Special Issue "Forest Invasive Species: Spread, Impact and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
Dr. Ari M. Hietala
Globalization is facilitating the movement of species around the world. An invasive species is a plant, animal, or microbe species that is not native to a specific location, and that has a tendency to spread to a degree that causes socio-cultural, economic, or environmental harm. In the absence of natural predators, competitors, and parasites, invasive species can prosper in new environments and spread at the expense of native species, affecting entire ecosystems and landscapes. The longevity and generally high maturity age of trees slow down the adaptation of forest ecosystems to new threats, such as invasive species. Once established in an area, introduced species have proven to be very difficult to eliminate. In addition to unintentionally-introduced organisms, such as harmful insects and pathogenic microbes, invasive species include also organisms deliberately introduced to gain economic, environmental, or social benefits; there are, for example, striking examples of planting of alien forest tree species that are effectively dispersing in the landscape and causing a potential threat to several ecosystems.
The goal of this Special Issue is to provide an up-to-date compilation of representative case studies that address the spread, ecological and economic impact, and strategies of control of invasive plant, animal and microbe species associated with forests.
Dr. Ari M. Hietala
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.
- Best practice management
- Biological invasions
- Ecological and economic impacts
- International trade