Biodiv Sci ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 574-582.  DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14116

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Phylogenetic structure of individuals with different DBH sizes in a deciduous broad-leaved forest community in the temperate-subtropical ecological transition zone, China

Siyuan Ren1, Ting Wang1,*(), Yan Zhu2, Yongzhong Ye1, Zhiliang Yuan1, Cong Li3, Na Pan1, Luxin Li1   

  1. 1 Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450002
    2 State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093
    3 Xinzheng Meteorological Bureau, Xinzheng, Henan 451100
  • Received:2014-06-06 Accepted:2014-09-28 Online:2014-09-20 Published:2014-10-09
  • Contact: Wang Ting


Phylogenetic structure of a community could effectively reflect underlying ecological processes of a community. Understanding phylogenetic structure of a community will help reveal the ecological processes associated with community dynamics. Data in a 1-ha plot were divided into quadrats at three spatial scales (10 m×10 m, 20 m×20 m, and 25 m×25 m) and three DBH sizes (1 cm ≤ DBH<5 cm, 5 cm ≤ DBH<10 cm, DBH ≥ 10 cm) to compare phylogenetic structures and to infer ecological processes of the community in a deciduous broad-leaved forest in the Baotianman National Nature Reserve. It was shown that NRI (net relatedness index) and NTI (net nearest taxa index) decreased with increasing spatial scales and DBH sizes. These results indicated that, phylogenetic structure of this community were overdispersed at different spatial scales and DBH sizes; and phylogenetic density dependence exerted higher effect on lager DBH classes than smaller ones. Our results suggested that phylogenetic density dependence is an important mechanism in regulating species diversity and shaping community structure of the deciduous broad-leaved forest in the temperate-subtropical ecological transition zone of China.

Key words: deciduous broad-leaved forest, phylogenetic structure, density dependence, spatial scale, DBH sizes