Special Issue "Integrated Management and Innovative Practices for Invasive Tree Pathogens"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kateryna Davydenko
Guest Editor
(1) Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Almas Allé 8, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
(2) Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry & Forest Melioration , 86 Pushkinska St., 61024 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Interests: forest pathology; forest health and forest protection; tree devastating insects and vectored microorganismsbiology and control of invasive tree pests and pathogens; pests and diseases in forest nurseries and afforestations
Dr. Ari M. Hietala
Guest Editor
Department of Fungal Forest and Crop Plant Diseases, Division of Plant Health and Biotechnology, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Pb. 115, NO-1431 As, Norway
Interests: basic research on ecology; genetics; infection biology and impact of fungi pathogenic to trees; research and development to facilitate economically sustainable forest management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest ecosystems throughout the world are increasingly affected by changing climate, international trade and transport systems. Growing global trade has facilitated the introduction of numerous new tree pathogens into new regions.  The focus in a lot of forest research is on modern mechanisms for prevention and management of potential invasions of forest pathogens as well as mitigating the impact of invasive pathogens within forest ecosystems.

Less knowledge is available on the biological and chemical control of invasive pathogens. The prevention and control of new invasions is a promising tool to improve forest health in the face of increased climate warming. The emergence of a new invasive forest pathogen appears to demand resources for developing countermeasures, such as breeding resistance programs, development of fungicide, and biocontrol agents. Therefore, there is an urgent need to introduce and synthesize the information that illustrates the impacts of invasions of tree pathogens, their biology, forest management, control measures and their interactions, as well as methods to predict, assess and mitigate these impacts.

This Special Issue welcomes studies that consider the recent advances in the development of different measures to prevent the entry and expansion of invasive forest pathogens including their biology, monitoring, epidemiology, ecology, diagnostics, and disease management and control. Thus, this Special Issue promotes the dissemination of knowledge in forest protection for the preservation of diversity and resilience of forest ecosystems. Studies conducted in forests and laboratories, as well as theoretical approaches and literature reviews, are of interest. We encourage studies from broad research topics related to invasive forest pathogens.

Dr. Kateryna Davydenko
Dr. Ari M. Hietala
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • invasive pathogens
  • disease outbreaks
  • forest health
  • forest biodiversity
  • tree pathogens
  • disease management
  • biocontrol
  • fungicide
  • natural enemies
  • tree–pathogen interactions
  • climate change
  • forest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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