Special Issue "The Ecology of Fine Roots and Mycorrhizas in Forests"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2020.
Interests: biodiversity and ecosystem function; the biology of roots and mycorrhizas; soil carbon dynamics; disturbance; nutrient uptake
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Fine roots and mycorrhizas play a key role in processes that occur in soils. They act as conduits of carbon transfer, from plants to soils, and as agents of nutrient acquisition and transport. The morphology of fine roots and the type and species identity of mycorrhizas strongly affect carbon transfer and nutrient acquisition. In addition, other processes, such as the exudation of organic acids and other compounds, and the release of extracellular enzymes, link roots and mycorrhizas to soil processes. Moreover, roots and mycorrhizas can alter the decomposition of organic matter by, for example, the exudation of fresh organics, known as the ‘priming effect’. Roots and mycorrhizas are also involved in soil formation, but are, in return, strongly influenced by soil properties. We encourage studies from all fields of root and mycorrhizal ecology, but particularly those which attempt to link the morphology of fine roots and the type and species identity of mycorrhizas to processes in soils.
Prof. Dr. Douglas Godbold
Dr. Hans Sandén
Dr. Mathias Mayer
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.
- Fine roots
- Carbon Sequestration
- Nutrient uptake
- Extracellular root enzymes
- Priming effect