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East Asia Biodiversity Conservation Network




Resilient Dwarf Relict Platns Tell Stories


East Asian countries are geographically contiguous to each other and also share a long history as well as much cultural common ground. However, conflicts and disputes between countries have been frequent and intense. This hostile atmosphere resulted in a scientific apathy to the physical environment of neighbouring countries. To address this problem, the East Asia Biodiversity Network (EABCN) was established; its goal is to strengthen regional environmental cooperation in the field of biodiversity for a better understanding of the nature and ecosystem encompassing the unique and rich flora and vegetation of East Asia. We believe that this book, “Resilient Dwarf Relict Plants Tell Stories”, which is a continuation of the 2014 book by EABCN “Important Plants of East Asia: Plants tell stories,” can help people take interest in and understand the rich ecosystem of East Asia. This book may also provides new insights that will allow readers to see ten resilient dwarf relict plants as valuable indicator species for the reconstruction of natural history and for the prediction of what could happen if the current warming trend is maintained. A wide range of published literature and other relevant information, including web pages, give a detailed account of the classification, morphology, distribution, habitat environment, ecology, usage and conservation, natural history, and bio-diversity of these ten species with a focus on climate change. However, this literature is incomplete in that it does not summarize the findings from all ten species. The ten resilient dwarf relict plants consist of four gymnosperms, Pinus pumila (Pall.) Regel, Taxus caespitosa Nakai, Thuja koraiensis Nakai, and Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii A.Henry, and six angiosperms, Empetrum nigrum var. japonicum K.Koch, Diapensia lapponica var. obovata F. Schmidt, Rhododendron aureum Georgi, Arctous ruber (Rehder & E.H. Wilson) Nakai, Vaccinium vitis-idaea L., and Vaccinium uliginosum L. The main purpose of this work is to stimulate scientific collaboration and exchange of information among EABCN member countries to understand the past, present and future of plants and the environment in East Asia. This book also aims to encourage international cooperation and attention to save these resilient dwarf relict plants from the current global warming trend and anthropogenic disturbances. We aim to establish a sense of community in East Asia in order to preserve these and other plant species.

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