Special Issue "The Forest Renewal Issue: New Problems and Findings in the Establishment of Tree Regeneration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: Forest ecology and management; Disturbance ecology; Post-disturbance vegetation dynamics; Spatial analysis; LiDAR data and UAV applications in forestry
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Tree regeneration is key to sustainable forestry. Dealing with stand renewal has always been of crucial relevance in forest management since it is the first stage in all silvicultural systems, actually named after their respective regeneration methods. Not only in regular forest management, the regeneration issue is also very important in post-disturbance restoration dynamics and management and whenever forest ecosystem rehabilitation is involved.
Defining the most suitable species, type of material (i.e. bare root or container seedlings, seeds, cuttings), timing and planting arrangement in afforestation, or understanding the processes and mechanisms that influence natural tree seedlings establishment (e.g. seed dispersal, predation, microsite characteristics) and survivorships (e.g. herbivory, competition and facilitation) are among the most actively investigated topics in forestry.
New approaches and investigations are still needed to counteract old and new problems (e.g. ungulate pressure, climate change) related to this issue and the possible consequences of their interactions. Future forest generations rely on our ability to respond promptly to this challenge, finding effective solutions and practices to adapt to continuously changing environments.
We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental and multidisciplinary investigations, focusing on tree regeneration, both natural and artificial, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge on regeneration processes and dynamics, and to implement sustainable forest management, enhancing ecosystem resilience.
Prof. Dr. Emanuele Lingua
Prof. Dr. Raffaella Marzano
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.
- Regeneration structure
- Forest restoration
- Forest establishment
- Early stand dynamics
- Forest management
- Land use policies
- Seed dispersal and predation