Special Issue "Impacts of Complex Forest Structures on Tree Regeneration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2019
In many forested systems, disturbances create structurally complex forests. Whether through natural processes or silvicultural actions, the frequency and severity of the disturbance results in a variation in stand spatial structure and available resources for subsequent tree regeneration. Variability in forest structures results in changes in understory light environments, moisture and nutrient availability, and temperature. Each of these abiotic factors influences the success of tree regeneration, both in density and species composition. Understanding the dynamics of seedling establishment and growth in relation to overstory structure is an important first step in the management of these complex forest structures.
This Special Issue of Forests is focused on the effect that complex forest structure has on the establishment and growth of tree regeneration. Research articles should focus on the establishment and/or growth of tree seedlings in response to natural or anthropogenic disturbances that create forests with horizontal and vertical complexity. Studies that describe silvicultural techniques to facilitate tree regeneration in uneven-aged systems and/or quantify the abiotic conditions created by complex forest structure and describe the mechanisms related to successful regeneration are encouraged.
Dr. Mike A. Battaglia
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.
- tree regeneration
- uneven-aged silviculture
- complex forest structure
- seedling growth
- natural disturbance