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Special Issue "Genetic Control of Growth, Biomass Allocation, and Survival under Drought Stress"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Miloš Ivković

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Building 502, Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain ACT 2601, Australia
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Interests: forest genetics; tree breeding
Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio Espinoza M.

Department of Forest Sciences, Universidad Católica del Maule, Av. San Miguel, 3605, Talca, Chile
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Interests: forest physiology; drought stress; forest rehabilitation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reduced rainfall and increased temperature are predicted to raise drought stress in many forest regions of the world. Because of the land shortage in high-rainfall areas, it is important to study genetic variation in survival and early growth on drought-prone sites. There is an increasing need to identify and develop production systems suitable for these sites. Targeted breeding and deployment of germplasm with better adaptations to drought-prone sites are an alternative to species replacement.

There is a large body of literature about physiological and morphological traits affecting the response of forest trees to drought stress. However, there are relatively few studies concerning the genetic control of these traits. Significant differences have been found among geographic origins for traits related to water stress in nursery and field trials. However, more knowledge is needed at the genetic level, including estimates of the genetic variances, genetic correlations, and heritabilities of adaptive traits.

The adaptive responses of trees include both genetic adaptations and phenotypic plasticity. Plastic responses will be highly important for adaptation in forest trees, as drought stress is projected to increase. The physiological mechanisms that are controlling plant performance under drought stress need to be better understood. We encourage studies from all related fields, in native and introduced species, including both original experimental studies and reviews to contribute to this Special Issue.

Dr. Miloš Ivković
Dr. Sergio Espinoza M.
Guest Editors

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.


  • drought stress physiology
  • biomass allocation
  • genetic parameters
  • tree breeding
  • forest genetics
  • forest management
  • phenotypic plasticity

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