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Brief Introduction to Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology
Author: Lu Huazheng
Update time: 2013-03-26
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The Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology (TFE), formerly known as Open Laboratory of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Research and Management, was established in 2008. TFE is engaged in basic research in tropical and subtropical forest ecology and is directly affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). TFE will be an integrated world-class-level research platform on tropical and subtropical forest ecology, and will help both to enhance ecology research in China and  bring up a number of senior specialized personnel on tropical ecology in Southeast Asia. It will contribute scientifically to sound research on tropical biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
 TFE's overall development objective is "for the national strategic needs, aiming at the international forefront of tropical forest ecology, to carry out basic research on forest ecology in tropical and subtropical areas in China, making it a well-known institute in China and abroad for scientific research, technological innovation and personnel training ".
There are 72 permanent staff in the TFE, with 16 professors and 21 associate professors. Generally, visiting scholars or post-doctors are about 8. Meanwhile, master or doctor candidates are about 150 in TFE.


There are 13 research groups in TFE. They are:
Forest ecology group, Global change research group, Ecological evolution group, Plant ecophysiology group, Invasion ecology group, Ecology & evolution of plant-animal interaction, Co-evolution group, Chemical ecology group, Restoration ecology group, Plant evolution ecology group, Plant molecular biology group, Molecular biology group, Landscape ecology group, Palaeoecology research group.
There are 3 field stations in TFE. They are:
Ailaoshan Station for Subtropical Forest Ecosystem Studies
Yuanjiang Hot and Dry Valley Observation Station
Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Station
The number of articles published in SCI journal is about 80 each year.
NO. of
Top journals e.g.
Global change biology, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, etc.
Tree physiology, Ecology letters, Agricultural and forest meteorology, etc.
Ecological monographs, Tree physiology, Oecologia, Soil biology and biochemistry, etc.
PNAS, Ecology, Tree physiology, etc.
Ecology Letters,Plant Journal, Journal of Geophysical Research,Forest Ecology and Management, Molecular Ecology, etc.
Visits & communication:
There were nearly 200 foreign guests or visiting scholars from more than 20 countries to participate in international meetings, training, joint research or academic exchanges; meanwhile, for researchers, there were more than 40 trips to the United States, Britain and more than 10 countries and regions to attend international conferences, studies or training.



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