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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Plant Ecology & Diversity

For a Special Issue on
The Ecology and Evolution of Plants in Extreme Environments

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

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The Ecology and Evolution of Plants in Extreme Environments

Special Issue Editor(s)

Xavier Picó, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Spain
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Richard Abbott, University of St Andrews, UK
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Luis Daniel Llambi, University of the Andes, Venezuela
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Nishi Rajakaruna, California Polytechnic State University, USA
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Alexander Papadopulos, Bangor University, UK
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Laszlo Nagy, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
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Our planet is undergoing major environmental change due largely to climate warming and land use alteration. This is causing many plants to experience conditions harsher than those they are well adapted to. In response, plants can modify their distribution ranges, become rapidly adapted to the new environmental conditions or go extinct locally. For this reason, it is important to broaden our understanding of how plants evolve and interact in existing extreme environments, providing clues as to how plant communities may develop in the near future.

The goal of this special issue is to bring together observational, experimental and theoretical studies on the ecology and evolution of plants in extreme environments.

In this special issue, we expect to cover a wide array of major extreme environments (e.g., from semi- to hyper-arid deserts, high elevations, Arctic/Antarctic regions) and environments that may be called extreme due to particular local characteristics, such as soil types (e.g., saline, serpentine, gypsum, heavy metal contamination) and those affected by recurrent major perturbations (e.g. fires, floods).

We welcome submissions on any plant taxon (including ferns, lichens and algae), from any biogeographical region and ecological level (i.e., population, community or ecosystem).

All manuscripts should highlight the factors that make their study environments extreme.

We expect contributions to be hypothesis-driven, to develop their theoretical frameworks in depth and to evaluate future research directions.

Submission Instructions

  • Select "The Ecology and Evolution of Plants in Extreme Environments” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
  • We accept reviews and research articles. For review articles, we particularly welcome submissions providing concise and insightful perspectives on emerging themes.
  • Expected publication dates: First half of 2022.

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