Plants launches a new special issue on mangroves

Mangroves are considered to be among the world’s most threatened ecosystems. These transitional land-sea wetland forests dominate tropical/subtropical coasts all over the world and are essential for the maintenance of terrestrial and marine biodiversity, as well as for the functioning of global biogeochemical processes.

These ecosystems are highly sensitive to natural and anthropogenic changes such as climatic shifts, sea-level oscillations, deforestation, habitat loss, invasion by alien species, coastal erosion, global warming, increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration and extreme weather events, among others. It has been estimated that under current deforestation rates, mangroves may disappear by next century.

The journal Plants (JFI 4.658; Q1) is launching a special issue entitled Mangrove Plant Communities: Ecology, Evolution and Biogeography, which is aimed at showing how ecological, paleoecological, geographical, biogeographical and evolutionary studies may contribute not only to the understanding of present-day mangrove ecosystems but also to inform their conservation.

Contributions of any type (original research, review, brief report, comment, essay, opinion, hypothesis, perspective, etc.) and from any geographical and temporal framework dealing with the origin, evolution, ecology and biogeography of mangroves are welcome. Papers using novel methodologies such as last-minute molecular phylogenetic, biomarker or image-analysis developments, among others, are especially welcome.

Potential contributors are encouraged to contact the guest editor for any new ideas that may improve mangrove knowledge and are not specified in this brief summary.

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