Special Issue "Role of Gap Factors in Forest Tree Regeneration and Plant Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2020).
Interests: silviculture; forest structure and composition; ground-layer plant diversity
Interests: silviculture; forest ecology; restoration post disturbance
Interests: forest ecology and silviculture
Gap-based silvicultural systems are posed as highly versatile and adaptive compared to other silvicultural systems. These systems prescribe harvest-created gaps to mimic small and partial canopy disturbances and to regenerate shade intolerant species in closed canopy forests. However, many factors complicate the outcomes of harvest gaps and their implementation to managing mixed species and multi-aged stands.
Past research has focused on gap-size relationships to tree regeneration, plant architecture, and plant community diversity. The results are varied and highlight the influence of gap characteristics, plant traits, microclimate, soil moisture, and biotic influences within gaps. More studies are needed to further refine these interactions by ecosystem and region to advance gap-based management.
Further, new studies are needed on functional relationships and belowground processes within gaps. Novel studies are needed on gaps as small-scale plantings for new ecotypes/species for anticipated climate change. Applied studies are needed to translate existing knowledge into applications, such as forest-canopy composition and heterogeneity to stand-scale prescriptions (e.g., using LiDAR). Implementation studies are needed to execute research results into operations.
Overall, with this Special Issue, the new knowledge on the context of gaps and their application will advance the knowledge and the practice of sustainable forest management.
Dr. Christel C. Kern
Dr. Jurij Diaci
Dr. Jiaojun Zhu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- group selection
- canopy structure
- mode of regeneration
- functional diversity
- trophic interactions
- competitive relationships
- belowground processes
- stand development