Recent Progress in Biogeography in China

  • 1. Department of Earth Sciences,National Natural Science Foundation of China,Beijing 100085,China;
    2. Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute,CAS,Lanzhou 730000,China;
    3. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography,CAS,Urumqi 830011,China;
    4. College of Resources Science & Technology,Beijing Normal University,Beijing 100875,China;
    5. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences,Northeast Normal University,Changchun 130024,China

Received date: 2009-05-15

  Revised date: 2009-07-10

  Online published: 2009-09-25


The fundamental research of biogeography in China is mainly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in which the Department of Earth Sciences plays a dominant part. In the past few years, the objectives of plant geography study are mainly focused on alpine vegetation as well as arid and semi-arid land vegetation. The relationships between biodiversity, vegetation, alpine timberline and the effect of mountains are the main topics of alpine vegetation study. More and more field work and comparative studies have been conducted on various mountain types and regions. The limitation of water and salt to plants and the adaptation of the physiological and ecological function of these plants to the habitats are the main topics of plant geography study in arid and semi-arid areas. These studies show concerns for a wide range of fields, including plants, populations, biological communities and ecosystems. There are some advances in the studies of biological soil crust as well as of the ecophysiological response and morphological adjustment of desert shrubs with the variation of summer precipitation. However, zoogeography has not been extensively studied as plant geography has in the geographical community of China. In this field much emphasis is placed on soil animals and soil ecological function. Although biogeography study has made much progress in recent years, some curious problems should be solved to promote its development in the future. These problems are as follows. The number of professional researchers of biogeography is too small; potential researchers of biogeography with the background of geography are unlikely to get systematic trainings of biological sciences; the development is not balanced between the sub-branches of biogeography.

Cite this article

LENG Shu-ying,LI Xin-rong,LI Yan,XU Hao,KANG Mu-yi,JIANG Yuan,YIN Xiu-qiu,TAO Yan,XIN Wei-dong . Recent Progress in Biogeography in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2009 , 64(9) : 1039 -1047 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200909002


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