22 Works

Mangrove diversity enhances plant biomass production and carbon storage in Hainan Island, China

Jiankun Bai, Yuchen Meng, Ruikun Gou, Jiacheng Lyu, Zheng Dai, Xiaoping Diao, Hongsheng Zhang, Yiqi Luo, Xiaoshan Zhu & Guanghui Lin
Mangrove forests, one of the highest carbon density ecosystems, are very different from other forests as they occupy saline and tidal habitats. Although previous studies in forests, shrublands, and grasslands have shown a positive effect of biodiversity on plant biomass and carbon storage, it remains unclear whether this relation to biodiversity also exists in mangrove forests. Here, we evaluate the possible effects of mangrove species diversity, structural characteristics, and environmental factors on mangrove biomass production...

Shell biomass material supported nano-zero valent iron to remove Pb2+ and Cd2+ in water

Shengxu Luo, Xique Wu, Zheng Wang, Shengxu Luo, Yanshi Wang, Zhuang Tong & Qin Deng
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) has a high adsorption capacity for heavy metals, but easily forms aggregates. Herein, preprocessed undulating venus shell (UVS) is used as support material to prevent NZVI from reuniting. The SEM and TEM results show that UVS had a porous layered structure and NZVI particles were evenly distributed on the UVS surface. A large number of adsorption sites on the surface of UVS-NZVI are confirmed by IR and XRD. UVS-NZVI is utilized...

Phylogenomic analyses of the East Asian endemic Abelia (Caprifoliaceae) shed insights into the temporal and spatial diversification history with widespread hybridization

Qing-Hui Sun, Diego F. Morales-Briones, Hong-Xin Wang, Jacob Landis, Jun Wen & Hua-Feng Wang
• Background and Aims Abelia (Caprifoliaceae) is a small genus with five species, including one man-made hybrid and several natural hybrids. The genus has a discontinuous distribution in Mainland China, the Taiwan Island, and the Ryukyu Islands, providing a model system to explore mechanisms of species dispersal in the East Asian flora. However, the current phylogenetic relationships within Abelia remain uncertain. • Methods In this study, we reconstructed the phylogenetic relationships within Abelia using nuclear...

A new species of Hiptage (Malpighiaceae) from Nujiang Gorge of Southwest China

Ming-Xun Ren, Shu-Peng Dong & Ke Tan
Hiptage lushuiensis, a new species from the Hengduan Mountains, northwestern Yunnan Province, China, is here described and illustrated. This species was found growing at the margin of an open forest in the Nujiang Gorge of Lushui City. H. lushuiensis is distinctive for its pink petals, 2 or more calyx glands, large and red pink samara with white hairs. This species is isolated in the deep gorge (25°51′N, 98° 51′E, altitude 917 m), located at the...

Data from: Two new species of Parnassia (Celastraceae) from karst cave and Danxia landform in Southwest China

Ya-Jing Zhang, Jun Zhang, Zheng-Yu Liu & Ming-Xun Ren
Two new species of Parnassia found in mountainous areas of Chongqing City, Southwest China, are described and illustrated: P. zhengyuanum M.X. Ren & J. Zhang and P. simianshanensis M.X. Ren, J. Zhang & Z.Y. Liu respectively. Parnassia zhengyuanum is found in a limestone cave near Mt. Jinfo, Nanchuan District, Chongqing City. This tiny plant has special spoon-shaped leaves and undivided staminodes with green apices. Parnassia simianshanensis was discovered in Mt. Simian, Jiangjin County, Chongqing City....

Data from: Taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity of vascular plants at Ma’anling volcano urban park in tropical Haikou, China: Reponses to soil properties

Xia-Lan Cheng, Lang-Xing Yuan, Mir Mohammad Nizamani, Zhi-Xin Zhu, Cynthia Ross Friedman, Huafeng Wang & Hua-Feng Wang
Anthropogenic processes and socio-economic factors play important roles in shaping plant diversity in urban parks. To investigate how plant diversity of Ma’ anling urban volcano park in Hainan Province, China respond to these factors, we carried out a field investigation on the taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity of vascular plants and soil properties in this area. We found 284 species of vascular plants belonging to 88 families and 241 genera, which included 194 native species, 23...

Data from: Genetic diversity and genetic structure of Decalobanthus boisianus in Hainan Island, China

Huan Jiang, WenXing Long, Hui Zhang, Chengneng Mi, Tao Zhou & Zongzhu Chen
Decalobanthus boisianus is a native plant of Hainan Island, China, which has caused considerable damage to tropical forest ecosystems in recent decades. Understanding the genetic diversity and structure of this species can facilitate uncovering the molecular mechanism of its invasive ability. Here, we collected 77 individuals of D. boisianus spanning 8 distribution areas with a gradient of human disturbance intensity (i.e. low, moderate and high disturbance intensity groups), to assess patterns of genetic diversity and...

