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The study of habitat selection and diet has a long history in ecology. This is often used to assess the functional roles of wetland in biodiversity conservation. Shifting habitat and diet may be one of the survival strategies during extremely adverse conditions. Therefore, sudden changes in habitat selection may indicate the deterioration of the habitat(More)
BACKGROUND Zoning is a fundamental tool for the effective management of nature reserves. A three-zone model (core zone, buffer zone, and experimental zone) has been applied to nature reserves in China since 1980s; however, this model appears not fit for all types of nature reserves, especially wetlands. CASE DESCRIPTION Wuliangsuhai is such a typical(More)
Wild relatives of rice (Oryza spp.) are an important source of novel resistance (R-)genes for rice improvement. Rice sheath blight, caused by Rhizotonia solani, and leaf blast, caused by Magnaportha oryzae, are major fungal diseases of rice worldwide. To identify novel R-genes, a group of Oryza spp. accessions represented by O. alta, O. australiensis, O.(More)
Dams and reservoirs, regulating water levels for irrigation, hydropower and flood control, are sometimes considered as artificial managed wetlands. Recent research has shown that increased water surface of reservoirs have become habitats for some species of migratory waterbird. However, hydraulic engineering can be a Sword of Damocles for birds. Regulating(More)
Poyang Lake is one of the most important wintering habitats for cranes in China, and thousands of cranes including Siberian Crane (leucogeranus leucogeranus), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio), Hooded Crane (G. monacha) and Common Crane (G. grus) winter here annually. Despite their different conservation status, the four cranes have substantial ecological(More)
An alteration in the hydrological connectivity reduces the synergistic processes and interactions between rivers and their floodplains, and changes the distribution of waterbirds that rely on floodplains as foraging grounds. Recent river and wetland conservation and restoration efforts have been partially focused on reinstating the natural river-floodplain(More)
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