Special Issue "Ecology and Restoration of Grassland"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 187

Special Issue Editors

College of Life Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
Interests: grassland restoration; grassland management; clonal plant ecology; biomass allocation strategies
Key Laboratory of Adaptation and Evolution of Plateau Biota, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, China
Interests: water conservation function of alpine grassland; grassland restoration and function ecology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Grasslands cover around 40% of the Earth’s surface, serve as an important global reservoir of biodiversity, and provide a series of ecosystem services, such as food production, carbon storage, and climate mitigation. However, the degradation of grasslands has increased dramatically in recent decades, which has indisputably led to severe consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Therefore, the restoration of degraded grassland is essential, not only in biodiversity and services improvement, but also for carbon sequestration and global warming mitigation. Currently, numerous recovery practices have been successfully implemented to alleviate degradation and increase vegetation cover in degraded grasslands, while most research on grassland restoration has focused on restoration practices rather than the underlying theoretical basis. Moreover, restoration goals have focused on aboveground restoration, while belowground is always ignored. Thus, systematic restoration considering multifunctions and multitrophic levels is strongly needed in future studies.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide a research platform to combine and synthesize recent research on degraded grassland restoration and management, as well as the development and utilization of ecological restoration theories. We kindly invite you to submit manuscripts with a focus on these related topics.

Dr. Jianyong Wang
Dr. Xiaowei Guo
Guest Editors

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  • ecological restoration
  • active restoration
  • biodiversity
  • community assembly theory
  • species composition
  • grassland degradation
  • grassland management
  • soil carbon sequestration
  • seed addition
  • plant–soil feedback

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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