1.01.10 - Ecology and silviculture of pine

UNIT NOTICEBOARD

2020-10-20

Call for Submissions - Special Issue "Modelling and Managing the Dynamics of Pine Forests"

Pine forests are widely represented around the world, and play important ecological and economic roles. Climate change might affect pine forest dynamics and the management of these forests. Additionally, changing policies and the diversification of primary uses (sawmill, pellets, panels, pulp and paper, among others) lead to different silvicultural regimes. With this Special Issue, researchers are invited to present the results of their studies on the dynamics of pine forests (regeneration, growth, and mortality), on statistical models which describe those dynamics, or on the silvicultural guidelines for distinct management purposes (timber, biomass, energy, carbon). The submitted papers can focus on factors which influence the natural regeneration process failures such as water stress, soil degradation after fire, and site factors. Papers about the dynamics of seedling growth, tree or stand development, or mortality associated with tree competition or driven by external factors are also welcome. 

With this Special Issue, we hope to discuss the latest research and compile bibliographic reviews about the natural dynamics of pine forests, models describing those dynamics or supportive of silvicultural guidelines, and to identify adaptive management measures to deal with challenging conditions in pine forests of different species around the area of distribution.

This special issue is sponsored by IUFRO research unit 1.01.10 - Ecology and silviculture of pine.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  20 December 2020.
Detailshttps://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/pine_forests

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About Unit

The working scope of this Unit is the research and promotion of Ecology and Silviculture of pine species studies. This Unit aims to promote the international cooperation in scientific studies embracing the whole field of research related to ecology and silviculture of pine forests and trees for the sustainability of the forest ecosystems and for the well-being of people that depend on them.

Our immediate plans are:
To divulgate the research that is being done on Ecology and Silviculture of Pine species. This will be pursued throughout the Unit web page, the Unit newsletter and the promotion of scientific and technical reunions.

To prepare an international meeting on pine ecology and silviculture that permits to synthesize the state-of-art of research and to identify the major drawbacks of science knowledge.

To promote the divulgation of national meetings and other events focused to the specific issues of pine ecossystems ecology or pine forests silviculture via the IUFRO web page. Whenever possible, to sponsor the events.


State of Knowledge

Pine forests mostly occupy the higher latitude regions of the northern hemisphere, as well as high altitude zones and some warm temperate areas, especially on unfavorable soils. Pines have been introduced in subtropical and temperate portions of the Southern Hemisphere, where they are grown widely as a source of timber. Changing policies lead to different silvicultural regimes.  Significant changes have occurred within the last 200 years as industrialized nations shifted from a biomass energy economy to fossil fuels. Further changes are likely to occur due to global change both climatic and social. Changing policies for agriculture and nature conservation in industrialized countries provide incentives for land use shifts from agriculture to forest.