Special Issue "Ecology and Conservation of Coastal Plant Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2023) | Viewed by 7601
Interests: conservation biology; plant ecology; seed/spore ecology and conservation; germination ecology; orchid conservation; fern and lycophyte conservation
Coastal habitats and their plant communities provide many ecosystem services which are critical to humans and wildlife, such as coastal protection, erosion control, carbon sequestration, habitat for wild animals, and recreational benefits. However, they are considered highly vulnerable at global level because they are severely altered by many stressors, among them urbanization, mass tourism development, alien species invasions, and climate change. This alteration can lead to complete destruction or deep fragmentation of these ecosystems, with loss of their essential functions. Plant communities play a key role in shaping and maintaining the structure of these ecosystems, and in delivering many of the ecosystem services, such as habitat and food provisioning for wildlife and mitigation of coastal hazards. In order to protect and restore coastal plant communities, however, it is critical to get a good understanding of their ecology and population dynamics, as well as to develop effective ex situ conservation and propagation protocols for plant species.
This Special Issue is meant to collect publications with cutting-edge studies informing the ecology and conservation practice for coastal plant communities. We encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research relating to the ecology, biology, and physiology of coastal plants, the restoration of these plant communities, and the management of invasive alien species, providing new findings and views with the potential to enhance plant conservation and sustainable use of coastal habitats. We welcome original research papers, methods, reviews, and perspectives.
Dr. Sara Magrini
Dr. Marcello De Vitis
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- alien species management
- conservation biology
- environmental stress
- ex situ/in situ conservation
- global warming
- plant diversity
- plant ecology
- plant regeneration
- population ecology
- seed germination
- seed functional traits