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Call for Contributions: Special Issue: Plant-soil interactions in forests: Effects of management, disturbances and climate
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Soil Biology and Biochemistry'.
This special issue will bring together studies that provide mechanistic and quantitative knowledge and perspectives on plant and soil interactions, that are related to soil organic carbon and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems. The formation of soil organic matter, physical (aggregation) and chemical protection, and nutrient cycling, are largely affected and modulated by plant species traits, diversity, and their interactive effects with root exudation, root-associated microorganisms, and litter quality, especially at the rhizosphere and litter-soil interface. However, our understanding of these processes is still limited and those variations in plant traits, especially root traits, that have the strongest potential to influence soil processes, as well as their interactions with soil organisms, remains largely unexplored. Furthermore, these processes and their interactions face modification or decoupling under the impacts of management practices, disturbances, and environmental change. For example, extreme weather events, including drought, heat and freezing, and species gains and losses that are a consequence of climate change, may affect above- and below- ground biota differently. Therefore, decoupling likely occurs, exerting significant impacts on carbon and nutrient cycles. We require an improved understanding of how belowground processes vary mechanistically across spatial and temporal scales, and how potential feedbacks to external factors, including management practices, disturbances, and climate, are affected. In-depth understanding is essential for increasing accuracy of terrestrial biogeochemical and dynamic vegetation models, which are often limited by inadequate integration of key belowground processes. This special issue focusing on plant-soil interactions related to soil organic carbon and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems, and the potential feedbacks under impacts of management, disturbances and climate change, aims to narrow down the role of plant and soil interactions in shaping soil organic carbon and nutrient cycling. We invite submissions on recent findings, methodological breakthroughs and challenges, and innovative concepts for inspiring discussions on plant-soil interactions in artificial or natural forest ecosystems in a variety of biomes.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 April 2021
Guest editors: Junwei Luan, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan; Shirong Liu, Chinese Academy of Forestry; Andreas Schindlbacher, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Austria; Cindy Prescott, University of British Columbia; Alexia Stokes, French National Research Institute for Food, Agriculture and Environment; Joann Whalen, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University