Main ecological drivers of woody plant species richness recovery in secondary forests in China

Liu Xiaofei, Garcia-Ulloa John, Cornioley Tina, Liu Xuehua, Wang Zhiheng, Garcia Claude. 2019. Main ecological drivers of woody plant species richness recovery in secondary forests in China. Scientific Reports, 9:250, 8 p.

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Abstract : Identifying drivers behind biodiversity recovery is critical to promote efficient ecological restoration. Yet to date, for secondary forests in China there is a considerable uncertainty concerning the ecological drivers that affect plant diversity recovery. Following up on a previous published meta-analysis on the patterns of species recovery across the country, here we further incorporate data on the logging history, climate, forest landscape and forest attribute to conduct a nationwide analysis of the main drivers influencing the recovery of woody plant species richness in secondary forests. Results showed that regional species pool exerted a positive effect on the recovery ratio of species richness and this effect was stronger in selective cutting forests than that in clear cutting forests. We also found that temperature had a negative effect, and the shape complexity of forest patches as well as the percentage of forest cover in the landscape had positive effects on the recovery ratio of species richness. Our study provides basic information on recovery and resilience analyses of secondary forests in China.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt secondaire, Forêt, Reconstitution forestière, biodiversité forestière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Chine

Mots-clés libres : Biodiversity, Forest ecology

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Liu Xiaofei, ETH (CHE)
  • Garcia-Ulloa John, ETH (CHE)
  • Cornioley Tina, ETH (CHE)
  • Liu Xuehua, Tsinghua University (CHN) - auteur correspondant
  • Wang Zhiheng, Peking University (CHN)
  • Garcia Claude, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (CHE) ORCID: 0000-0002-7351-0226

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