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Special Issue "Oak Forests under Global Change"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Kuehne

School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469, USA
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Interests: forest regeneration dynamics, forest growth and yield modeling, management of oak forests, close-to-nature forest management, forest structure, management of mixed-species forests, ecological forestry
Guest Editor
Dr. Somidh Saha

Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Unit “Ecology and Silviculture of Oak”Research Group “Sustainability and Environment”, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlstr. 11, D-76133, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Interests: regeneration ecology, forest restoration, trade-offs in sustainable forest management, oak forest management and conservation, forest bioenergy, urban forestry and ecology, tropical forestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Oak trees and forests have played a major role in human live and culture for millennia. As a result of research efforts on anthropogenic global environmental change, ecological importance and socio-economic significance of oak forests are increasingly realized and studied. Oak dominated forest ecosystems are supposed to extend their distribution due to suitable habitat change and natural migration in some regions while oak cover has been increasing due to afforestation and reforestation activities in others. At the same time, health and vigor of existing oak forest stands are negatively affected by a myriad of threats such as extreme weather events, mass propagation of pests, air pollution and atmospheric depositions, as well as introduction of exotic pathogens and invasive species. This special issue aims at providing new insights on issues related to the provision of ecosystem services from oak forests affected by global change. We invite manuscripts that cover topics including but not limited to forest ecology, eco-physiology, forest management, restoration and biodiversity conservation, forest pathology, and genetics.

Dr. Christian Kuehne
Dr. Somidh Saha
Guest Editors

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  • Climate change
  • Environmental stresses
  • Introduced species
  • Atmospheric depositions
  • Forest restoration
  • Forest pathology
  • Forest management
  • Oak decline

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Open AccessArticle Effects of Stand Age on Biomass Allocation and Allometry of Quercus Acutissima in the Central Loess Plateau of China
Forests 2019, 10(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10010041
Received: 24 November 2018 / Revised: 22 December 2018 / Accepted: 30 December 2018 / Published: 9 January 2019
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We studied the effects of stand age on allocation and equation fitting of aboveground and below-ground biomass in four Quercus acutissima stands (14, 31, 46, and 63 years old) in the Central Loess Plateau of China. The stem wood, stem bark, branch, foliage, [...] Read more.
We studied the effects of stand age on allocation and equation fitting of aboveground and below-ground biomass in four Quercus acutissima stands (14, 31, 46, and 63 years old) in the Central Loess Plateau of China. The stem wood, stem bark, branch, foliage, and belowground biomass of each of the 20 destructive harvesting trees were quantified. The mean total biomass of each tree was 28.8, 106.8, 380.6, and 603.4 kg/tree in the 14-, 31-, 46-, and 63-year-old stands, respectively. Aboveground biomass accounted for 72.25%, 73.05%, 76.14%, and 80.37% of the total tree biomass in the 14-, 31-, 46-, and 63-year-old stands, respectively, and stem wood was the major component of tree biomass. The proportion of stem (with bark) biomass to total tree biomass increased with stand age while the proportions of branch, foliage, and belowground biomass to total tree biomass decreased with stand age. The ratio of belowground biomass to aboveground biomass decreased from 0.39 in the 14-year-old stand to 0.37, 0.31, and 0.24 in the 31-, 46-, and 63-year-old stands, respectively. Age-specific biomass equations in each stand were developed for stem wood, stem bark, aboveground, and total tree. The inclusion of tree height as a second variable improved the total tree biomass equation fitting for middle-aged (31-year-old and 46-year-old) stands but not young (14 years old) and mature (63 years old) stands. Moreover, biomass conversion and expansion factors (BCEFs) varied with stand age, showing a decreasing trend with increasing stand age. These results indicate that stand age alters the biomass allocation of Q. acutissima and results in age-specific allometric biomass equations and BCEFs. Therefore, to obtain accurate estimates of Q. acutissima forest biomass and carbon stocks, age-specific changes need to be considered. Full article
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