Plants in Urban Landscapes (Environments)

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2025 | Viewed by 280

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Centro de Investigação LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (School of Agriculture), Universidade de Lisboa (University of Lisbon), Tapada da Ajuda, 1340-017 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: phytosociology; herbarium; plant ecology; ethnobotany; ornamental plants; conservation biology; medicinal plants and herbs; biodiversity and conservation; invasive species; horticulture

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Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Professor Baeta Neves (CEABN/ InBIO), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (School of Agriculture), Universidade de Lisboa (University of Lisbon), Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: landscape architecture; ornamental plants; biodiversity & conservation; urban forest; ecosystem services; botanical gardens; urban planning

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Research Center LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food), Associate Laboratory TERRA, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: evapotranspiration; plant water requirements; irrigation; deficit irrigation; plant water stress; green infrastructure water management
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Dear Colleagues,

Natural and planted vegetation play a very important role as source of various ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration and biodiversity. The accumulation of garbage of various kinds, in the vicinity of houses or their rubble or ruins, on the walls and roofs of old houses, on the edges of pavements sidewalks, provide a large amount of nutrients, favouring the occurrence of nitrophilous vegetation. This type of vegetation is not considered to be of conservation value, but it may have other functions that need to be discussed. In the most thermophilic places, perennial nitrophilous communities of neophytes are becoming more and more frequent, so what role do these plants play in cities? Urban kitchen gardens are becoming more and more common not only on the outskirts of urban centres, but also inside them, often reduced to spaces such as balconies and terraces. Will the food grown there be of good quality? How can terrace gardening be done? And will the so-called weeds be of any use? Gardens, including botanical gardens most of which exist in cities, contribute greatly to air quality, plant education and biodiversity conservation. It is interesting, for ex., to know what plants were or are present in the gardens and how the collections evolved, as well as which world regions were represented. These are just a few of the examples of the role of plants in urban centres, among others that should be addressed, but which must reach inhabitants and users, as well as producers and decision-makers, in a scientifically proven way, through the articles accepted for publication in this volume dedicated to plants in urban environments.

Dr. Maria Dalila D.E. Espírito-Santo
Dr. Ana Luísa Soares
Dr. Teresa Afonso do Paço
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  • urban vegetation
  • biodiversity conservation
  • urban environments
  • botanical gardens
  • planted vegetation
  • natural vegetation
  • plant ecology

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