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The biomass and productivity of Schima superba-Castanopsis carlesii forests in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province, were determined using overlapping quadrants and stem analyses. The total community biomass was (225.3±30.1) t hm−2, of which the aboveground parts accounted for 72.0% and the underground parts accounted for 28.0%. About 87.2% of biomass existed in the(More)
Urbanization has resulted in obvious changes in plant species diversity. We analyzed the dynamics of ruderal species diversity in Harbin over the past half century using historical data collected in 1955 and data of the present spatial distribution in 2010–2011. The results show that, the number of ruderal species decreased from 611 to 175 with remarkable(More)
As the economic and financial center of China, Shanghai has experienced an extensive urban expansion since the early 1980s, with an attendant cost in environmental degradation. We use an integrated pollution index to study the temporal variations of surface water quality in urban, suburban and rural areas between 1982 and 2005. Data on monitored(More)
Negative air ions are natural components of the air we breathe. Forests are the main continuous natural source of negative air ions (NAI). The spatio-temporal patterns of negative air ions were explored in Shanghai, based on monthly monitoring in 15 parks from March 2009 to February 2010. In each park, sampling sites were selected in forests and open(More)
hina has been undergoing a period of economic reform and expansion since the late 1970s, accompanied by rapid and widespread urbanization. During the early 1980s, 18% of China's population lived in cities, but this rose to 39% by 2003, while the number of cities increased from 190 to 660 (including about 170 cities with a population greater than 1 million)(More)
Based on meteorological data from 1978 to 2007, we investigated the annual, seasonal, and fixed hourly variations of Shanghai urban heat island (UHI) in urban and suburban areas and spatial distribution of UHI. The results demonstrated a remarkable interannual increase of UHI intensity in Shanghai. The UHI was the strongest in autumn and the weakest in(More)
Chongqing Municipality, located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, is one of China’s four largest megacities, comparable with Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin. In recent years, Chongqing and its surroundings have been experiencing severe environmental problems, such as urbanization, pollution, and deforestation, due to the rapid economic development(More)
Microcystin is a sort of cyclic nonribosomal peptides produced by cyanobacteria. It is cyanotoxin, which can be very toxic for plants and animals including humans. The present study evaluated the interaction of microcystin and catalase, under physiological conditions by means of fluorescence, three-dimensional (3D) fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD),(More)
Evergreen broadleaved forests (EBLF), the zonal forest ecosystem of the subtropical zone in east China, have been degraded from recent anthropogenic disturbance. Understanding the role of past disturbances in EBLFs would be helpful to the restoration of degraded EBLFs. We used dendroecological techniques to reconstruct the disturbance history of a secondary(More)
Paddy fields surrounded by forests are characteristic of the rural landscapes in East Asia. These characteristic landscapes are maintained by agricultural activities; recently, however, local and regional changes in economic and social systems have resulted in their deterioration. In order to conserve these landscapes, the diversity of land-use systems(More)