Special Issue "Organic Matter Production and Decomposition in Forest Soils"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2019
Organic matter inputs and decomposition represent important components in biogeochemistry through nutrient cycles in forest ecosystems, because significant amounts of organic matter and nutrients in the soils can be transferred during the decomposition processes. The organic matter inputs and decomposition processes depend on several ecological and management factors, such as the climate, forest type, site quality, stand age, stand density, fertilization, thinning, fire, and the incidence of insects and diseases. Nutrient dynamics by organic matter inputs and decomposition processes can be directly affected by environmental changes resulting from the ecological and management factors and indirectly by changes in microclimate and microbial activity. Therefore, an understanding of organic matter inputs and decomposition is critically important, because the changes in organic matter inputs and decomposition processes by ecological and management factors alter nutrient cycling processes and affect site productivity.
This Special Issue deals with these processes based on field experiments, modeling, and reviews, as well as new technology of nutrient cycling by organic matter inputs and decomposition processes in forest soils. Studies focused on the response to organic matter inputs and decomposition related to biotic and abiotic factors are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Choonsig Kim
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 soils
- Litterfall and litter decomposition
- Nutrient cycling
- Root production and decomposition
- Site productivity
- Soil carbon dynamics
- Soil organic matter
- Wood decomposition