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Forests, Volume 11, Issue 4 (April 2020) – 120 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Forest ecosystems sustainability is a major challenge in a world threatened by climate change and [...] Read more. Forest ecosystems sustainability is a major challenge in a world threatened by climate change and alien invasive pathogens. Forest decline triggered by those factors has been identified around the globe in both natural and artificial forest stands. In Spain, for example, Mediterranean Quercus forests are severely affected by tree mortality caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi root rot, causing the loss of mature and young trees in dehesa ecosystems and afforestation stands. Although this syndrome has been extensively studied, there are still many gaps in the study of plant–pathogen–soil interaction. We analyzed the spatial distribution of soil properties and pathogen inoculum density under trees in one afforestation affected by root rot. Our results showed the significant influence of crown cover, with predictable patterns of inoculum density related to soil properties and crown projection.View this paper.