Special Issue "Plant-Soil Feedbacks on Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in Forest Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).
Interests: carbon sequestration in soil; biomarkers; earthworm effects on soil C stability; effect of plant tissue chemistry on the build-up of mineral-protected soil C
Interests: Plant-soil interactions; plant exudation; C flow and its transformation in soil; microbial N transformations; Fertilization effect on ecosystem functioning; Focus mainly on grasslands and wetlands
In the face of climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, forest ecosystems and soils are becoming important potential carbon (C) sinks. This potential varies with tree species, which may substantially impact soil C pools and nutrient cycles. Yet, little information is available on how altered tree species composition in the wake of climate change will alter these nutrient cycles and the stability of soil C, with unknown consequences for ecosystem functioning. Specifically, a higher frequency of droughts or fires in forests previously unaffected by such extreme events may unpredictably alter plant–soil feedbacks in such ecosystems. The interactions of trees, their traits, and C and nutrient cycling in forest soils need to be better understood. We encourage the submission of studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring approaches, and modeling attempts, to this Special Issue, promoting knowledge and adaptation strategies for the preservation, management, and future development of forest ecosystems.Dr. Gerrit Angst
Prof. Dr. Eva Kaštovská
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.
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- Carbon sequestration
- Nutrient cycling
- Climate change
- Tree species traits
- Ecosystem services
- Forest fires, regeneration
- Forest management