Karst Ecosystem

Vegetation Recovery in Karst Areas in Central Guizhou, China

  • 1 Forest Resource and Environment Research Center of Guizhou Province, Guizhou University, Guiyang 550025, China;
    2 Puding Karst Ecosystem Research Station of Guizhou Province, Puding 562100, China

Online published: 2015-07-30


Due to the unique environment of karst landscapes, there are many uncertainties regarding the recovery of vegetation following human disturbance. Through standard wood parsing and growth ring investigation in Puding county in Guizhou province, China, we studied the process of vegetation restoration in karst areas. According to our results, during the recovery of karst vegetation height increases and ground diameter enlargement of tree layers occurred. Increases in the height and ground diameter followed logarithmic and growth curves, respectively. The development time of trees showed continuity, and growth points were randomly distributed. However, with large propagule quantities, vegetation can be directly restored and developed into a secondary high forest without a grass filling stage, and the recovery time is shortened.

Cite this article

CHEN Ping and ZHOU Yunchao . Vegetation Recovery in Karst Areas in Central Guizhou, China[J]. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2015 , 6(4) : 276 -280 . DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2015.04.012