Special Issue "Analysis of Microbial Diversity and Greenhouse Gas Production of Forest Decomposition"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2020.
Interests: microbial ecology; soil; deadwood; litter
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Microorganisms are key players in the decomposition of residue and detritus materials in forests. With their metabolic activity, microorganisms largely contribute to carbon (C) balance and nutrient availability in these ecosystems. Microbial decomposition activity also causes the subsequent release of carbon dioxide (CO2), as well as nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4). Climate warming is expected to increase the microbial heterotrophic metabolism leading to enhanced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from forests. Thus, forest ecosystems are becoming an important part of worldwide greenhouse gas-related climate change research activities.
However, the specific environmental factors affecting GHG-producing microbial communities are poorly understood. Therefore, investigations into the drivers that shape microbial communities and influence decomposition processes are essential for the prediction of the forest response to future environmental conditions.
More attention has been paid to fungi and bacteria biodiversity and their roles in forest ecosystems. In recent years, even Archaea have proven to be an integral and dynamic component of forest decomposing microbiota, but the exact extent of their contribution still remains unclear.
This Special Issue will present novel research that could help the scientific community to understand the involvement of microbial communities in GHG emissions in forest ecosystems. We encourage the submission of experimental studies, monitoring approaches, and theoretical models to promote knowledge on the dependence of GHG production rates, along with the abundance and composition of microbial communities, in order to help with the planning of forest strategies for climate change mitigation.
Dr. Roberta Pastorelli
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.
- Microbial diversity
- Greenhouse gas emission
- Litter decomposition
- Deadwood decomposition
- Soil respiration