14 Works

Data from: Phylogenetic niche conservatism and variations in species diversity-climate relationships

Qinggang Wang, Yaoqi Li, Dongting Zou, Xiangyan Su, Hongyu Cai, Ao Luo, Ke Jiang, Xiaoling Zhang, Xiaoting Xu, Nawal Shrestha & Zhiheng Wang
Although contemporary climate has been identified as one of the major determinants of large-scale species diversity patterns, its effect on species diversity greatly varies among clades. Understanding the drivers of the variation in species diversity-climate relationships (DCRs) across clades, which is critical for developing general mechanisms underlying the effects of climate on species diversity patterns, remains a current challenge. Using newly compiled distribution data of 914 Rosaceae species in China and a dated genus-level phylogeny,...

Three‐dimensional soil heterogeneity modulates responses of grassland mesocosms to an experimentally imposed drought extreme

Yongjie Liu, Michiel F. Bortier, Ivan Nijs, Yongshuo Fu, Zhenqing Li, Fujiang Hou & Hans J. De Boeck
Heterogeneity is an intrinsic characteristic of soils, which regulates plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. However, whether soil heterogeneity also modulates responses of plant communities to climate change, including climate extremes, remains largely an open question. Here, we explore responses of plant communities to drought extremes across four levels of spatial soil heterogeneity, with cell sizes varying from very small to very large, i.e. 0, 12, 24 and 48 cm. These were created in mesocosms by...

Lepidoptera caterpillars barcodes in FASTA format

Ming-Qiang Wang, Chuan Yan, Arong Luo, Yi Li, Douglas Chesters, Hui-Jie Qiao, Jing-Ting Chen, Qing-Song Zhou, Keping Ma, Helge Bruelheide, Andreas Schuldt, Zhibin Zhang & Chao-Dong Zhu
The dataset contains COI barcodes of Lepidoptera caterpillars collected from a subtropical forest in Jiangxi, China.

Plant litter influences the temporal stability of plant community biomass in an alpine meadow by altering the stability and asynchrony of plant functional groups

Zhouwen Ma, Yifeng Zeng, Jing Wu, Qingping Zhou & Fujiang Hou
​​​The stability of a plant community is defined as its ability to resist and be resilient to changes. Plant community stability can be driven by a range of external perturbations as well as by plant community traits. Plant litter traits (species or mass) are widely recognized drivers for plant community composition and diversity changes in grasslands. Yet, the effects of litter traits on the temporal stability of plant communities in natural grasslands are largely unknown....

Foliar fungal pathogens along an elevation gradient in Tibetan alpine meadow

Xiang Liu
Foliar fungal diseases have a great influence on both photosynthesis and ecosystem function. However, information on how the elevation gradient (which is one of the most important biogeographic factors) affects foliar fungal diseases is scarce. Here, we did an investigation along 3200 m ~ 4000 m in an alpine meadow and arranged 30 quadrats collecting data of foliar fungal diseases, plant composition and soil properties to study the plant community-mediated (through changes in plant biomass,...

Codes for simulation and data for: The relationship between local and regional extinction rates depends on species distribution patterns

Chuan Yan, Fangliang He, Jinxing He & Zhibin Zhang
The rapid loss of biodiversity poses a great threat to ecosystem functions and services. Credible estimation of species extinction rates is essential for understanding the magnitude of biodiversity loss and for informing conservation, but this has been a challenge because estimated extinctions are unverifiable due to the lack of data. In this study, we investigated the relationship between local and regional extinctions and assessed the effects of range size, spatial segregation, and patchiness of species...

Input files of various genomic analyses used to unravel the domestication history of Cannabis

Guangpeng Ren & Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis sativa has long been an important source of fiber extracted from hemp and both medicinal and recreational drugs based on cannabinoid compounds. Here, we investigated its poorly known domestication history using whole-genome resequencing of 110 accessions from worldwide origins. We show that C. sativa was first domesticated in early Neolithic times in East Asia and that all current hemp and drug cultivars diverged from an ancestral gene pool currently represented by feral plants and...

Global quantitative synthesis of effects of biotic and abiotic factors on stemflow production in woody ecosystems

Yafeng Zhang, Xinping Wang, Yanxia Pan, Rui Hu & Ning Chen
Aim: Stemflow has been increasingly recognized as an indispensable component in water and nutrient budgets within vegetated ecosystems. Here we aim to quantify the stemflow percentage (St, %) of incident precipitation (i.e., stemflow production) at a global scale, and to provide a systematic evaluation on how biotic and abiotic factors affect St. Location: Global Time period: 1970 – 2019 Major taxa studied: Woody plants (trees and shrubs) Methods: We compiled a global stemflow dataset from...

