Hong-lin Cao

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In most plants, the contributions of pollen and seed flow to their genetic structures are generally difficult to disentangle. For typical wind-pollinated and wind-dispersed species Engelhardia roxburghiana in a 20-ha natural forest plot in lower subtropic China, because the prevailing wind directions change during its pollen release and seed dispersal(More)
Genetic comparisons between native and invasive populations of a species can provide insights into its invasion history information, which is useful for guiding management and control strategies. The coral berry Ardisia crenata was introduced to Florida last century as a cultivated ornament plant, and has since spread widely throughout the southern regions(More)
BACKGROUND Ecologists have been monitoring community dynamics with the purpose of understanding the rates and causes of community change. However, there is a lack of monitoring of community dynamics from the perspective of phylogeny. METHODS/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS We attempted to understand temporal phylogenetic turnover in a 50 ha tropical forest (Barro(More)
Tree survival is a critical driver of stand dynamics, influencing forest structure and composition. Many local-scale drivers (tree size, abiotic and biotic factors) have been proposed as being important in explaining patterns of tree survival, but their contributions are still unknown. We examined the relative importance of these local drivers on tree(More)
Phenotypic plasticity is common in many taxa, and it may increase an organism's fitness in heterogeneous environments. However, in some cases, the frequency of environmental changes can be faster than the ability of the individual to produce new adaptive phenotypes. The importance of such a time delay in terms of individual fitness and species adaptability(More)
Ap Applicati tions ons in in Pl Plant t Scien Sciences ces Beilschmiedia Nees is one of the largest pantropical genera of the Lauraceae, with approximately 250 species (Nishida, 1999). It is best represented in tropical Asia and Africa (van der Werff, 2003). Although Beilschmiedia contains many ecologically and economically important species, they are still(More)
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