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Special Issue "Impacts of Complex Forest Structures on Tree Regeneration"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mike A. Battaglia

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526, United States.
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Interests: tree regeneration; uneven-aged silviculture; forest resilience; adaptation strategies; forest stand dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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  • tree regeneration
  • uneven-aged silviculture
  • complex forest structure
  • seedling growth
  • natural disturbance

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Open AccessArticle Effects of Topography on Tree Community Structure in a Deciduous Broad-Leaved Forest in North-Central China
Forests 2019, 10(1), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10010053
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 2 January 2019 / Accepted: 8 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
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Topography strongly influences the compositional structure of tree communities and plays a fundamental role in classifying habitats. Here, data of topography and 16 dominant tree species abundance were collected in a fully mapped 25-ha forest plot in the Qinling Mountains of north-central China. [...] Read more.
Topography strongly influences the compositional structure of tree communities and plays a fundamental role in classifying habitats. Here, data of topography and 16 dominant tree species abundance were collected in a fully mapped 25-ha forest plot in the Qinling Mountains of north-central China. Multivariate regression trees (MRT) were used to categorize the habitats, and habitat associations were examined using the torus-translation test. The relative contributions of topographic and spatial variables to the total community structure were also examined by variation partitioning. The results showed the inconsistency in association of species with habitats across life stages with a few exceptions. Topographic variables [a + b] explained 11% and 19% of total variance at adult and juvenile stage, respectively. In contrast, spatial factors alone [c] explained more variation than topographic factors, revealing strong seed dispersal limitation in species composition in the 25-ha forest plot. Thus, the inconsistent associations of species and habitats coupled with high portion of variation of species composition explained by topographic and spatial factors might suggest that niche process and dispersal limitation had potential influences on species assemblage in the deciduous broad-leaved forest in north-central China. Full article
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