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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.


New paper in Ecology
May, 2023
Frontier Conference of Plant Science
July, 2022

From July 18-21, 2022, the first Frontier Conference of Plant Science was held in Nanjing. The conference was hosted by the Chinese Botanical Society, co-organized by the State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology of Nanjing University, Jiangsu Botanical Society, and Jiangsu Plant Physiology Society.

Wu Weihua, the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the central chairman of the Jiusan Society, and the president of the Chinese Botanical Society, delivered a video speech, and Xu Zhihong, the honorary chairman of the Chinese Botanical Society, Zhong Kang, the chairman, and Cao Xiaofeng, the executive director, as well as more than 600 representatives from 149 scientific research institutes and universities in 28 provinces, cities, autonomous regions across the country, attended the meeting for exchange.


The conference hope everyone will continue to focus on the technological issues in the development of plant science related industries, conduct research on key technological issues in industries such as original theories, cutting-edge technologies, green agricultural products, and ecological protection, and assist in China's green development.

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From left to right:Hanyang Lin, Hangkai Pan, Ling Yuan, Yongge Yuan, Yutian Tao, Chaonan Cai, Li Zhou
Plant Genomics Academic Seminar & Evolutionary Ecology Forum
November, 2021

From November 13 to 15, the "2021 Plant Genomics Academic Seminar and the Eighth evolutionary ecology Forum" jointly sponsored by the Zhejiang Botanical Society, the Zhejiang evolutionary ecology and Conservation Key Laboratory of Plants, the Zhejiang ecology first-class discipline and the Zhejiang Academician Expert Workstation was held in the international conference hall of Jiaojiang Campus of Taizhou University.

13 experts and scholars, including Dong Ming, deputy director of the Academic Committee of the Key Laboratory of Plant evolutionary ecology and Conservation of Zhejiang Province, winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and professor of Hangzhou Normal University, attended the meeting. Professor Li Junmin, Vice President of Taizhou University, Director of the Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant evolutionary ecology and Conservation, Vice President of Zhejiang Botanical Society, delivered a speech, and Professor Zhao Yunpeng, a young realist of Zhejiang University and Director of the Youth Working Committee of Zhejiang Botanical Society, presided over the forum.


Li Junmin, on behalf of Taizhou University and Zhejiang Botanical Society, welcomed and thanked the experts and scholars attending this forum in his speech. After briefly introducing the development prospects of ecological genomics and the development and construction of the ecological discipline in our school, she expressed a good vision for the future development of the ecological discipline. She stated that the Zhejiang Botanical Society will be committed to building bridges and platforms for the exchange of scientific researchers in the fields of botany and ecology with a high sense of responsibility and mission, and promoting innovation and development in the field of botany in Zhejiang Province.

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Yuan YG, Gao FL, Yu FH, Li JM & Li MH (2023) Resource availability and parasitism intensity influence the response of soybean to the parasitic plant Cuscuta australis. Frontiers in Plant Science (DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2023.1177154)

Lin HY, Chen L & Li JM (2023) Multiple introductions and distinct genetic groups of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) in China revealed by genomic single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Plants (DOI: 10.3390/plants12091734)

Cai CN, Zhao YY, Yuan YG & Li JM (2023) Parasitism shifts the effects of native soil microbes on the growth of the invasive plant Alternanthera philoxeroides. Life (DOI: 10.3390/life13010150)

Liu DJ, Semenchuk P, Essl F, Lenzner B, Moser D, Blackburn TM, Cassey P, Biancolini D, Capinha C, Dawson W, Dyer EE, Guénard B, Economo EP, Kreft H, Pergl J, Pyšek P, van Kleunen M, Nentwig W, Rondinini C, Seebens H, Weigelt P, Winter M, Purvis A & Dullinger S (2023) The impact of land use on non-native species incidence and number in local assemblages worldwide. Nature Communications ( DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-37571-0 )

Dong R, Dong BC, Fu QY, Yang Q, Dai ZC, Luo FL, Gao JQ, Yu FH & van Kleunen M (2023) E-commerce: A novel introduction pathway for cultivated alien plants with high invasion potential in China. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America (DOI: 10.1002/bes2.2052)

Dong R, Dong BC, Fu QY, Yang Q, Dai ZC, Luo FL, Gao JQ, Yu FH & van Kleunen M (2023) Cultivated alien plants with high invasion potential are more likely to be traded online in China. Ecological Applications (DOI:10.1002/eap.2811)

Holmes R, Pelser P, Barcelona J, Tjitrosoedirdjo SS, Wahyuni I, van Kleunen M, Pyšek P, Essl F, Kreft H, Dawson W, Wijedasa L, Kortz A, Hejda M, Berrio JC, Siregar I & Williams M (2023) The naturalized vascular flora of Malesia. Biological Invasion  (DOI: 10.1007/s105330-022-02989-y)

Cai LR, Kreft H, Taylor A, Denelle P, Schrader J, Essl F, van Kleunen M, Pergl J, Pyšek P, Stein A, Winter M, Barcelona JF, Fuentes N, Inderjit I, Karger D, Kartesz J, Kuprijanov A, Nishino M, Nickrent D, Nowak A, Patzelt A, Pelser P, Singh P, Wieringa J & Weigelt P (2023) Global models and predictions of plant diversity based on advanced machine learning techniques. New Phytologist  (DOI: 10.1111/nph.18533)

Kinlock NL, Adams D & van Kleunen M (2023) An ecological and evolutionary perspective of the historical United States nursery flora. Plants, People, Planet  (DOI: 10.1002/ppp3.10336)

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