Special Issue "Responses of Trees to Pollutants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2019).
Interests: tree physiology; forest ecology; environmental stress; dendrochemistry
The fingerprint of anthropogenic disturbance on urban environmental quality is a relevant question in modern society. Air pollution is one of the most important problems related to industrialization and is of major concern to societies for its effects on the environment and human health. Pollutants can be deposited onto plant surfaces, absorbed from the atmosphere by foliage, and taken up from soil by roots. Responses of trees to pollutants require investigation to assess pollutant uptake in trees and resistance to pollution. Indeed, the translocation of trace elements depends on tree species and the chemical element: Cation exchange processes may occur within the xylem sap, and fluctuations in element concentration can occur from one annual ring to the next. The potential of trees to uptake pollutants is an efficient pathway to preserve the environment. Responses of trees to pollutants conveniently implement modelling processes, towards identifying physiological plant response and resistance mechanisms, plant signals in relation to the pollution threshold, and suitable trees for urban forestry. Investigations from the field to the experimental level and the approaches of monitoring and modeling allow one to implement the knowledge and potential of tree responses in a polluted environment. Moreover, species-specific properties (e.g., tolerance and/or bioindication capacity for specific contaminants) can help planners create an effective monitoring net in strategic urban or peri-urban areas or detect single contaminants in space and time.
Dr. Claudia Cocozza
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- Air, water and soil pollution
- Pollutant uptake
- Stress physiology
- Ecosystem services
- Urban forestry