Special Issue "Response of Tree Species to Abiotic Stresses in a Changing Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2017)
Dr. Lina Fusaro
Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le Aldo Moro 5, Rome, Italy
Dr. Elisabetta Salvatori
Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le Aldo Moro, 5 – 00185 Rome, Italy
During the last decades, ecosystems have been subjected to rapid changes in environmental conditions and the intensity and duration of stress factors has increased. In the global changes scenario, in which stress events are expected to became more frequent and unpredictable, plants have to deal with multiple simultaneous stressors that affect their functional and structural traits. In addition, stressors due to climate change, such as prolonged drought, increase of temperature, alteration of seasonal meteorological patterns, excess of light (including UV radiation), also anthropogenic stressors insist on vegetation worldwide. Particulate matter, gaseous pollutants as tropospheric ozone, heavy metals, nitrogen deposition and accordingly soil acidification, soil salinity caused by overexploitation of groundwater, and also land-use changes, are among the major threats. These factors affect the health of ecosystems and their capacity to provide Ecosystem Services (ES), and, thus, to improve human well-being The effects of multiple stresses and their interaction can jeopardize the provisioning of many ES, in terms of quality, quantity and temporal continuity, in natural and urban context. Moreover, it has been proven that biodiversity also declines under the pressure of the current changing environment, and more studies are needed to define the effect of biodiversity loss on ecosystem health and services provision. Understanding how plants respond to the concurrent action of different stresses, is fundamental to develop a successful strategy to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems functionality.
Manuscripts dealing with these topics in different environmental context (natural and urban environment), adopting various experimental approaches (from leaf, organism, whole-plant to ecosystem levels) in field or controlled conditions are welcome.
Prof. Fausto Manes
Dr. Lina Fusaro
Dr. Elisabetta Salvatori
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- Global Changes
- Air Pollution
- Natural Ecosystems
- Ecosystem Services
- Land Use and Sustainable Management
- Urban and Periurban Forests
- Green Infrastructure