Special Issue "Forest Tree Stress Biology: From Fundamental Research to Emerging Opportunities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gloria Pinto
Guest Editor
CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: plant physiology with focus on forest species; plant responses to global changes (abiotic and biotic); integrative approaches; tree stress physiology

Guest Editor
CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Forest trees stress physiology; Integration of physiological/biochemical and Omics data; Mitigation strategies to improve plant response to stress
Dr. Jorge Martin Garcia

Guest Editor
University of Valladolid and Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute, Spain.
Interests: plant pathology, with emphasis on alien invasive species; integration of omics data; biological control; practical solutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established at the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the European Forest-Based Sector for 2030 encompasses well-defined Global Forest Goals and Targets that highlight the need for sustainable forest management and improved forest resilience and adaptation. Stress is widely experienced by forest trees worldwide at several stages of their development. Forest Tree Physiology research is currently facing new challenges regarding the changing climate and emerging biotic threats. Investigations focused on understanding how important abiotic (e.g., fire, drought, wind, temperatures) and biotic (insects and pathogens) disturbance agents influence the main physiological mechanisms of forest tree species are required. These physiological studies will add new insights into tree survival and function and contribute to promote solutions to emergent societal needs and forest sustainability. Today, Plant Physiology is considered an integrative discipline that explores plant functioning at different levels of complexity, embracing the full range of technologies from cell to molecular biology. By linking the “classical” aspects of physiology to recent advances in forest molecular biology, new and exciting ideas about the mechanisms and key players behind tree stress response have been unveiled. The objective of this Special Issue in Forests is to summarize state-of-art knowledge on Forest Tree Stress Physiology by exploring all players involved in the stress response chain: from the drivers to the mechanisms involved in plant–environment interactions. Moreover, we would like to report if basic plant research discoveries are being translated into technologies or approaches that may improve forestry adaptation and surveillance—a vital issue in meeting the foreseen climate-related challenges. Review articles and original research papers in forest trees related with all forms of biotic and abiotic stress, including plant physiology approaches (from classical physiology to molecular techniques), are welcome.

Dr. Gloria Pinto
Dr. Joana Joana
Dr. Jorge Martin Garcia
Guest Editors

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.


  • adaptation
  • physiology
  • functional studies
  • plant–pathogen interactions
  • plant protection
  • selection
  • emergent biotic agents
  • environmental stress drivers
  • practical solutions
  • plant stress memory

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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