Special Issues

Forests runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Forest Pathogens and Diseases under Changing Climate
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 164
Keywords: forest diseases; new and invasive pathogens; fungal infections; changing climate; spread and control of forest diseases; abiotic factors; tree stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Health)
Using Genomic Information in Forest Tree Breeding, Restoration, and Conservation: Separating Hype from Reality
edited by , Glenn T. Howe and
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1631
Keywords: genomics; genomic selection; pedigree reconstruction; management of genetic diversity; inbreeding depression; resistance to pests and pathogens; genome-wide association studies (GWAS); gene/genome editing; biotechnology; climate change adaptation; assisted migration; tree improvement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Molecular Biology)
The Role and Value of Trees in Urban Landscapes submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 222
Keywords: global change; urban and periurban forests; regulating ecosystem services; green infrastructure; nature-based solutions; human health and wellbeing; air pollution; urban heat island; structural and functional plant biodiversity; remote sensing and GIS
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Forestry)
Wood-Based Products and Renewable Materials
edited by Arijit Sinha
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2061
Keywords: wood and wood-based composites; renewable material sector; novel composites; new mass timber products; durability attributes; timber engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Modern Techniques of the Technogenic Affected Areas Restoration: Approaches and Solutions submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2012
Keywords: forests ecosystems; land resource; restoration of degraded soil; sustainable management; carbon storage; green forest technology; wetlands forest; forest ecology; technogenic systems; biodiversity loss
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Cycling in Forests
edited by , , Yakov Kuzyakov, , and Wenhua Xiang
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1955
Keywords: carbon and nutrient cycling in forests; soil organic matter formation; soil organic matter transformation; carbon stabilization; dissolved organic carbon; microbial processes; SOM dynamics; forest plantations; fire-affected forests; pyrogenic carbon
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
The Role of Wood Gluing and Finishing Technologies in a Sustainable World submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 357
Keywords: sustainable development; ecological adhesive; ecological lacquer product; gluing; finishing; wood surface activation; wood modification; ecological wood-based materials; exotic wood species; energy saving technology; veneering; lamination; and edge-banding technology; waste-free technology; volatile organic compounds emission
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Economy and Sustainability of Agroforestry Ecosystems
edited by Niels Thevs and Martin Welp
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1046
Keywords: agroforestry; livelihoods; economic dimensions; resilience; social acceptance; agro-economy; scaling; implementation; finance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science)
Forests as Nature-Based Solutions: Ecosystem Services, Multiple Benefits and Trade-Offs
edited by and Giacomo Pallante
submission deadline 22 May 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 7343
Keywords: Climate change mitigation and adaptation; Air quality; Water quality; Recreation; Plant functional traits; Land-use planning; Forest management and restoration; Protected areas; Monetary valuation and accounting; Socio-economic benefits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science)
Stable Isotopes in Dendroecology submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1254
Keywords: wood; cellulose; nonstructural carbohydrates; dendroecology; stable isotope biogeochemistry; tree ecophysiology; ecology; compound-specific isotope analysis; climate change; multiproxy approaches; seasonal and millennial changes; extreme events
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
The Impact of Climate Change on Alpine Treelines and Vegetation Dynamics
edited by Pavel A. Moiseev
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2973
Keywords: mountain climate change; treeline pattern; trees regeneration; trees growth and physiology; carbon pools; nutrients cycling; biodiversity; drivers and constraints; treeline dynamics feedbacks; parametrizations and modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Forest Tree Responses and Adjustments to Abiotic Factors: Limitations and Potentials
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 334
Keywords: climate change; abiotic factor; ecophysiology; genomics; modelling; species
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecophysiology and Biology)
Silviculture and Management of Boreal Forests
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3845
Keywords: boreal forests; silviculture; sustainable management; resilience; climate change adaptation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Molecular Genetics of Forest Trees and Applications in Breeding, Conservation and Management of Genetic Resources
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 836
Keywords: molecular characterization of forest genetic resources; molecular signatures of adaptation; marker-based breeding strategies; molecular dissection of complex traits; life histories of forest trees and genetic lineages; unique or specific genes/alleles for better adaptation to climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Molecular Biology)
Biology and Control of Invasive Arthropods and Pathogens on Woody Species
edited by and Marian J. Giertych
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3528
Keywords: alien species; arthropod– pathogen interactions; best practice management; biological control; biology and ecology of pests and pathogens; dispersal modelling; ecological and economic impacts; introduced species; management tools; monitoring; natural enemies; new emerging and invasive species; outbreak; pest and disease management; plant defence; plant-insect interactions; population and community dynamics; risk assessment; tree pests; tree pathogens; tripartite interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecophysiology and Biology)
