Regeneration of different plant functional types in a masson pine forest following pine wilt disease

Guang Hu, Xuehong Xu, Yuling Wang, Gao Lu, Kenneth Feeley, Mingjian Yu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Pine wilt disease is a severe threat to the native pine forests in East Asia. Understanding the natural regeneration of the forests disturbed by pine wilt disease is thus critical for the conservation of biodiversity in this realm. We studied the dynamics of composition and structure within different plant functional types (PFTs) in Masson pine forests affected by pine wilt disease (PWD). Based on plant traits, all species were assigned to four PFTs: evergreen woody species (PFT1), deciduous woody species (PFT2), herbs (PFT3), and ferns (PFT4). We analyzed the changes in these PFTs during the initial disturbance period and during post-disturbance regeneration. The species richness, abundance and basal area, as well as life-stage structure of the PFTs changed differently after pine wilt disease. The direction of plant community regeneration depended on the differential response of the PFTs. PFT1, which has a higher tolerance to disturbances, became dominant during the post-disturbance regeneration, and a young evergreen-broad-leaved forest developed quickly after PWD. Results also indicated that the impacts of PWD were dampened by the feedbacks between PFTs and the microclimate, in which PFT4 played an important ecological role. In conclusion, we propose management at the functional type level instead of at the population level as a promising approach in ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere36432
JournalPLoS One
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Pinus massoniana
coniferous forests
Regeneration
Pinus
Biodiversity
Conservation
biodiversity
broadleaved evergreen forests
Microclimate
Ferns
ecological restoration
Plant Structures
natural regeneration
Far East
microclimate
East Asia
ferns and fern allies
basal area
Restoration
plant response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Cite this

Regeneration of different plant functional types in a masson pine forest following pine wilt disease. / Hu, Guang; Xu, Xuehong; Wang, Yuling; Lu, Gao; Feeley, Kenneth; Yu, Mingjian.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 7, No. 5, e36432, 01.05.2012.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hu, Guang ; Xu, Xuehong ; Wang, Yuling ; Lu, Gao ; Feeley, Kenneth ; Yu, Mingjian. / Regeneration of different plant functional types in a masson pine forest following pine wilt disease. In: PLoS One. 2012 ; Vol. 7, No. 5.
@article{6342a684c9194fd7ad8a890c4ea2e072,
title = "Regeneration of different plant functional types in a masson pine forest following pine wilt disease",
abstract = "Pine wilt disease is a severe threat to the native pine forests in East Asia. Understanding the natural regeneration of the forests disturbed by pine wilt disease is thus critical for the conservation of biodiversity in this realm. We studied the dynamics of composition and structure within different plant functional types (PFTs) in Masson pine forests affected by pine wilt disease (PWD). Based on plant traits, all species were assigned to four PFTs: evergreen woody species (PFT1), deciduous woody species (PFT2), herbs (PFT3), and ferns (PFT4). We analyzed the changes in these PFTs during the initial disturbance period and during post-disturbance regeneration. The species richness, abundance and basal area, as well as life-stage structure of the PFTs changed differently after pine wilt disease. The direction of plant community regeneration depended on the differential response of the PFTs. PFT1, which has a higher tolerance to disturbances, became dominant during the post-disturbance regeneration, and a young evergreen-broad-leaved forest developed quickly after PWD. Results also indicated that the impacts of PWD were dampened by the feedbacks between PFTs and the microclimate, in which PFT4 played an important ecological role. In conclusion, we propose management at the functional type level instead of at the population level as a promising approach in ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.",
author = "Guang Hu and Xuehong Xu and Yuling Wang and Gao Lu and Kenneth Feeley and Mingjian Yu",
year = "2012",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1371/journal.pone.0036432",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "7",
journal = "PLoS One",
issn = "1932-6203",
publisher = "Public Library of Science",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Regeneration of different plant functional types in a masson pine forest following pine wilt disease

AU - Hu, Guang

AU - Xu, Xuehong

AU - Wang, Yuling

AU - Lu, Gao

AU - Feeley, Kenneth

AU - Yu, Mingjian

PY - 2012/5/1

Y1 - 2012/5/1

N2 - Pine wilt disease is a severe threat to the native pine forests in East Asia. Understanding the natural regeneration of the forests disturbed by pine wilt disease is thus critical for the conservation of biodiversity in this realm. We studied the dynamics of composition and structure within different plant functional types (PFTs) in Masson pine forests affected by pine wilt disease (PWD). Based on plant traits, all species were assigned to four PFTs: evergreen woody species (PFT1), deciduous woody species (PFT2), herbs (PFT3), and ferns (PFT4). We analyzed the changes in these PFTs during the initial disturbance period and during post-disturbance regeneration. The species richness, abundance and basal area, as well as life-stage structure of the PFTs changed differently after pine wilt disease. The direction of plant community regeneration depended on the differential response of the PFTs. PFT1, which has a higher tolerance to disturbances, became dominant during the post-disturbance regeneration, and a young evergreen-broad-leaved forest developed quickly after PWD. Results also indicated that the impacts of PWD were dampened by the feedbacks between PFTs and the microclimate, in which PFT4 played an important ecological role. In conclusion, we propose management at the functional type level instead of at the population level as a promising approach in ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.

AB - Pine wilt disease is a severe threat to the native pine forests in East Asia. Understanding the natural regeneration of the forests disturbed by pine wilt disease is thus critical for the conservation of biodiversity in this realm. We studied the dynamics of composition and structure within different plant functional types (PFTs) in Masson pine forests affected by pine wilt disease (PWD). Based on plant traits, all species were assigned to four PFTs: evergreen woody species (PFT1), deciduous woody species (PFT2), herbs (PFT3), and ferns (PFT4). We analyzed the changes in these PFTs during the initial disturbance period and during post-disturbance regeneration. The species richness, abundance and basal area, as well as life-stage structure of the PFTs changed differently after pine wilt disease. The direction of plant community regeneration depended on the differential response of the PFTs. PFT1, which has a higher tolerance to disturbances, became dominant during the post-disturbance regeneration, and a young evergreen-broad-leaved forest developed quickly after PWD. Results also indicated that the impacts of PWD were dampened by the feedbacks between PFTs and the microclimate, in which PFT4 played an important ecological role. In conclusion, we propose management at the functional type level instead of at the population level as a promising approach in ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84860491249&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84860491249&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1371/journal.pone.0036432

DO - 10.1371/journal.pone.0036432

M3 - Article

C2 - 22563499

AN - SCOPUS:84860491249

VL - 7

JO - PLoS One

JF - PLoS One

SN - 1932-6203

IS - 5

M1 - e36432

ER -