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Special Issue "Forest Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Prof. Dr. Petros Ganatsas Website E-Mail
Laboratory of Silviculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, Faculty of Geotechnical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: biodiversity; forest ecology; forest conservation; silvicultural systems; ecosystem ecology; forest habitats; sustainable management of forest ecosystems
Forests demonstrate a high degree of biodiversity, being thought to comprise the most diverse ecosystems on land, as most of the terrestrial species in the world dwell there. Forest biodiversity is interlinked to a web of other socio-economic factors, providing an array of goods and services that range from timber and non-timber forest resources to mitigating climate change and conservation of genetic resources; therefore, it is innately linked to ecosystem and human well-being. However, forest biodiversity decrease is a crucial and ongoing environmental issue last decades. This Special Issue on Forest Biodiversity (FB) will include emerging issues for understanding FB and its conservation, such as ecological processes, disturbances, climate change and ecosystems resilience, structural complexity and ecosystem functions, ecological theories and silvicultural practices, and stability of FB. It will also include papers that focus on the indicators and methods for assessing and monitoring forest biodiversity, evaluation of practices, silvicultural treatments and management methods aiming at biodiversity conservation, conservation of forest biodiversity in protected areas, treatments of endangered or threaten forest habitats, and sustainable management of forest resources.
Prof. Dr. Petros Ganatsas
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Ecological processes and forest biodiversity
- Forest biodiversity, climate change and ecosystems resilience
- Indicators and methods for assessing and monitoring forest biodiversity
- Ecological theories and silvicultural practices
- Silvicultural treatments aiming at biodiversity conservation
- Methods for conservation of forest biodiversity in protected areas
- Structural complexity and ecosystem functions
- Treatments of endangered or threaten forest habitats
- Sustainable management of forest resources
- Conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Structural factors of ecosystems which affect resilience of distribution of endemic species to wildfires.
Author: Roberto Moreno Garcia
Abstract: This research explores the resilience to endemic birds of temperate forest fires, specifically Scerlochilus rubecula (Chucao), analyzing the conditions of habitats after the fires immediately and 2 years after the event, to determine which elements of the forest structure allow their recovery. For this purpose, exploratory statistical evaluations of spatial data were carried out and also evaluations based on Ripley's K spatial cluster analysis models, for determining the degree of clustering between the distances of the sampling locations. To identify the differences between the two sampling moments, two-way ANOVA variance analysis tests with interaction were performed. The results indicate that to recover its natural distribution canopy cover is the most significant parameter. In addition, certain distribution patterns were found in the studied area, marked by the proximity and continuity of ecosystems, a situation that confirms the risks that fragmentation of these ecosystems can generate for the conservation of endemic species and the need to generate restoration actions associated with a prompt recovery of canopy coverage
Title: Temporary analysis of the structure of Drimys winteri secondary forests originated from sites subjected to anthropogenic disturbances in the Andean Patagonia of southern Chile
Author: Roberto Moreno Garcia
Abstract: The origin and establishment of secondary forests greatly depends upon the interaction of the life history traits of the dominant species and the characteristics of the site. From the onset, these conditions will influence growth and development of the dominant species especially throughout the initial stages of succession. Initial site conditions over which secondary forest succession will begin are greatly influenced by the type of disturbance, natural or anthropogenic. Pioneer tree species that dominate the initial and intermediate stages of secondary succession are usually very well adapted to a suite of site conditions following large-scale or stand-replacing disturbances, but these different conditions may affect tree growth and stand density and structure. Given the above, the present study aims to analyze through time the structure of secondary forests of Drimys winteri that grew following clear-cutting of the original forest and following agricultural use. For this, two secondary forests without any previous management were identified, and in each stand, we analyzed the physical-chemical characteristics of the soil, apparent quality of the trees and their quantitative structure. These stands were established in the year 1990, and analyzed three times (years 1990, 2007 and 2017), i.e. when they were 30, 47 and 57 years old. Results showed that some significant differences between the stands occurred during the first stages of development. These results allow for differential early silvicultural treatments in these forests according to the origin of these forests.