Performance Testing and Service Life of Wood and Wood-Based Materials submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1669
Keywords: performance testing; performance classification; service life prediction; service life planning; wood protection; monitoring; modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Forest Management, Hydrology and Biogeochemistry Modelling
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3445
Keywords: peatland forests; drainage; nutrient management; greenhouse gas emissions; nutrient export; ground water; stand growth and yield
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing)
Soil Chemistry and Biochemistry in Forests
edited by Jianping Wu, Jie Zhao and Songze Wan
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2417
Keywords: soil chemistry; soil colloid; soil food web; soil function; soil nutrients; soil water; soil biology; decomposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
Innovations in the Development of Sustainable Timber Products submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1143
Keywords: innovative processing and manufacturing technologies; wood waste reduction and waste utilisation; wood product performance in various environmental conditions; value-chain analysis for plantation wood products; engineered wood products; timber as a high-tech construction material; life cycle analysis; design for energy efficiency and durability; forest based bio-products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Plant–Soil Interactions in Karst Regions
edited by Hao Zhang and Wei Zhang
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2011
Keywords: karst plants; nutrient limit; drought stress; plant– microbe interactions; functional traits; community succession
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
Fungal Diversity in Forest Ecosystems
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3629
Keywords: fungal diversity; macrofungi in forests; phylogeny; systematics; fungal ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecophysiology and Biology)
Material Cycle of Forest Ecosystems
edited by Hyun-Jun Kim
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 208
Keywords: material cycle; disturbances; carbon sequestration; nitrogen and phosphorous nutrition; ecosystem services; silviculture; decomposition; forest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
The Environmental Impact Assessment of the Forestry and Forest Products
edited by Jānis Brizga and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3617
Keywords: life cycle assessment; environmental impacts; forest carbon cycle; forest products; supply chains; biodiversity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Advanced Applications of UAV Remote Sensing in Forest Structure
edited by Liyong Fu, and Hua Sun
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 983
Keywords: forest modeling; forest inventory; forest management; forest carbon sequestration; forest dynamic monitoring; airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR); forest structure; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing)
Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in Forests under Climate Change submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 729
Keywords: nutrient cycling; carbon sequestration; climate change; forests
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Urban Open Space Conservation: Advances, Perspectives and Contribution in Enhancing Urban Sustainability
edited by Lorenzo Sallustio, and
submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 389
Keywords: urban area; urban forest; green infrastructure; vacant land; ecosystem services; urban planning; land cover change; land change monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Forestry)
Detection and Analysis of Forest Pathogens
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 923
Keywords: real-time PCR; LAMP; digital PCR; specificity; sensitivity; early detection; necrosis; rot; canker; blight; wilting; dieback; decline; defoliation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Health)
Biological Control in Forests Protection submission deadline 3 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4699
Keywords: BCA; forest trees; pathogens; insects; nematodes; genetic engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Health)
Effects of Forest Management Practices on Bat Habitat and Community Structure
edited by Susan C. Loeb and Roger W. Perry
submission deadline 3 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3120
Keywords: bats; Chiroptera; forest management; silviculture; prescribed fire; thinning; harvesting; roosts; foraging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Electronics, Close-Range Sensors and Artificial Intelligence in Forestry
edited by , , Robert Keefe and
submission deadline 12 Jun 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9484
Keywords: forest operations; productivity; ergonomics; environmental impact assessment; close-range; sensors; big data; virtual reality; teleoperation; automation; artificial intelligence; forestry 4.0
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing)
The Ecology of Fine Roots across Forest Biomes submission deadline 12 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1512
Keywords: fine roots; seasonal pattern; decomposition; starch; carbon storage; rhizosphere; microbial community; exudate profiling; secondary metabolites; CO2 emission; forest biome; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecophysiology and Biology)
Carbon Fluxes and Production in Forest Ecosystems
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 718
Keywords: ecosystem productivity; plant photosynthesis; carbon allocation; litter fall and decomposition; soil organic matter; ecosystem respiration; soil respiration; carbon sequestration; management practices; global change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Chemistry and Applications of Lignocellulosic Materials submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1679
Keywords: wood; bark; lignocellulosic biomass; chemistry; structure; cellulose; lignin; hemicelluloses; extractives; fine chemicals; decomposition; nanocrystalline cellulose; nanofibrillated cellulose; nanolignin; advanced methods; characterization; application; bionanocomposites; biopolymers; biodegradable
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Wood Growth and Structure
edited by Kei'ichi Baba
submission deadline 17 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1964
