Selection of Native Tree Species for Subtropical Forest Restoration in Southwest China
Lu, Yang1,2,3; Ranjitkar, Sailesh1,4; Harrison, Rhett D.1,5; Xu, Jianchu1,4; Ou, Xiaokun3; Ma, Xuelan1,2; He, Jun6,7
2017-01-19
Source PublicationPLOS ONE
Volume12Issue:1Pages:170418
AbstractThe use of native species in forest restoration has been increasingly recognized as an effective means of restoring ecosystem functions and biodiversity to degraded areas across the world. However, successful selection of species adapted to local conditions requires specific knowledge which is often lacking, especially in developing countries. In order to scale up forest restoration, experimental data on the responses of native species to propagation and restoration treatments across a range of local conditions are required. In this study, the restoration potential of 34 native tree species was evaluated based on nursery research and field planting experiments at a highly degraded site in a subtropical area of southwest China. We examined species performance in terms of germination rates as well as survival rates and growth over 2 years after planting. Of the 34 species examined, 25 had a germination percentage greater than 50%. Survivorship ranged from 0 to 97% across species and was greater than 50% for 20 species. Mean monthly growth increments varied between species. Pioneer species performed well, and 14 mid-and late-successional species performed reasonably well to very well in this study. However, the remaining 16 mid-and late-successional species performed poorly. These results indicate that carefully selected mid-and late-successional species can be effectively incorporated into mixed species plantings. This data can be used to inform restoration planning, helping to identify suitable species and so enhance the biodiversity and resilience of restored forests.
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0170418
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000392381100063
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Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/45877
Collection中国科学院东亚植物多样性与生物地理学重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Yunnan Univ, Inst Ecol & Geobot, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.World Agroforestry Ctr, ICRAF East & Cent Asia, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.World Agroforestry Ctr, East & Southern Africa Reg, Lusaka, Zambia
6.Yunnan Univ, Natl Ctr Borderland Ethn Studies Southwest China, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
7.Yunnan Univ, Sch Ethnol & Sociol, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
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Lu, Yang,Ranjitkar, Sailesh,Harrison, Rhett D.,et al. Selection of Native Tree Species for Subtropical Forest Restoration in Southwest China[J]. PLOS ONE,2017,12(1):170418.
APA Lu, Yang.,Ranjitkar, Sailesh.,Harrison, Rhett D..,Xu, Jianchu.,Ou, Xiaokun.,...&He, Jun.(2017).Selection of Native Tree Species for Subtropical Forest Restoration in Southwest China.PLOS ONE,12(1),170418.
MLA Lu, Yang,et al."Selection of Native Tree Species for Subtropical Forest Restoration in Southwest China".PLOS ONE 12.1(2017):170418.
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