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Special Issue "Forest Trees Ecophysiology under Global Change"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michal V. Marek

Global Change Research Institute – CzechGlobe, Czech Academy of Science, CZ-60300 Brno, Belidla 3a, Czech Republic
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Interests: Ecophysiology of forest trees photosynthesis; carbon cycle; global change; Forest Ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Global climate change (GCC) is a reality and forests play an undisputed role in GCC mitigation. The interconnection between trees and GCC is very close. Carbon dioxide in not only a principal greenhouse gas but it is also a basic “food” for photosynthesis. Thus, the role of autotrophs including trees is clear. The primary effect of GCC on the life of forest trees is mediated via photosynthesis and ecophysiological processes.

The effect of GCC is mediated not only by photosynthesis. GCC also often manifests in terms of the water level. This means that evapotranspiration responses and drought reactions are of great significance. A very important part of the physiological responses of trees is their reaction to changing seasonal phenology. The sudden start of spring is related to rapid changes in the assimilatory apparatus. Significant changes in the precipitation distribution affects the seasonal ontogeny of tree tissues (leaf, cambium, buds) with significant consequences.

A special cluster of responses are found relating to the reaction of carbon dioxide enhancement and the assimilation of carbon. Photosynthesis depression and acclimation, the effects of RUBISCO activity, and nutrient reallocation were discovered and need further investigation. The effect of GCC can be observed more deeply using “omics” techniques. These techniques are resulting in the discovery of very rapid responses in metabolite composition and abundance as a reaction to GCC. These changes are very clear and further knowledge is welcomed.

The very special role of ecophysiological studies of forest trees lies in the wide area of forest stand–atmosphere gas flux reactions. Knowledge of the principles of gas flux, seasonal effects and impact of extreme climate events is still weak. The need to evaluate the physiological principles of, for example carbon flux, is still very urgent, because we need information on global carbon sinks and their sensitivity to not only environmental but also to anthropogenic events. 

Thus the objective of this Special Issue is of great importance. The goal of this issue is to compile the most recent research on forest tree ecophysiology responses to GCC. The scale of processes that could be considered is wide, and should not simply identify the most important process–environment reactions. The papers published in this Special Issue will provide results and prospects for use in global climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Prof. Michal V. Marek
Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

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.

Long-term atmospheric carbon dioxide fertilization effects on radial-growth responses of western juniper trees: a longitudinal study.  

Pete Soule
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