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State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change (LVEC)
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The State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change (LVEC) was officially approved for construction by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in October 2007. It was developed from the Open Laboratory for Vegetation Numerical Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which was founded in November 1989.

The main research themes of the laboratory cover vegetation pattern and evolvement, biodiversity and ecological conservation, response and adaptation to global change, biogeochemical cycle, and prataculture ecology and sustainability. The director of the Academic Committee is Academician FANG Jingyun and the director of the laboratory is Prof. ZHANG Wenhao.

The LVEC is composed of 22 research groups, a CERN sub-center for biology, 8 field ecological stations, and one analytical and testing center. Among the field ecological stations, 4 stations are funded by MOST, and 4 stations belong to Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN, CAS). There are more than 200 instruments with the value of nearly 50 million yuan.

There are 94 academic staff in LVEC, including one CAS Member, 5 scientists entitled Distinguished Young Investigators by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and 5 scientists entitled Excellent Young Scholars by NSFC. Currently, there are more than 250 graduate students in the LVEC.

Several competitive projects funded by MOST, NSF and CAS are undertaken by staff at LVEC, including National Key Research and Development Projects, National Basic Research Program of China, NSFC key projects and NSFC Outstanding Young Scientists Projects.

In 2020, more than 180 research papers were published in international journals including Nat. Commun., Sci. Bull., Glob. Change Biol., Biol. Rev., New Phytol., J. Ecol., Ecology etc.


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