Resource Details

Nurse plant theory and its application in ecological restoration in lower subtropics of China

Literature: Journal Articles Available at NO COST

Ren H., Yang L., Liu N., 2007. "Nurse plant theory and its application in ecological restoration in lower subtropics of China." Progress in Natural Science, vol. 18, pp. 137-142.

Contact Info



  • Heshan National Field Research Station of Forest Ecosystem, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China


Available at NO COST:

Progress in Natural Science

Species Info

  • Evolvulus alsinoides
  • Phyllanthus cochinchinensis
  • Acacia auriculaeformis
  • Psychotria rubra
  • Pithecellobium clypearia
  • Syzygium hancei
  • Neyraudia montana
  • Rhodomyrtus tomentosa
  • Pinus massoniana
  • Schima superba
  • Castanopsis chinensis
  • Cryptocarya concinna
  • Sonneratia apetala
  • Rhizophora stylosa
  • Kandelia candel
  • Acacia auriculaeformis
  • Acacia mangium


  • This study examines the nurse tree effect mechanisms ,ecological factors that influence nursing effect and relationships between nurse plant and ecological restoration.
  • It lists different pairs of nurse and target tree species, moving from the broader description of such pairs to research findings of case studies in several locations in lower subtropical China.
  • It examines the positive and negative feedback loops between nurse trees and (target) species underneath and explains why the nursing effect happens in the first place.
  • Overall this paper is trying to give a comprehensive review on where the nurse tree research as a whole is currently standing.

Geographical Region

  • Other-China
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • China
  • This database is a work in progress, and we need your input to keep it up to date. Feel free to contact ELTI at to provide information on your own work as well as other projects and literature currently missing from the database.


    ELTI is a joint initiative of:
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute