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Grassland Multispecies Interaction and Ecosystem Function Group

Wed, May 30 2018 15:38

The relationship between herbivore and plant diversity and its impact on ecosystem function are important issues for grazing ecology and grassland sustainable management. The group focuses on the above issues and has conducted a number of systematic multiscale researches on the large herbivores's feeding behaviors and strategies and the grassland's multi-nutritional relationship and ecological effects.

Main Research Findings

1. Reveal the relationship between vegetation regeneration characteristics and herbivorous grazing intensity, and the relationship between vegetation pattern characteristics and livestock feeding behavior in grassland ecology;

2. Illuminate the dynamics, diversity, productivity, and succession of grassland plant communities, and the interspecific association, niche, interspecific competition and coexistence relationship of grassland plants affected by grazing;

3. Elucidate the feeding habits of grazing animals, the interaction between animal feed selectivity and plant distribution pattern, the correlation between feed efficiency and vegetation regeneration, and improve the optimal stocking rate model based on animal-plant interaction.

In recent years, the group has undertaken more than 30 projects, including National "973" Project, National Science and Technology Major Projects, Science and Technology Foundation Project, Industry Public Welfare Project, National Natural Science Foundation Project, and EU Research and Development Funding Program. So far, the group has published more than 60 SCI indexed papers in international journals, such as Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecological Applications, Soil Biology & Biochemistry.

Group Leader: Prof. WANG Deli

Group Members: Prof. WU Donghui, Dr. YANG Yurong, Dr. GUAN Pingting

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