Special Issue "Forest Soil Microbe and Biogeochemical Cycling: Biogeochemical Processes in Forest Soils"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 April 2017)
Dr. Roberta Pastorelli
Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA) Research Centre for Agrobiology and Pedology (CREA-ABP) Via di Lanciola 12 50125 Firenze, Italy
Dr. Alberto Agnelli
Università di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali, Unità di Pedologia Borgo XX Giugno 74, 06121 Perugia
Biotic control of organic matter cycling is key in forest ecosystems: Energy flux through microbial biomass is the driving force for the decomposition of residue and detritus material and determines the direction and magnitude of carbon and nitrogen transformation.
Microbial processes transferring matter from a pool to another can determine whether the system is building or depleting organic matter pools, with implications for climate change mitigation potential of forest ecosystems.
Forest management and climate changes may strongly affect the components and mechanisms (i.e., organic carbon pools and their decomposition) driving biogeochemical cycling, thus more information are needed to understand and improve the general responses of forest ecosystems.
A comprehensive view of interrelated feedbacks among biological, chemical and physical processes, including the role of microbial populations and processes has rarely been completely addressed. Moreover, in spite of several studies on carbon storage and CO2 emissions, a lack of information still exist on the magnitude of CH4 and N2O fluxes from forest soils and the role of microbial communities involved in green-house gas production.
We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring approaches and theoretical models, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge and strategies on forest ecosystems.
Dr. Alessandra Lagomarsino
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- Green-house gas emissions
- Organic matter decomposition
- Microbial composition
- Soil functionality
- Carbon Sequestration
- Climate change mitigation
- Climate change adaptation
- Forest Management
- Carbon pools