Special Issue "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Nutrition of Trees and Forests"


A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg
Institute of Forest Sciences, University of Freiburg, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
Website: https://www.ctp.uni-freiburg.de/mitarbeiter/hrennenberg?set_language=en
E-Mail: heinz.rennenberg@ctp.uni-freiburg.de

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mark A. Adams
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney, 1 Central Avenue, Eveleigh, 2015 NSW, Australia
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/academic_staff/mark.adams.php
E-Mail: mark.adams@sydney.edu.au

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) nutrition of trees has been studied for many decades, but has largely been focused on inorganic nutrient uptake and leaf level nutrient contents. In recent years it became obvious that N and P cycling at the ecosystem level is of vital importance for tree nutrition and that organic N uptake by trees is an essential part of ecosystem N cycling; in particular on N and/or P poor soils, and in cooler climates. The significance of organic P uptake by trees is still a matter of debate, especially under field conditions. The overlay of climate change on ecosystem N and P cycling has become an important issue of forest research. This overlay raises questions around competition for N and P among structural elements (overstorey vs. undestorey), as well as among dominant species. Many nutritionally related aspects of changing climates, such as effects on rhizosphere and phyllosphere, remain seriously under-studied. The central aim of this Special Issue is to provide new insights into some of these topics at the tree, and the ecosystem level.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg
Prof. Dr. Mark A. Adams
Guest Editor


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  • N uptake
  • P uptake
  • inorganic N
  • organic N
  • inorganic P
  • organic P
  • ecosystem N cycling
  • ecosystem P cycling
  • plant–microbial interactions
  • biosphere–atmosphere–hydrosphere exchange

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Forests 2014, 5(10), 2561-2580; doi:10.3390/f5102561
Received: 22 August 2014; in revised form: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 17 October 2014 / Published: 23 October 2014
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Last update: 12 December 2014

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