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Special Issue "Plant-Animal Interactions in Forest Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Bogdan Jaroszewicz

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, Białowieża Geobotanical Station, Sportowa 19, PL-17-230 Białowieża, Poland
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Interests: forest ecology; functional ecology; species interactions; seed dispersal; soil seed banks; plant ecology; conservation biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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  • biological networks
  • forest ecology
  • ecosystem functioning
  • biodiversity
  • coevolution of interactions
  • seed dispersal
  • pollination
  • herbivory

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Open AccessArticle Egg Deposition of Micromelalopha sieversi (Staudinger) on Clones of Populus from Section Aigeiros Induces Resistance in Neighboring Plants
Forests 2019, 10(2), 110; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10020110
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 29 January 2019 / Published: 30 January 2019
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Research Highlights: We demonstrated that the resistance mechanisms of plants could be used to combat damage caused by pests in forestry plantations. Background and Objectives: Poplar is the main tree species used in plantations in northern China, with Micromelalopha sieversi (Staudinger) [...] Read more.
Research Highlights: We demonstrated that the resistance mechanisms of plants could be used to combat damage caused by pests in forestry plantations. Background and Objectives: Poplar is the main tree species used in plantations in northern China, with Micromelalopha sieversi (Staudinger) representing a major pest species causing defoliation. Here, we investigated whether two poplar clones could resist this pest species and the physiological mechanisms involved. Materials and Methods: Two clones of Populus from section Aigeiros were used, with ‘108’ (P. × euramericana ‘Guariento’) being more attractive to M. sieversi than ‘111’ (P. × euramericana ‘Bellotto’). Three treatments were set up (oviposited plants, neighboring plants, and control plants) to determine whether resistance was induced in plants neighboring oviposited plants. Results: Significantly fewer eggs were oviposited on neighboring plants compared to control plants for both clones, with more eggs being laid on oviposited and control plants of ‘108’ compared to ‘111’. β-Pinene was detected in oviposited and neighboring plants, but not control plants for either clone. Significantly higher concentrations of 3-carene was present in oviposited and neighboring plants of ‘108’ and ‘111’ compared to control plants at 24, 48, and 72 h after oviposition. Males, females, and mated females primarily responded to electroantennogram (EAG), methyl palmitate and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate at 50 ng/μL, and to 3-carene and β-pinene at 5 ng/μL, and to styrene at 10 ng/μL in EAG assays. When using these concentrations on plant leaves, 3-carene, β-pinene, and styrene significantly reduced the number of eggs laid on ‘108’, while 3-carene and β-pinene were effective for ‘111’. Conclusions: Plants neighboring oviposited plants exhibited defense responses; 3-carene and β-pinene were used to transmit chemical signals (volatile cues) from oviposited plants to neighboring plants; which induced neighboring plants released volatiles as a defense mechanism to prevent egg laying. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant-Animal Interactions in Forest Ecosystems)

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