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Special Issue "Impacts of Ozone on Forest Plants and Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Elina Oksanen

Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
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Interests: climate change, ozone, forest, air pollutants, greenhouse gases, water stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Healthy and resilient forest ecosystems are key players in the mitigation of climate change through their massive carbon sequestration capacity. They provide ecosystem services such as maintaining biodiversity and soil fertility, and providing us clean water, recreational areas, and raw materials for innovative products, and preventing erosion. Yet, the function of forest ecosystems is severely threatened by multiple abiotic and biotic perturbations, such as climate warming, air pollutants, drought, nutrient imbalance, weather extremes, pests, pathogens, and intensive land use. Tropospheric ozone is globally one of the most important air pollutant and greenhouse gases affecting forest trees and ecosystems. Although the responses of forest trees to ozone have been studied for decades, more knowledge and assessment is required to understand the acclimation and adaptation capacity of trees, phenotypic plasticity, and the molecular mechanisms behind the responses, as well as the interactions between ozone and other climatic and stress factors to devise better strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This Special Issue of Forests is focused on the effects of ozone on forest plants, covering all ecosystems and geographical areas. Research articles may focus on any aspect of ozone responses in forest plants, including physiological, biochemical, genetic and metabolic studies, and forest ecosystems, including interactions of other abiotic or biotic factors. Studies dealing with ozone resistance breeding and adaptive forest management are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Elina Oksanen
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.


  • ozone
  • forest plants
  • ecosystems
  • interactions
  • climate change
  • adaptation

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