Plants and flood risk in Annals of Botany

Annals of Botany will have a Special Issue on Vulnerability to, and management of, plant communities in the face of increased flood risk.

The increased likelihood of extreme weather events globally poses a major flood risk. As a result, many coastal and riparian habitats, and the plant communities they contain are now valued for their important contribution to flood defense. Nevertheless, only recently have we begun to examine how plants and plant communities, respond to, and recover from, prolonged immersion in fresh- or saline water. In addition, we understanding remarkably little about the role vegetation actually plays in mitigating flooding. This Special Issue aims to bring together new research on how agricultural, and (semi-) natural coastal and riparian vegetation respond to flooding, and how we can incorporate habitats like sand dunes, mangrove forests, and wetlands into integrated flood defense strategies.

The Annals of Botany Special Issue will cover:

* The ecophysiological effects of freshwater and seawater flooding on plants

* Observed and/or modelled community-level transitions resulting from acute flooding scenarios

* Disruption of plant-microbial and/or plant herbivore interactions

* Ecosystem service provision and the economics of plant communities as flood defences

* All habitats relevant to understanding flood defence; ranging from sub-tidal seagrass meadows to upland mires

Deadline for submission is 15 March 2019 and Publication is due Spring 2020. The editors are Tjeerd Bouma and Mick Hanley. Please direct enquiries regarding submission to the Special Issue to

For more information, see the PDF.