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Special Issue "Forest Microbial Communities and Processes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Bradley

Département de Biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
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Interests: soil biodiversity, plant-soil interactions, ecological succession, agroforestry, greenhouse gases, carbon and nitrogen cycling, soil biology and biochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial communities are the unseen biomass largely responsible for the functioning of forest ecosystems. Their activities control important processes such as litter decomposition, nutrient cycling, plant diversity, nitrogen fixation, and plant nutrient uptake. They play key ecological roles wherever they may occur, whether it be in the bulk soil, in the rhizosphere, on leaf surfaces, within symbiotic structures, or as plant endophytes. In order to highlight the many contributions of microbes to the functioning of forest ecosystems, we are inviting the submission of manuscripts presenting original research results on (1) the factors controlling the structure and distribution of forest microbial populations or communities, or (2) key forest ecological processes (e.g., N2 fixation, decomposition, nutrient cycling, etc.) that are regulated by microbes.

Please note that this special issue will not publish studies that are wholly descriptive, such as those that characterize microbial communities in various forest environments. Rather, such information should be used in further experiments to test an idea or a mechanism, or to formulate novel conclusions.

Prof. Dr. Robert Bradley
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.


  • forest ecosystem functions
  • microbial communities
  • community structure and distribution
  • nutrient cycling
  • plant–soil interactions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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