Special Issue "Plant-Animal Interactions in Forest Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019
Dr. Bogdan Jaroszewicz
Forests are essential for life on earth and for human well-being. They provide habitat for approximately 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, protect watersheds, supply oxygen and provide many material goods. Many of these ecosystem services are delivered or enhanced by plant–animal interactions, which influence the ecological stability of ecosystems, energy fluxes, nutrient cycling, species composition, species distribution, etc. Our knowledge of the importance of plant–animal interactions to forest ecosystem functioning is very low, especially when taking into account the very wide range of existing plant–animal co-adaptations occurring on the structural, molecular and physiological levels. The range of potential direct and indirect plant–animal interactions is very wide and includes all types of relationships between any animal and any plant, from antagonistic via mutualistic to commensal.
This Special Issue of Forests is devoted to the ecology of plant–animal interactions in forest ecosystems. Submitted articles may focus on any interaction involving animal and plant partners: from animal herbivory and plant carnivory, plant pollination and seed dispersal to indirect enhancement of tree recruitment by a ‘landscape of fear’. Thus, any study increasing our understanding of the coevolutionary relationships between plants and animals and their importance to forest functioning are welcomed by the editors.
Dr. Bogdan Jaroszewicz
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.
- biological networks
- forest ecology
- ecosystem functioning
- coevolution of interactions
- seed dispersal