Special Issue "Health and Fitness of Amenity Trees in Urban Landscapes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lucio Montecchio
Guest Editor
University of Padova, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, viale dell’Università 16, I-35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: trees fitness; forest pathology; amenity trees pathology; host-parasite relationships; epidemiology; pest risk analysis and management; tree care
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The health of forest trees planted in our cities is dependent on the species’ ability to adjust to its environment, and on the scientific knowledge of the heterogeneous community of tree technicians involved, from design to late-stage management. For instance, infected but still asymptomatic nursery stocks are known to vector harmful pests and parasites, quickly spreading without competition. Inadequate availability of water, nutrients and symbionts predispose trees to decline, increasing their susceptibility to root rotters and compromising trees’ stability. Pruning is widely considered an answer to lack of space at maturity, overlooking the consequent infections by wood decayers responsible for branch failures.

This Special Issue of Forests will be a scientific compendium on the health of amenity trees in urban landscapes, with particular emphasis on trees and soil ecology, mutualistic and endophytic relationships, native and alien pests and paratites, diagnostics, epidemiology, IPM, genetic selection, monitoring, statistics and forecasting models, biosecurity, pest risk assessment and management, and tree stability. Studies dealing with both nursery and tree care practices on the ability of amenity trees to sustain stressful conditions are also welcome.

Dr. Lucio Montecchio
Guest Editor

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.


  • urban ecology
  • tree care
  • phytopathology
  • entomology
  • biosecurity

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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