Keywords: cambium; xylem; annual ring; annual cycle; dormancy; environment; tissue structure; gene expression; circadian rhythms; cell wall
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Wood Extracts and By-Products: Formation, Significance, and Technological and Biological Applications submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1632
Keywords: wood and lignocellulosic materials; biorefinery and applications; secondary metabolite isolation; analytic techniques; antioxidant capacity; biological activity; wood modification; extractives and wood industry; sustainable products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
Carbon and Nutrient Transfer via Above and Belowground Litter in Forests
edited by , Zhenfeng Xu and
submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2775
Keywords: forest litterfall; carbon sequestration; nutrient cycling; litter decomposition; litter humification; soil organic matter
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
Advances in Monitoring and Assessment of Forest Carbon Storage
edited by and Yifu Wang
submission deadline 24 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1693
Keywords: forest biomass carbon; forest growth; site conditions; allometric growth equation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing)
Responses of Forest Ecosystems to Climate Change submission deadline 24 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 741
Keywords: forest; climate change; adaptation; biotic interactions; biodiversity; ecogenomic; functional ecology; net productivity; biogeochemical cycle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Meteorology)
Carbon-Water Relationships of the Forest Ecosystem under a Changing Climate
edited by Hongyan Liu
submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 6905
Keywords: carbon assimilation; water consumption; ecohydrology; ecosystem service; drought resilience; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Hydrology)
The Dynamic Interaction between People and Forest Ecosystems
edited by and Amanda Sorensen
submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 5995
Keywords: natural resources; community forestry; forest policy; forest economics; environmental justice; wellness; climate change; anthropomorphic; appreciation; biodiversity; ecosystem services; greenspace use; public; citizen science
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science)
Biogeochemical Cycling in Forest Ecosystems
edited by and Michail Orfanoudakis
submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3251
Keywords: biogeochemistry; forests; elemental cycles; soil; climate change; nitrogen; phosphorus; carbon; micronutrients
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
Tree Stability and Tree Risk Analysis
edited by Brian Kane
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3707
Keywords: arboriculture; likelihood of target impact; ikelihood of tree failure; pruning; risk mitigation; risk tolerance; severity of consequences of tree failure and impact; support system installation; tree risk analysis; tree risk assessment; tree risk evaluation; tree risk management; tree stability; urban forestry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Forestry)
Biomass Estimation and Carbon Stocks in Forest Ecosystems submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 773
Keywords: biomass allocation; allometric equations; growth models; biomass expansion factors; remote sensing; bioenergy; carbon and nutrient storage; ecosystem biodiversity; soil productivity; forest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Forest Restoration and Secondary Succession
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 5206
Keywords: forest restoration approaches; indicators of restoration success; cost of restoration; succession trajectories; ecosystem services accrued from forest restoration; carbon sequestration and forest restoration; policy and governance related to forest restoration; secondary succession in logged over areas
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Spatial Decision Support for Forest Management
edited by Michael P. Strager
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1647
Keywords: Spatial decision support; Trade-off analysis; Optimization; Alternative futures; Water resources planning; Ecosystem services; Forest management; Multi-use planning; Spatial data science; Data analytics; Machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Plant Effects on Soil Carbon Stabilization in Forests: Patterns, Processes and Mechanisms
edited by Liming Yin, Peng Wang and Maire Holz
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1480
Keywords: soil carbon stabilization; plant community composition; soil biota; soil physical protection; litter decomposition; aboveground– belowground interactions; forest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Soil)
Forest Soil–Plant–Microorganisms Interactions
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3766
Keywords: soil structure; microbial diversity; plant-associated microorganisms; root exudation; litter and deadwood decomposition; biogeochemical cycles; greenhouse gas emission
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Climate Change Effect on Mixed-Species Forest Management
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5058
Keywords: climate-smart forestry; adaptive silviculture; regeneration methods; natural and artificial regeneration; intermediate treatments; silvicultural prescription; mixed forests performance; conversion methods; mixed-species forest growth models; inter-specific relationship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Waterlogged Archaeological Woods
edited by and Adya P. Singh
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3006
Keywords: degradation modes; physical and mechanical changes; lignin alteration; abiotic degradation of wood polymers under long-term waterlogged circumstances; burial environments; identification of microbiota using NGS; marin borers; emerging impregnation agents; exhibition of WAW under climate changes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Wood Science and Forest Products)
New Knowledge in Dragon Tree Research
edited by , Kay Van Damme and Fabio Attorre
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 258
Keywords: dragon tree group; taxonomy; evolution; morphology; anatomy; eco-physiology; growth; inventory; ecology; ethnobotany; resin; species specific relationships; nature conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
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