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Special Issue "Impact of Ozone on Forests"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Cristina Nali

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124, Pisa, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photochemically produced tropospheric ozone (O3) is a serious worldwide air pollutant, with substantial impacts on plant function. Mounting evidence confirms that O3 imposes stress on forest trees. Decreased chlorophyll content and photosynthetic rate, changes in carbon allocation, increased antioxidant activity, modified secondary metabolism, and reductions in biomass due to O3 have often been recorded, particularly in fast-growing species. Furthermore, O3 appears to weaken resilience to a range of biotic and abiotic stresses. Interactions between O3 and climatic stress, in particular drought and frost hardiness, as well as parasites and pathogens, are likely to result in further potentially detrimental effects. There is a need to extrapolate data and/or scale up studies on seedlings and saplings to predict responses to O3 in mature trees and forest stands. We encourage experimental studies, monitoring approaches and models, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge on key issues, such as acclimation/adaptation strategies to preserve the structure and function of forest ecosystems.

Prof. Cristina Nali, PhD
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Oxidative stress
  • Forest health
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural capital
  • Photochemical smog
  • Secondary metabolism
  • Photosynthesis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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