Special issue/Topical collection Archive

13 Apr 2021

Interaction of drought and frost in tree ecophysiology: rethinking the timing of risks

Key message The increase in climate variability is likely to generate an increased occurrence of both frost-induced and drought-induced damages on perennial plants. We examined how these stress factors can potentially interact and would subsequently affect the
8 Apr 2021

An innovative and automated method for characterizing wood defects on trunk surfaces using high-density 3D terrestrial LiDAR data

Key message We designed a novel method allowing to automatically detect and measure defects on the surface of trunks including branches, branch scars, and epicormics from terrestrial LiDAR data by using only high-density 3D information. We could
30 Mar 2021

Exploring new frontiers in forecasting forest growth, yield and wood property variation

Key message Modern forest managers operate in a world characterised by increasing variability in multiple factors impacting forest productivity, survival and product quality. Being able to predict, as accurately as possible, how forests will develop in the
27 Jan 2021

AFS is launching a new topical collection “Sustainable Policies for Wild Fire Management in Forests”

This special issue aims to focus on effective wildfire management in the future by managing long-term resilience and restoration approaches to balance the ecological instability due to wildfires in the forests. Researchers and scholars are welcomed to
13 Jan 2021

Modeling size-density trajectories of even-aged ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) stands in France. A baseline to assess the impact of Chalara ash dieback

Key message A piecewise polynomial function already used to represent the size-density trajectories of pure even-aged stands of beech, oak, and Douglas-fir proved its ability to represent the size-density trajectories of a new species, ash. The widespread
29 Oct 2020

Victims or perpetrators: contribution and response of insects to forest diebacks and declines

Key message Unprecedented forest declines and diebacks are expected worldwide in response to global change. Insects can trigger or contribute to these disturbances, which can in turn have either beneficial or detrimental retroactive cascading effects on insect
12 Oct 2020

Climate-growth relationships for Aspidosperma tomentosum Mart. in South American tropical dry forests

Key message The precise demarcation and cross-dating of tree rings in Aspidosperma tomentosum Mart., a valuable timber species in the tropical dry forests of South America, were used to develop the first well-replicated chronology covering the period
2 Sep 2020

New Topical Collection on “Establishment of second-growth forests in human landscapes: ecological mechanisms and genetic consequences”

This special issue gathers articles (see references below) arising from the ERA-NET BiodivERsA3 research project “Unraveling the Potential of Spontaneous Forest Establishment for Improving Ecosystem Functions and Services in Dynamic Landscapes (SPONFOREST)”.   SPONFOREST addressed two major
2 Sep 2020

Establishment of second-growth forests in human landscapes: ecological mechanisms and genetic consequences

Key message This special issue gathers articles arising from the ERA-NET BiodivERsA3 research project “Unraveling the Potential of Spontaneous Forest Establishment for Improving Ecosystem Functions and Services in Dynamic Landscapes (SPONFOREST)”. Using a broad spectrum of research
2 Sep 2020

Forest decline differentially affects trophic guilds of canopy-dwelling beetles

Key message Decline can affect the structure, resources, and microclimates of the forest canopy, and potentially have cascading effects on canopy-dwelling species. Our survey shows that an oak decline can promote saproxylic beetles, especially xylophagous ones, and