Special Issue "Patterns of Plant Species Diversity under Different Disturbance Regimes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Antonio Gazol
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Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC), 50192 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: forest ecology; plant diversity; functional traits; woody plants; tree growth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant species diversity influences forest functions and the ecosystems services they provide. Natural disturbances play an important role in the creation and maintenance of forest diversity. However, global change is expected to alter disturbance regimes, creating novel conditions for forest ecosystems and their diversity. Thus, a deeper understanding of how forest diversity relates to different disturbances across regions is required to anticipate the response of forest diversity to altered disturbance regimes. Particularly, there is an urgent need to understand how the diversity of canopy as well as understory taxonomic and functional species responds to altered disturbance regimes, how disturbances influence above- and below-ground diversity linkages, and whether forest resilience to disturbances depends on diversity.

Dr. Antonio Gazol
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • biotic interactions
  • functional diversity
  • fire
  • microbial soil community
  • species richness
  • understory
  • windstorm

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Phylogenetic Community and Nearest Neighbor Structure of Disturbed Tropical Rain Forests Encroached by Streblus macrophyllus
Forests 2020, 11(7), 722; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11070722 - 30 Jun 2020
Abstract
Although woody plant encroachment of tropical forest ecosystems has been related to altered disturbance regimes, its impacts on the nearest neighborhood structures and community phylogenetics are still poorly understood. Streblus macrophyllus is a light-demanding species during its early life stages and is shade-tolerant [...] Read more.
Although woody plant encroachment of tropical forest ecosystems has been related to altered disturbance regimes, its impacts on the nearest neighborhood structures and community phylogenetics are still poorly understood. Streblus macrophyllus is a light-demanding species during its early life stages and is shade-tolerant as a mature tree. S. macrophyllus can be found in tropical karst evergreen forests in northern Vietnam. It often regenerates at high densities in anthropogenic disturbed forest stands. To understand the structural patterns of disturbed forests encroached by S. macrophyllus at different abundance levels, three fully mapped 1-ha plots were established in Cuc Phuong National Park. Methods considering the phylogenetic community and nearest neighbor statistics were applied to identify how community structure changes during S. macrophyllus encroachment. Results showed that phylogenetic distance, phylogenetic diversity, and mean phylogenetic distance increased when species diversity increased and the abundance of S. macrophyllus decreased in forest communities. Net related index values were positive, which indicates a clustered phylogenetic structure among all sampled forest communities. S. macrophyllus trees were mixed well with heterospecifics and had regular to aggregated distributions, whereas the species showed evidence of being a strong competitor with its neighbors. Competition could be a major ecological process regulating forest communities encroached by S. macrophyllus. According to the forest disturbance effects, phylogenetic community properties showed the loss of phylogenetic relatedness when S. macrophyllus increased in abundance. To our knowledge, S. macrophyllus encroaches tropical rain forest communities as a disturbance-adapted species. Full article
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