The bearing capacity of limestone strata roof containing a shallow buried spherical Karst cave

Peng Xie
The chief objective of the article is to study the bearing capacity of limestone strata roof containing a shallow buried spherical Karst cave. Firstly, taking into account the effect of external load, stress field in the Earths crust, internal filling and the characteristics of Karst landform in China, a spatial axial-symmetrical model was established. Concurrently, Love displacement method was introduced, the expressions of stress components were gained. Subsequently, combining failure mechanism of ground collapse and...

Plant-soil feedback of the invasive Sorghum halepense on Hainan island, China

Ya Wang, Weiqian Wang, Haizhong Huang, Yan Liu, Xiaoxia Li & Qiaoqiao Huang
Sorghum halepense is a perennial invasive weed causing great harm worldwide, including various regions on Hainan island. In this study, using two approaches, we examined plant-soil feedback of different S. halepense populations. In the first, rhizosphere soil of S. halepense from the field was either sterilized or not to study the role of soil biota on S. halepense growth. In the second, we first let S. halepense plants condition the soil, and then regrow plants...

Positive allometric growth explains the positive effect of foliar fungal pathogens on plant coexistence

Yao Xiao, Shurong Zhou, Xiang Liu Xiang Liu, Zhiping Song, Yawen Lu, Li Zhang, Mengjiao Hua, Yikang Chen, Shiliang Chen & Yimin Zhao
The data was collected in the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province, China (101° 18′ 57″ E, 37° 36′ 50″ N; 3 221 m a.s.l.) in 2019 and 2020, including the species-specific growth allometry (scaling exponent and intercept) fitted by the allometric equation under each treatment in a population-level experiment, i.e., control, fungicide application, neighbor removal (removal), fungicide application × neighbor removal, and the community-level mean and dispersion of the growth allometry (CWM and FDis of...

Annotation of genome of brown-marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus)

Yang Yang, Lina Wu, Jingfang Chen, Xi Wu, Weiwei Zhang, Jian Luo, Junhong Xia, Zining Meng & Xiaochun Liu
Brown-marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus) is an important fish species for coral reef ecosystem and marine aquaculture industry. In the study, a high quality chromosome-level genome of brown-marbled grouper was assembled using Oxford Nanopore technology and Hi-C technology. The GC content and heterozygosity were approximate 42% and 0.35 %, respectively in brown-marbled grouper genome. A total of 230 contigs with total length of 1,047 Mb were assembled, contig N50 was 13.8 Mb, 228 contigs (99.13%) can...

Genetic delimitation of Oreocharis species from Hainan Island

Shao-Jun Ling, Xin-Ting Qin, Xi-Qiang Song, Li-Na Zhang & Ming-Xun Ren
Hainan Island harbours an extraordinary diversity of Gesneriaceae with 14 genera and 23 species, among which two species and one variety are recognized in the genus Oreocharis. These three Oreocharis taxa are all Hainan-endemics and show complex geographical distribution pattern with considerable morphological intermixtures. In this study, we combined DNA (nuclear ITS sequences and cpDNA trnL-trnF and ycf1b) to evaluate genetic delimitation for 12 Oreocharis populations from the island, together with morphological similarity analysis using...

Isolation and characterization of twelve polymorphic microsatellite markers in the endangered Hopea hainanensis (Dipterocarpaceae)

Xiang Ma
Using next-generation sequencing technology, 26 microsatellite markers were developed and genotyped by capillary electrophoresis for Hopea hainanensis Merrill & Chun, an endangered tree species in Hainan Island and northern Vietnam. Twelve markers were found to be polymorphic in this species. Primer transferability was tested with H. chinensis Hand.-Mazz. and H. reticulata Tardieu, in which 3 and 7 microsatellite markers were found to be polymorphic, separately. The 12 polymorphic microsatellite markers could be applied to population...

Leaf size of woody dicots predicts ecosystem primary productivity

Yaoqi Li, Peter Reich, Bernhard Schmid, Nawal Shrestha, Xiao Feng, Tong Lyv, Brian Maitner, Xiaoting Xu, Yichao Li, Dongting Zou, Zheng-Hong Tan, Xiangyan Su, Zhiyao Tang, Qinghua Guo, Xiaojuan Feng, Brian Enquist & Zhiheng Wang
A key challenge in ecology is to understand the relationships between organismal traits and ecosystem processes. Here, with a novel dataset of leaf length and width for 10,480 woody dicots in China and 2,374 in North America, we show that the variation in community mean leaf size is highly correlated with the variation in climate and ecosystem primary productivity, independent of plant life form. These relationships likely reflect how natural selection modifies leaf size across...

