Special Issue "Organic Carbon Pools and Storage in Forest Soil"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 July 2020).
Interests: soil genesis; soil organic matter structure and dynamic; soil–plant interaction; rhizosphere; forest soils
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Soil comprises the largest pool of terrestrial C, and through soil organic matter (SOM) cycling, it represents either an important sink of atmospheric CO2 or a possible source of greenhouse gases. SOM includes a wide range of compounds at different decomposition stages derived from litter, root turnover, and microorganisms, and its dynamics is controlled by substrate quality, biological activity, soil type, vegetation and climate. Furthermore, the stability of soil organic C (SOC) is enhanced by interactions with minerals and by occlusion within organomineral complexes that make organic C less accessible to microbial attack.
Forest covers about 30% of the total world’s land area, and forest soils are generally considered active C sink, being less affected by anthropic disturbances than agricultural soils. However, although SOC cycling is key in forest ecosystems, the processes involved in the transformation of organic matter, from a pool to another, and its stabilization have not been fully understood and are further complicated by the ongoing climate change. Indeed, temperature can influence SOC cycling both directly, through its impact on microbial metabolism, and indirectly through long-term effects on soil properties. In addition, forest management is another important factor which can improve SOC sequestration by affecting nutrient availability, amount, and quality of organic matter, and many biogeochemical cycles.
For this Special Issue, we are asking papers reporting studies on soil organic C pools (including dead wood and litter), dynamic, and sequestration in forest soils that contribute to improve both basic knowledge on the mechanisms controlling the SOC cycling and on sustainable management strategies of forest ecosystems.
Prof. Alberto Agnelli
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.
- Soil organic matter
- C sequestration
- Organic matter fractionation
- Organic–mineral complexes
- Soil biological activity
- Climate change
- Forest management