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Research in Forest Biology in the Era of Climate Change and Rapid Urbanization

by Nancai Pei 1,* and W. John Kress 2,*
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Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Guangzhou 510520, China
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Department of Botany, MRC-166, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA
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Forests 2020, 11(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010026
Received: 16 December 2019 / Accepted: 21 December 2019 / Published: 23 December 2019
Green plants provide the foundation for the structure, function, and interactions among organisms in both tropical and temperate zones. To date, many investigations have revealed patterns and mechanisms that generate plant diversity at various scales and from diverse ecological perspectives. However, in the era of climate change, anthropogenic disturbance, and rapid urbanization, new insights are needed to understand how plant species in these forest habitats are changing and adapting. Here, we recognize four themes that link studies from Asia and Europe presented in this Special Issue: (1) genetic analyses of diverse plant species; (2) above- and below-ground forest biodiversity; (3) trait expression and biological mechanisms; and (4) interactions of woody plants within a changing environment. These investigations enlarge our understanding of the origins of diversity, trait variation and heritability, and plant–environment interactions from diverse perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; forest biodiversity; plant–environment interactions; plant traits; urbanization climate change; forest biodiversity; plant–environment interactions; plant traits; urbanization
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Pei, N.; Kress, W.J. Research in Forest Biology in the Era of Climate Change and Rapid Urbanization. Forests 2020, 11, 26.

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