Effects of environmental gradients on the performances of four dominant plants in a Chinese saltmarsh: implications for plant zonation

  title={Effects of environmental gradients on the performances of four dominant plants in a Chinese saltmarsh: implications for plant zonation},
  author={Cheng Haun Wang and Meng S Lu and Bo Yang and Qiang Yang and Xiao Dong Zhang and Toshihiko Hara and Bo Li},
  journal={Ecological Research},
Physical conditions and biotic interactions are believed to be the determinants of plant zonation in saltmarshes. However, in rapidly developing estuarine marshes, succession is regarded as the primary process responsible for plant zonation and it is controlled mainly by environmental factors. Salinity and inundation are two important factors responsible for the distribution pattern of dominant plants in coastal saltmarshes. Here we conducted a common garden experiment as well as a field… CONTINUE READING


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