8.00.00 - Forest Environment



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

Details: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/soil-biology-and-biochemistry/call-for-papers/plant-soil-interactions-in-forests-effects-of-management

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Sandra S. Luque, France


Anna Barbati, Italy

Elena Paoletti, Italy

Alexia Stokes, France

About Unit

Environment is a major concern for all stake-holders involved in forest management and planning, including conservation of forested areas. As much as possible, management and conservation practises should rely on a sound ecological basis, provided by biological sciences such as ecology of vegetation communities, ecology of forest communities, including wildlife, soil sciences, landscape ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, and physical environment. A key process as well is a deeper understanding of hazards and disturbances which could affect forest dynamics, such as fire, climate change, pollution and winds.

Division 8 activities aim at providing a platform and a network for scientific progress and exchange on all those subjects, through organization of meetings, symposiums, electronic conferences, state of the art reports, etc. An important effort is to link the efforts maturing in forest science communities with those parallel for more global problems, such as global change and biodiversity. All forested bioma of the world, including boreal, temperate, Mediterranean, tropical humid and tropical dry forest are taken in consideration. Connections with Divisions and Task Forces dealing with complementary topics such as silviculture, physiology, genetics, forest operations, modelling, wood products, social sciences and forest health are ALSO at the core of the activity of D8.

Activities and events Unit 8.00.00

Upcoming 3 events

2021-04-14Webinar on "Forests in Fukushima and Chernobyl - people, wildlife and landscape"online
GreenRisk4ALPs Mountain Forest Conferenceonline and Innsbruck, Austria
2021 IBFRA Conference: Changing Boreal Biome – Identifying emerging trajectories and assessing vulnerability and resilience of boreal ecosystems and their socio-economical implications.online, United States

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