) | Viewed by 12438
Interests: spatial modeling; soil process; machine learning; soil carbon
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Interests: earthworm ecological function and distribution pattern; carbon and nutrient cycling; soil food web; plant-soil feedback; global change
Interests: ecophysiological modeling; environmental stress; microbial biofertilizers; microbial communities; plant physiology; plant stress responses; plant-soil-microbial interactions; water relations
Interests: plant-soil interactions; plant community responses to the soil; environmental stress; plant ecology; plant stress responses
Forest soil is a habitat of numerous Earth organisms, including microfauna, mesofauna, and megafauna. Soil organisms have a crucial influence on soil processes, soil health, water and air flows, and energy fluxes. Moreover, soil organisms fulfill key processes in the soil, such as decomposition and nutrient mineralization.
Despite the recent progress in soil biology and biochemistry over the last few decades, various important questions remain unanswered so far—for instance, what the environment-controlling factors of the spatial distribution of the Earth organisms in forest soil in plot or stand level to regional and continental scales are, how forest types define the organism community and diversity in various climate conditions, how Earth organisms contribute to soil quality and soil health and how they can increase soil fertility, how soil fauna helps forest sustainability, and how biotic and abiotic drivers control soil fauna populations.
Therefore, in this Special Issue, we are aiming to build a collection of recent research findings and review and meta-analysis articles on soil biology and biochemistry. Moreover, we welcome papers dealing with the importance of soil biodiversity, machine learning in soil biochemistry, spatial modeling of soil fauna, soil and soil food web, and the interaction between soil biology with soil physicochemical properties and processes to regulate belowground functions.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Mojtaba Zeraatpisheh
Prof. Dr. Weixin Zhang
Dr. Esmaeil Bakhshandeh
Prof. Dr. Alireza Naqinezhad
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.
- natural and planted forests
- forest soil quality
- soil fauna and flora
- soil biodiversity
- soil process
- spatial distribution
- biological processes
- plant–microbe interactions
- microbial communities
- ecophysiological modeling
- environmental stress