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Special Issue "Modelling Mixing Effects in Forest Stands"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Em. Hubert Sterba

Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, Institute of Forest Growth, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Peter-Jordan-Straße 82, 1190 Vienna, Austria.
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Interests: growth and yield, forest inventory, growth modelling, mixed forests, grwoth efficiency, forest structure

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Complementarity, i.e., the mixing effects in mixed species forests are increasingly being investigated. Not only growth, but also tree form, foliar distribution, carbon allocation, mortality, resilience, resistance and recovery, crown features and foliar distribution exhibit mixing effects. They are found to depend on species traits, species proportions, stand characteristics like stand density and developmental stage, as well as site quality characteristics.

Growth models of different types and different complexities, whole stand models, distance-dependent and distance-independent individual tree models, statistical and mechanistic models are frequently used to evaluate and study the mixing effects. They have to go beyond case studies and therefore it is interesting to see if, and if yes then how complementarity can be modelled or could be considered in models. Therefore, this Special Issue will concentrate on the possibilities of generalizing relationships that finally lead to complementarity effects on any features of mixed species forest stands.

Prof. Dr. Em. Hubert Sterba
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • mixed forests
  • growth models
  • complementarity
  • mixing effects
  • species traits
  • competition
  • plasticity

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.

  1. Title: Modelling vertical leaf area distribution of European larch (Larix decidua) and Norway spruce (Picea abies L. Karst.)

Authors: Hubert Sterba, Gerald Dirnberger, Tim Ritter *

Affiliation: Institute of Forest Growth, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria


  1. Title: Effect of species mixing on tree morphology. Facts, modelling approaches, perspectives

Authors: Hans Pretzsch

Affiliation: Chair for Forest Growth and Yield Science, Technical University of Munich, Freising, Germany


  1. Title: Productivity variation of monospecific and mixed pine forests along an aridity gradient

Authors: Ana Aguirre1, Miren del Río2, Sonia Condes3


1 Universidad Politecnica Madrid, Department of Natural Systems and Resources, Spain

2 Universidad Politecnica Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, , Spain

3 Instituto Nacional de Investigatcion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain


  1. Title: Impact of Other Tree Species on the Growth of Interior Douglas-fir

Authors: Stella Britwum Acquah1 and Peter L. Marshall2,*


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada. V6T 1Z4

2 Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada. V6T 1Z4; [email protected]


  1. Title: Species Proportion by Area Calculated from Crown Width Models and from Maximum Stand Density Relationships

Authors: Thomas Ledermann

Affiliation: Institute of Forest Growth and Silviculture, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape Austria, Vienna


  1. Title: Simulated Effects of Tree Species Diversity and Species Pattern on Biomass Production at Stand Level

Authors: Irauschek, F., Rammer, W., Lexer, M.J.

Affiliation: Institute of Silviculture, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

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