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Special Issue "Ozone Impacts on Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alessandra De Marco

Department of Sustainability, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Via Anguillarese 301, 00123, Rome, Italy
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Interests: Atmospheric pollution; Impacts on Ecosystems
Guest Editor
Dr. Pierre Sicard

ARGANS, Sophia Antipolis, France
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Interests: Air pollution and climate change impacts on forests; Modelling ozone uptake by vegetation; Surveys campaigns and epidemiological study (visible ozone injury); Assessment of stomatal ozone flux-based critical levels for visible ozone injury; Validation of satellite-derived products by specific surveys at ground-based monitoring sites; Statistical and multivariate analysis (e.g. co-kriging, spatio-temporal changes)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Air pollution and climate change are identified as major issues affecting European society. Tree species can respond differently to climate change and air pollution, depending on several tree features, such as morphological, physiological, and chemical functional traits of leaves (linked to the plants functioning), phenotypic plasticity (changes in morphology and physiology), plant phenology, as well as environmental conditions. Furthermore, several biotic and abiotic stressors in various geographic areas are involved in the intra-specific selection of plants that survive environmental stress by stress avoidance or tolerance. Tropospheric ozone (O3) is, by far, the most widespread and harmful pollutant to trees, and its concentrations have been increasing in the Northern Hemisphere since the pre-industrial era. The ability to avoid (stomatal regulation) and/or turn on tolerance mechanisms (activation of scavenging mechanisms) is diverse and specific among plant species, and it characterizes the response to O3 oxidative stress. Different provenances might respond differently to O3. We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring observations, and modeling approaches to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge for the identification of spatial and temporal behaviors in forests responses to O3 oxidative stress.

Dr. Alessandra De Marco
Dr. Pierre Sicard
Guest Editors

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.

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 Pollution
  • Oxidative stress
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Interaction Ozone Pollution and Climate Change
  • Forest Health

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