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Special Issue "Dieback on Drought-Prone Forest Ecosystems"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Raúl Sánchez-Salguero

Dpt. Sistemas Físicos, Químicos y Naturales, Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Ctra. Utrera Km 1, 41013, Sevilla, Spain
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Interests: forest management; dendroecology; biogeography, forest dynamics; tree decline; ecological modeling; global change
Guest Editor
Dr. Luis Matías

Dpt. of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, University of Jaén. Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071, Jaén, Spain
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Interests: forest ecology; plant–animal interactions; global change; tree physiology; woody plants; tree decline; species distributions
Guest Editor
Dr. Jesús Julio Camarero

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC), Avda. Montañana 1002, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: dendroecology; forest ecology; tree dieback; environmental stress; climate warming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world is rapidly getting warmer, and mortality events rose over the past 30 years in forest ecosystems through growth decline, loss of vigour, and in many cases, death, revealing the high vulnerability of many forests in all biomes. These episodes have the potential to rapidly alter ecosystem services, with important implications for the carbon–water balance, nutrient cycling, and population and community dynamics. Besides the presence of inciting (e.g., heat and drought events) and contributing factors (e.g., opportunistic biotic agents), the predisposition of particular species, populations, or individuals of a given species is considered as central to understanding why some organisms survive while others succumb to climatic stress. There is also a knowledge gap about the role of intraspecific trait variability, which might be caused either by genetic or local environmental differences, on determining key mechanisms leading to mortality events such as the carbon starvation–hydraulic failure model for plants.

This Special Issue of Forests calls to join efforts to improve our understanding of how ecosystems respond to changes in climate and which functional or structural traits make some species more prone to dieback and mortality episodes. We propose multidisciplinary contributions using varied disciplines such as ecophysiology, functional ecology, forest pathology, dendroecology, remote sensing, and modelling. Authors should address ecological and management aspects, including mitigation and adaptation to the environmental risks faced by forests globally. Contributions including experimental, observational, and theoretical studies are welcome for any biomes or scale.

Dr. Raúl Sánchez-Salguero
Dr. Luis Matías
Dr. Jesús Julio Camarero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • forest dieback
  • extreme climatic events
  • disturbances
  • climate warming
  • climatic risks
  • forests vulnerability
  • forest pathogens
  • insect outbreaks
  • forest fires
  • regeneration
  • forest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title:Fingerprints of climate change in the oromediterranean fir forests of Greece?

Observations on forest dynamics of Mt. Taygetos, southern Peloponnese (fir-dieback, mosaic-cycle).


Author: Dr. Robert Brandes


Keywords / structure:

Fir in Greece is widely covering the mountain forests / at the ecological southern limit of genus Abies: Die-back (bark beetles, fungi) in dry periods have revealed that the Greek fir forests are highly susceptible to climate change scenarios and related impacts (diseases, fire). How could the Greek forests survive human impact (wood-cutting, fire) and periodical heat/drought events so far (as we know by dendrochronological research)?

=> Mosaic cycle (Abies cephalonica/Pinus nigra) is one highly important factor to explain the stability of the forest in Taygetos, compared to other (pure) fir forests in Greece.

Which consequences can be drawn, regarding the forest management for an increased climate change scenario?

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