Special Issue "Impacts of Climate Change on Plant Water Use, Carbon Balance, Nutrient Economy, and Their Interactions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 17423
Interests: plant stress physiology; climate change; crop physiology; plant hydraulics; regional hydrology; drought; sustainability science; ecophysiology
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Special Issue in Water: Water Management of Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems under Climate Change
The anthropogenic global climate change includes not only rising air temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations, but also increasing climate variabilities and extremes. All these aspects associated with climate change will significantly affect plant, ecosystem, and regional level physical/physiological processes. Among a variety of physiological processes, water use/circulation, carbon balance/cycle, and nutrient economy are the major ones that are sensitive to climate change and important to plant/ecosystem functioning. How these processes can adapt to relatively quick changes in climate conditions and increased climate variability is among the most important questions in global change biology. Further, these physical and physiological processes are linked with each other, and their interactions are also responding to climate change. For instance, plant nutrient absorption can be facilitated by transpiration-driven water mass flow from the bulk of the soil to the rhizosphere. Nutrient translocation in plants also depends on the water flow. Rising temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations will influence plant stomatal conductance and water use, and, consequently, affect plant nutrient absorption and translocation. Meanwhile, alternations in water use and nutrient absorption will also result in changes in photosynthetic capacity and carbon assimilation. Investigations of these different processes and their interactions under climate change are necessary to gain a synthesized view of plant–environment interactions. This information is fundamental for predicting the future of natural and agricultural systems and for developing sustainable natural resource management strategies.
This Special Issue aims to gather high-quality papers emphasizing climate change effects on plant water use, carbon balance, nutrient economy, and their interactions at different scales. Submitted contributions will go through a peer-review process performed by independent reviewers. Original case studies and review papers are invited for publication in this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. YongJiang Zhang
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- climate change
- global warming
- elevated CO2
- drought, climate variability
- water relations
- nutrient accumulation
- carbon assimilation
- ecosystem water cycle