Data from: Application of a trait‐based species screening framework for vegetation restoration in a tropical coral island of China

Nan Liu, Chen Wang, Hui Zhang, Hui Liu, Shuguang Jian & Junhua Yan
1. Selecting suitable species for vegetation restoration presents a notable challenge for land managers and scientists. Recently developed trait‐based approaches may be an effective means of overcoming this challenge. However, we lack a trait‐based species screening model that can be used to select potential species for restoration of degraded ecosystems. 2. Here, we developed a species screening model based on quantitative trait‐based theory and a maximum entropy algorithm. The objective was to select more species...

Intra- and interspecific variability of specific leaf area mitigate the reduction of community stability in response to warming and nitrogen addition

Mengjiao Huang, Shaopeng Wang, Xiang Liu, Ming Nie, Shurong Zhou & Yann Hautier
Global environmental changes are reducing the diversity and affecting the functioning of natural ecosystems as well as their ability to reliably provide ecosystem functions and services to mankind. Many studies have shown that a greater plant diversity can stabilize community productivity against environmental fluctuations. However, most of these studies focused on plant species richness, thus overlooking the potential role of functional traits in stabilizing community productivity against environmental fluctuations. Whether and how functional trait mean...

Data from: Individual size variation reduces spatial variation in abundance of tree community assemblage, not of tree populations

Hua-Feng Wang & Meng Xu
Research on individual trait variation has gained much attention because of its implication for ecosystem functions and community ecology. The effect of individual variation on population and community abundance (number of individuals) variation remains scarcely tested. Using two established ecological scaling laws (Taylor's law and abundance–size relationship), we derived a new scaling relationship between the individual size variation and spatial variation of abundance. Tested against multi-plot tree data from Diaoluo Mountain tropical forest in Hainan,...

Nuclear and plastid phylogenomic analyses provide insights into the reticulate evolution, species delimitation and biogeography of the Sino-Japanese disjunctive Diabelia (Caprifoliaceae)

Xiu-Rong Ke, Diego F. Morales-Briones, Hong-Xin Wang, Qing-Hui Sun, Jacob B. Landis, Jun Wen & Hua-Feng Wang
Understanding biological diversity and the mechanisms of the Sino-Japanese disjunctions are major challenges in eastern Asia biogeography. The Sino-Japanese flora has been broadly studied as an ideal model for plant phylogeography. Diabelia (Caprifoliaceae) is an East Asian genus, with a disjunctive distribution across the Sino-Japanese region. However, relationships within Diabelia remain elusive. In this study, we reconstructed the phylogeny of Diabelia and inferred historical biogeography and evolutionary patterns based on nuclear and plastid sequences from...

The allometry of plant height explains species loss under nitrogen addition

Shurong Zhou
Light asymmetry, with a higher light acquisition per unit biomass for larger plants, has been proposed as a major mechanism of species loss after nitrogen addition. However, solid evidence for this has been scarce. We measured the allometric size-height relationships of 25 plant species along a nitrogen addition gradient manipulated annually for eight years in a speciose alpine meadow and found that the positive relationship between species relative abundance and the height scaling exponent in...

A phylogenomic perspective on gene tree conflict and character evolution in Caprifoliaceae using target enrichment data, with Zabelioideae recognized as a new subfamily

Hong-Xin Wang, Diego F. Morales-Briones, Michael Moore, Jun Wen & Hua-Feng Wang
The use of diverse datasets in phylogenetic studies aiming for understanding evolutionary histories of species can yield conflicting inference. Phylogenetic conflicts observed in animal and plant systems have often been explained by hybridization, incomplete lineage sorting (ILS), or horizontal gene transfer. Here, we employed target enrichment data and species tree and species network approaches to infer the backbone phylogeny of the family Caprifoliaceae, while distinguishing among sources of incongruence. We used 713 nuclear loci and...

Surprising roles of climate in regulating flowering phenology in a subtropical ecosystem

Zhuqiu Song, Yanjun Du & Zhongliang Huang
This dataset contains data from the paper: “Song, Z., Du, Y., Primack, R.B., Miller-Rushing, A.J., Ye, W., Huang, Z. (2021) Surprising roles of climate in regulating flowering phenology in a subtropical ecosystem. Ecography. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05629”. This phenological data set included a total of 1892 collections, representing 105 native species, belonging to 76 genera of 42 families, and spanning a 105-year period from 1911 to 2015. This dataset contained 1540 herbarium specimens (81%, 1911−2012) and 352 photographs...

Biomass material - undulating venus shell - supported nanoscale zero-valent iron for the adsorption of Pb2+ and Cd2+ ions in aqueous solution

Shengxu Luo & Zheng Wang
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) has a high adsorption capacity for heavy metals, but easily forms aggregates. Herein, preprocessed undulating venus shell (UVS) is used as support material to prevent NZVI from reuniting. The SEM and TEM results show that UVS had a porous layered structure and NZVI particles were evenly distributed on the UVS surface. A large number of adsorption sites on the surface of UVS-NZVI are confirmed by IR and XRD. UVS-NZVI is utilized...

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  • Hainan University
  • Lanzhou University
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Fudan University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Peking University
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Cornell University
  • Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences