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The Invasion Ecology Lab is an international research group established in 2017 after Prof. Mark van Kleunen (also professor at Konstanz University, Germany) joined a Chinese program for flexible introduction of high-level talents. The laboratory is nested in the Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation headed by Prof. Junmin Li, which is part of the School of Life Science of Taizhou University. The Invasion Ecology Lab now brings together a dozen of scientists and students conducting transdisciplinary research on the issue of biological invasions.

Our integrated research aims at better understanding the causes and consequences of biological invasions in natural and cultivated ecosystems at local to global scales. We study invasive species from multiple perspectives including plant-associated microbiomes, plant genomics and physiology, plant-plant interactions, and macroecology.

2018 GloNAF Meeting, Göttingen (Germany)


East Asian Symposium on Plant Diversity and Conservation, Hangzhou
East Asian Plant Diversity and Conservat
We are happy to organize the GCEP conference from 1st to 3rd November 2019 in Taizhou
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3rd Conference on Biological Invasions and Global Change, Kaifeng
New paper in Ecology
May, 2021



Yuan Yongge, Jin huifei, Li Junmin(2021)Effects of latitude and soil microbes on the resistance of invasive Solidago canadensis to its co-evolved insect herbivore Corythucha marmorata. Journal of Plant Ecology. published


Lin Weida, Chen Huanwei, Wang Jianmei....Li Junmin(2021)Transcriptome analysis associated with
polysaccharide synthesis and their antioxidant activity in Cyclocarya paliurus leaves of different developmental stages. Peer Journal. published.

Sheng Xiaoling, Chen Huanwei, Wang Jianmei, Zheng Yongli, Li Yueling, Jin Zexin, Li Junmin(2021)Joint Transcriptomic and Metabolic Analysis of Flavonoids in Cyclocarya paliurus Leaves. ACS Omega. Published.

Cai Chaonan, Xiao Jianhua, Ci Xiuqin, Conran G John, Li Jie(2021)Genetic diversity of Horsfeldia tetratepala (Myristicaceae), an endangered Plant Species with Extremely Small Populations to China: implications for its conservation. Plant Systematics and Evolution. published.


Duan Wenkai, Shao Wanlu, Lin Wenda, Yuan Ling, Lu Qiuwei, Chen Luxi, Zagorchev  Lyuben, Li Junmin(2021)Integrated metabolomics and transcriptomics reveal the differences in fruit quality of the red and white Fragaria pentaphylla morphs. Food Bioscience, published.

Zhou Li, Lu Qiuwei, Yang Beifen , Zagorchev  Lyuben, Li Junmin(2021)Integrated small RNA, mRNA, and degradome sequencing reveals the important role of miRNAs in the interactions between parasitic plant  Cuscuta australis and its host Trifolium repens. Scientia Horticulturae, published.


Robin Pouteau, Wilfried Thuiller, Carsten Hobohm, Caroline Brunel .....&Mark van Kleunen (2021) Climate and socio-economic factors explain differences between observed and expected naturalization patterns of European plants around the world. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Published.



Yuan L, Li JM, Yu FH, Oduor AMO & van Kleunen M (2021) Allelopathic and competitive interactions between native and alien plants. Biological Invasions, published.

Yuan YG, van Kleunen M & Li JM(2021) A parasite indirectly affects nutrient distribution by common mycorrhizal networks between host and neighboring plants. Ecology, e03339. (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3339)


Jin HF, Yuan YG&Li JM (2021) Host functional traits affect plant responses to pathogen stress: A meta-analysis. Acta Oecologica. published.

Yuan YG, Guo S, Yan M& Li JM (2021) Multi-generational effects of simulated herbivory and habitat types on the invasive weed Alternanthera philoxeroides: implications for biological control. Biological Invasions, published.

Lu QW, Liu J, Chen LX,Yang D, Shen JC, Li JM, Liston A, Ashman TL&Dong M (2020)ABA-regulated ploidy-related genes and non-structural carbon accumulation may underlie cold tolerance in tetraploid Fragaria moupinensis. Environmental and Experimental Botany, published.


van Kleunen M, Xu X , Yang Q , et al(2020)Economic use of plants is key to their naturalization success[J]. Nature Communications. published

Wang XJ, Su XL, Li JM&Zhu P(2020)Changes of lipid metabolism of Arabidopsis thaliana in response to oligochitosan treatment. Biological plantarum. published.

Ren ZC, Zagortchev L, Ma JX, Yan M& Li JM(2020) Predicting the potential distribution of the parasitic Cuscuta chinensis under global warming. BMC Ecology. published

Jin HF, Yuan YG, Gao FL, Oduor A& Li JM(2020)The invasive plant Solidago canadensis exhibits partial local adaptation to low salinity at germination but not at later life-history stages. American journal of botany. published.

Li JM, Qi CH, Gu JJ& Jin ZX(2020)Effect of sire population on the genetic diversity and fitness of F1 progeny in the endangered Chinese endemic Sinocalycanthus chinensis. Ecology and Evolution. published.

Wan JZ, Oduor A, Pouteau R, Wang BL, Chen LX, Yang BF, Yu FH, Li JM(2020) Can polyploidy confer invasive plants with a wider climatic tolerance? A test using Solidago canadensis. Ecology and Evolution. published. 

Brunel C, Yang BF, Pouteau RLi JM& van Kleunen M(2020)Responses of Rhizospheric Microbial Communities of Native and Alien Plant Species to Cuscuta Parasitism. Microbial Ecology. published.

Lin WD, Li YL, Lu QW, Lu HF& Li JM(2020)Combined analysis of the metabolome and transcriptome identified candidate genes involved in phenolic acid biosynthesis in the leaves of Cyclocarya paliurus. International journal of Molecular Sciences. published.

Shen JC, Shao WL, Du ZK, Lu HF& Li JM(2020)Integrated metabolomic and transcriptomic analyses reveal differences in the biosynthetic pathway of anthocyanins in Fragaria nilgerrensis and Fragaria pentaphylla. Scientia Horticulturae. published.

Li JM, Oduor MO A, Yu FH&Dong M(2019) A native parasitic plant and soil microorganisms facilitate a native plant co‐occurrence with an invasive plant. Ecology and Evolution,published.


Brunel, C., Beifen, Y., Pouteau, R.van Kleunen, M., Li, J. (2019). Responses of rhizospheric microbial communities of native and alien plant species to Cuscuta parasitism. Microbial Ecology, in press.

van Kleunen, M., Brumer, A., Gutbrod, L., Zhang, Z. (2019). A microplastic used as infill material in artificial sport turfs reduces plant growth. Plants, People, Planet, in press.

Liu, M., Pan, X., Zhang, Z., van Kleunen, M., Li, B. (2019).Testing the shifting defense hypothesis for constitutive and induced resistance and tolerance. Journal of Pest Science, in press.

Pouteau, R., Trueba, S., Isnard, S. (2019). Retracing the contours of the early angiosperm environmental niche. Annals of Botany, in press.

Pyšek, P., Guo, W.-Y., Stajerova, K., Moora, M., Bueno, G.C., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Gerz, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., van Kleunen, M., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Zobel, M. (2019). Facultative mycorrhizal associations promote plant naturalization worldwide. Ecosphere, in press.

van der Sande, M., Bruelheide, H., Dawson, W., Dengler, J., Essl, F., Field, R., Haider, S., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pagel, J., Pergl, J., Purschke, O., Pyšek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Attorre, F., Aubin, I., Bergmeier, E., Chytry, M., Dainese, M., De Sanctis, M., Fagundez, J., Golub, V., Guerin, G., Gutierrez, A., Jandt, U., Jansen, F., Jimenez-Alfaro, B., Kattge, J., Kearsley, E., Klotz, S., Kramer, K., Moretti, M., Niinemets, Ü., Peet, R., Penuelas, J., Petrik, P., Reich, P., Sandel, B., Schmidt, M., Sibikova, M., Violle, C., Whitfeld, T., Wohlgemuth, T., Knight, T. (2019). Similar factors underlie tree abundance in forests in native and alien ranges. Global Ecology and Biogeography, in press.

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