Special Issue "Biological Control of Forest Invaders"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2018)
Forests can be invaded by a range of non-native organisms. In this Special Issue, we focus on invasions by alien (non-native) forest plants and their biological control. Recent overviews in some regions of the world suggest pervasive, far-reaching effects of such invasions on specific organisms, and ecosystem processes. Although many aliens fail to naturalize or to invade, the rate of introduction is such that all forests globally are at risk. Many introductions were well-meaning as the plants in question possessed desirable attributes and their potential as invasives was not understood. Hundreds of examples provide instructive case histories. Invasive vines, trees, and even some parasitic plants have become problematic in at least some natural forests or plantations. Some fire-prone invaders affect forests from the forest periphery. Some plants only become invasive as mycorrhizal partners are introduced. Others have proliferated on the forest floor as they poison the mycorrhizae of trees. Hybridization has increased the invasiveness of yet others. Invaders tend to be in a state of enemy release. Succession may be stalled by their presence. Climate change may exacerbate the challenge that they pose. Biological control of forest invaders has sometimes relied on the classical approach with the selection of agents in the native range. In other cases, biocontrol agents have been found in the invaded range. The agents themselves represent a range of organisms although most are microbes or arthropods. We encourage studies from all fields that touch on forest plant invasions, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge and improve strategies for biological control.Prof. Dr. George Newcombe
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 1800 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.
- Biotic homogenization
- Natural distributions
- Specialized pathogens and herbivores
- Enemy release
- Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis
- Host range