Special Issue "Tree Hybridization, Evolution and Sustainable Forestry Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Alfred Edward Szmidt
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0385, Japan
Interests: population genetics, evolution, molecular ecology, phylogeny, molecular systematics, sustainability of forest ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Developments in molecular biology during the past three decades, especially in molecular genetics, have provided new tools to study the significance of interspecific hybridization in plant and animal kingdoms.

In the past, interspecific hybridization has been regarded as an evolutionary noise, which has little impact on the sustainability of forest ecosystems. This was because earlier inferences about its significance were limited to studies of quantitative characters, which are affected by environment, and therefore cannot yield unambiguous information about the true identity of the interspecific hybrids.

Using these new developments, it has become possible to demonstrate that interspecific hybridization can play a profound role in the evolution and adaptation of tree species and the sustainability of forest ecosystems. Among others, it can affect adaptation of the existing species as well as the rise of new uniquely adapted ones, able of conquering new habitats. Apart from being a driving force in the evolution and adaptation it can also play a negative role such as causing extinction of native species.

It has therefore become imperative to promote studies devoted to unraveling evolutionary and ecological consequences of interspecific hybridization in forest trees.

This Special Issue is meant to provide new findings relevant to the issues described above.

Prof. Alfred Edward Szmidt
Guest Editor

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  • natural hybridization
  • forest sustainability
  • population genetics
  • evolution
  • speciation
  • invasive species
  • ecosystem change

Published Papers

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