Data from: Contrasting effects of elevation on above and belowground plant pathogens

Ziyuan Lin, Peng Zhang, Fletcher Halliday, Xingxing Wang, Fei Chen, Anya Shi, Juanjuan Shi, Yao Xiao & Xiang Liu
Plant fungal diseases have a great influence on both photosynthesis and ecosystem function. However, how the elevation gradient, which is one of the most biogeographic factors, affects diseases is scarce. Here, we combined a field survey and a meta-analysis to test how elevation affect foliar fungal diseases and soil fungal pathogens through different paths. We arranged 30 plots along 3200 m ~ 4000 m in a Qinghai-Tibetan alpine meadow and collected the data of foliar...

Functional traits explain the consistent resistance of biodiversity to plant invasion under nitrogen enrichment

Shao-Peng Li, Jia Pu, Shu-Ya Fan, Yingtong Wu, Xiang Liu, Yani Meng, Yue Li, Wen-Sheng Shu, Jin-Tian Li & Lin Jiang
Elton’s biotic resistance hypothesis, which posits that diverse communities should be more resistant to biological invasions, has received considerable experimental support. However, it remains unclear whether such a negative diversity–invasibility relationship would persist under anthropogenic environmental change. By using the common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) as a model invader, our four-year grassland experiment demonstrated consistently negative relationships between resident species diversity and community invasibility, irrespective of nitrogen addition, a result further supported by a meta-analysis. Importantly,...

Data from: Sex differences in costly signalling in rural Western China

Dongzhi Cairang, Erhao Ge & Ruth Mace
Numerous empirical studies suggest that individuals convey their commitment to communities and impart the qualities of being a reliable partner through costly behaviours. We collected religious practices data ranging from daily trivial practices to infrequent grand distant pilgrimages in an agricultural Tibetan village. We predict that 1) villagers who invest more in religious practices are more likely to be nominated as having various prosocial qualities. 2) Investment in grand distant pilgrimages has more efficacy than...

Variation in plant carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus contents across the drylands of China

Junlan Xiong, Longwei Dong, Jingli Lu, Weigang Hu, Haiyang Gong, Shubin Xie, Dongmin Zhao, Yahui Zhang, Xiaoting Wang, Yan Deng, Jinzhi Ran, Karl Niklas, Allan Degen & Jianming Deng
Determining large-scale patterns of plant elemental concentrations and stoichiometry along environmental gradients is critical for understanding plant adaptive strategies and predicting ecosystem biogeochemistry processes. However, it remains unclear as to how plant carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) concentrations and their stoichiometry in different organs (leaves, stems, and roots) respond to large-scale environmental gradients in drylands. We determined C, N, and P concentrations and their ratios in leaves, stems, and roots of plants growing...

Fungal disease temporal stability in an alpine meadow

Xiang Liu
Current unprecedented species extinction has galvanized studies to clarify how biodiversity affects diseases. However, almost all empirical studies focused on diseases at a certain time point, largely ignoring the temporal stability. Using a removal experiment that manipulates plant diversity, and a fertilization experiment in a Tibetan alpine meadow, we investigated how different plant biodiversity indices and nitrogen fertilization affect the temporal stability of community pathogen load over seven consecutive years. We found that the temporal...

Effects of three-dimensional soil heterogeneity and species composition on plant biomass and biomass allocation of grass-mixtures

Yongjie Liu, Guoe Li, Mingxia Wang, Wenjing Yan & Fujiang Hou
Soil heterogeneity significantly affects plant dynamics such as plant growth and biomass. Most studies developed soil heterogeneity in two dimensions, i.e. either horizontally or vertically. However, soil heterogeneity in natural ecosystems varies both horizontally and vertically i.e. in three dimensions. Previous studies on plant biomass and biomass allocation rarely considered the joint effects of soil heterogeneity and species composition. Thus, to investigate such joint effects on plant biomass and biomass allocation, a controlled experiment was...

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  • Lanzhou University
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • State Key Laboratory of Cryptology
  • University of Antwerp
  • Sichuan University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Lausanne
  • Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources
  • South China Normal University
  • University of Göttingen