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Special Issue "The Effects of Species Invasions and Dispersal on Forest Communities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luís González

Plant Biology and Soil Science Department, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
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Interests: invasive species; plant ecophysiology; control and restoration; plant–soil micro-organisms interactions; plant–plant interactions; plant–insect interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Non-native plants invade boreal, tropical, and temperate forests and severely impact native biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Exotics may modify soil fungal and bacterial communities, decrease species richness, affect soil properties and nutrient cycling, change socio-cultural and economic activities, and harm human health.

Many of the invasive species have exceeded the period of early detection for an effective eradication. Efficient and sustainable management is necessary to preserve biodiversity and, in the worst cases, to coexist with the exotic species. Management decisions based on environmental, economic, and social impacts need to distinguish between invasive species and their effects. These effects may have lasting legacies on the forest community composition and forest ecosystem function.

To contribute to this Special Issue of Forests, we encourage studies from all fields related to forest invasions, but especially those which attempt to report the ecophysiology of invasive species, soil or structural legacies, and possible controls in order to promote knowledge and improve effective control and restoration strategies. Invasive species will be considered in plants, animals, and micro-organisms and their relationships. Original works and reviews are both welcome.

Prof. Dr. Luís González
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.


  • invasive species
  • ecophysiology
  • control and restoration
  • plant–soil micro-organisms interactions
  • plant–plant interactions
  • plant–insect interactions

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.

Invasion by Fabaceae Species in Ibero-America: What Is Known and What Is Expected?

Narciso Aguilera Marín et al.

Possibilities of Acacia Melanoxylon Control and Eradication Through the Use of Environmentally Friendly Techniques

Rodríguez-Parra, J.; Guisande-Collazo, A.; Lechuga, Y.; Lorenzo, P.

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