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Vertical patterns in plant diversity and their relations with environmental factors on the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains (middle section) in Xinjiang (China)
LIU Bin
Corresponding AuthorLIU Bin
2017-04
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
ISSN1672-6316
Volume14Issue:4Pages:742-757
Subtype期刊论文
AbstractThe investigation of distribution patterns of species diversity is significant for successful biodiversity conservation. The spatial patterns of vegetation and different life-forms species diversity along an elevation gradient in the middle section of the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang, China were explored, using the detrended canonical correspondence analysis (DCCA) and the generalized additive model (GAM) methods based on a field survey of 53 sampling plots. In this work 158 species of seed plants were recorded, including 141 herbaceous, 14 shrub, and 2 tree species, in which the woody plants are very limited. 53 sampling plots were classified into 9 major plant communities. The results indicate that the herb communities were the most sensitive to changes in elevation gradient. The diversity indices of the community as a whole presented bimodal patterns. The peak values for the species diversities were found in the transition region between mountain steppe desert and mountain desert steppe (2,200–2,300m), and in the alpine grassland region (2,900–3,100m), while maximum species diversities were in the areas of intermediate environmental gradient. The main environmental factors on the distribution patterns in plant diversity were the elevation, soil water, total nitrogen, available nitrogen, organic matter, and totalsalt. The response tendency of the four diversity indices for the whole community to the soil environment was the same as that of the herb layers.
KeywordSpecies Diversity Distribution Pattern Plant Community Soil Properties Tianshan Mountains
DOI10.1007/s11629-016-4110-4
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/18555
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2017_Vol14 No.4
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LIU Bin. Vertical patterns in plant diversity and their relations with environmental factors on the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains (middle section) in Xinjiang (China)[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2017,14(4):742-757.
APA LIU Bin.(2017).Vertical patterns in plant diversity and their relations with environmental factors on the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains (middle section) in Xinjiang (China).Journal of Mountain Science,14(4),742-757.
MLA LIU Bin."Vertical patterns in plant diversity and their relations with environmental factors on the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains (middle section) in Xinjiang (China)".Journal of Mountain Science 14.4(2017):742-757.
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