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15 August 2021
Recent advances in the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between Frankia and actinorhizal plants
More than 200 angiosperm species, distributed in 25 genera of eight families, develop root nodules (actinorhizas) with the soil nitrogen-fixing actinomycete Frankia. These plants, collectively called actinorhizal plants, are perennial and dicotyledonous and are shrubs or trees except Datisca. Actinorhizal plants are often colonizers of the open ground. Current and potential uses of actinorhizal plants include soil restoration, pulp production, lumber, windbreak, or as ornamental and horticultural plants.
The 20th International Meeting on Frankia and Actinorhizal Plants, an online conference from May 29–31, 2021, is an opportunity for scientists to communicate about the latest developments in research, regarding this symbiosis. This (symbiosis) involves several dicotyledonous plants initiating ecological succession and soil status improvement in various countries. Selected papers on ecology, genetics, or physiology of Frankia, their host plants, and their interactions will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Forest Research. The following special guest editors are invited for this special issue; Dr. Alison Berry (University of California, USA), Dr. Maher Gtari (Université de Carthage, Tunisia), Dr. Philippe Normand (Université de Lyon, France), Dr. Katharina Pawlowski (Stockholm University, Sweden), Dr. Louis Tisa (University of New Hampshire, USA) and Dr. Hiroyuki Tobita (Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan).
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This special issue accept the following types of article: Original Article, Short Communication and Review. Please select "Special Feature: Frankia and actinorhizal plants" as Section/Category when submitting your paper through Editorial Manager, which is selectable only during the period of submission.
- Period of Submissions: March 1, 2021 - August 15, 2021
- Peer Review: March 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021
- Expected Publication Dates: February or April 2022 (Journal of Forest Research Volume 27, Issue 1 or 2)
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