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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2007 Vol.8 No.8 P.540-548


Plant community succession in modern Yellow River Delta, China

Author(s):  ZHANG Gao-sheng, WANG Ren-qing, SONG Bai-min

Affiliation(s):  Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, School of Life Sciences, Shandong University, Ji’ more

Corresponding email(s):   rqwang@sdu.edu.cn

Key Words:  Community succession, DCA and TWINSPAN analysis, Yellow River Delta

ZHANG Gao-sheng, WANG Ren-qing, SONG Bai-min. Plant community succession in modern Yellow River Delta, China[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2007, 8(8): 540-548.

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Data were collected in different successional stages using a simultaneous sampling method and analyzed through quantitative classification method. Three large groups and 12 classes were made to represent the community patterns of three succession stages and 12 succession communities. The succession series of plant community in the study area was as follows: saline bare land→community Suaeda salsa→community Tamarix chinensis→grassland. Succession degree and succession process of 12 succession communities were calculated. Most of these communities were in the lower succession stage, however, community Phragmites communis+Glycine soja and community Imperata cylindrica+G. soja were close to the succession stage of grassland climax. Five species diversity indices were used to study the changes in species richness, species evenness and diversity during succession of community. Heterogeneity index and richness index increased gradually during the community succession process, but species evenness tended to decrease with succession development. The relation between succession and environment was studied by ordination technique, and the results showed that the soil salt content was an important factor to halarch succession of the modern yellow River Delta. It affected community structure, species composition and succession process.

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