Special Issue "Tree Regeneration-Soil Relationships"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 September 2024 | Viewed by 215

Special Issue Editor

Biology and Forestry, The Pennsylvania State University—DuBois Campus, DuBois, PA, USA
Interests: forest management; forest ecology; plant ecology; natural resource management; biodiversity; vegetation; landscape ecology; conservation; conservation biology; community ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural regeneration in urban forests faces both biotic and abiotic challenges. The biotic challenges, people and herbivores, can be controlled by managing access to the forests. The abiotic challenges, especially air pollution and urban climate, have their most profound effects on the soil–tree relationships. The presence of natural regeneration trees is strongly related to the soil environment but can be largely influenced by human disturbances including soil compaction due to human trampling and chemical pollution. Although soil management techniques can reduce soil compaction, it is far more difficult to reduce the level of chemicals introduced to the soils from fossil fuels combustion. Little explored basic questions include relationships between the urban soil structure, which is often modified by people, and seedling populations of forest canopy tree species. How do the chemicals accumulating in soils from air pollution relate to seedling populations? How does the relatively hot urban climate effect the soil moisture natural regeneration relationship? Do soil conditions decrease the success rate of seed establishment by enhancing the success of seed consumers? Do urban soils favor the establishment of invasive species over native species? How does the soil microbial community relate to natural regeneration in the urban forest? What management techniques can urban forest stewards utilize to address urban forest soil challenges to enhance the natural regeneration of canopy trees?

The Special Issue aims at covering the state of the art in urban forest natural regeneration, responses of seedlings and saplings to various urban forest soil conditions, including interactions with invasive plant species, large animal herbivory and seed predation. Research articles and review articles of relevant practices on the topics are welcome.

Dr. Robert E. Loeb
Guest Editor

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  • urban forest ecology
  • urban natural areas conservation
  • tree natural regeneration
  • urban forest soils
  • forest resource management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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