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Warming-induced shifts on Tibetan Plateau: the overlooked ants and their ecological impacts
Liao, Jingkang1,2; Lu, Mingzhen3,4; Gu, Huijie5,6; Luo, Binyu7; Jing, Xin1,2; He, Jin-Sheng1,2,5,6
2023-10-04
Online publication date2023-10
Source PublicationLANDSCAPE ECOLOGY   Impact Factor & Quartile
ISSN0921-2973 ; 1572-9761
EISSN1572-9761
page numbers10
AbstractContextTibetan alpine ecosystems are among the world's fastest-warming natural systems, and consequently, are expected to undergo dramatic changes in their ecological processes. However, despite the importance of ants in mediating these ecological processes, it remains unclear how they will respond to the rapid climate warming on the Tibetan Plateau.ObjectivesIn this perspective piece, we aim to establish a baseline understanding of the spatial distribution of ants on the Tibetan Plateau, to evaluate how these ants respond to climate change such as warming at both local and regional scales, and to identify future research avenues that can elucidate the impacts of warming-induced ant expansion.MethodsWe first present the results of a long-term climate manipulation experiment on how ants respond to warming in a Tibetan alpine grassland. Next, we evaluated the current and future distribution of ants on the Tibetan Plateau using the MaxEnt model with data compiled from existing field survey of ant species in the region. Finally, we synthesize published studies to review the ecosystem functions in which ants are involved on the Tibetan Plateau and identify gaps in current research.ResultsFrom our field warming experiment, we found that ant abundance significantly increased from 2017 to 2022. For our region-scale analysis, we found that the distribution of ants on the Tibetan Plateau will expand with future warming. Lastly, we identify a few key gaps in our knowledge of ants' ecological impacts (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions, trophic network, and the interplay between the different ecosystem properties).ConclusionsOur results suggest that ants are widespread on the Tibetan Plateau, and involved in several important ecosystem processes with significant impacts on soils, plants, microbes and Tibetan faunas. With rapid climate warming, their abundance, and ecological functions will further lead to unknown far-reaching impacts on the health of the ecosystem, food web dynamics, and nutrient cycling of Tibetan alpine ecosystems. We call for more research activities to address critical knowledge gaps that have not been explicitly assessed in this important geographic region.
KeywordAlpine grassland Ants Climate change experiment Global warming Regime shifts Tibetan Plateau
PublisherSPRINGER
DOI10.1007/s10980-023-01770-3
Indexed BySCIE
Language英语
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Physical Geography ; Geology
WOS SubjectEcology ; Geography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:001075472100001
Original Document TypeArticle ; Early Access
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttps://ir.lzu.edu.cn/handle/262010/568374
Collection兰州大学
Corresponding AuthorLu, Mingzhen
Affiliation
1.Lanzhou Univ, State Key Lab Herbage Improvement & Grassland Agro, Lanzhou 730020, Peoples R China;
2.Lanzhou Univ, Coll Pastoral Agr Sci & Technol, Lanzhou 730020, Peoples R China;
3.Santa Fe Inst, 1399 Hyde Pk Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA;
4.NYU, Dept Environm Studies, New York, NY 10012 USA;
5.Peking Univ, Coll Urban & Environm Sci, Dept Ecol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China;
6.Peking Univ, Key Lab Earth Surface Proc Minist Educ, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China;
7.Lanzhou Univ, Coll Ecol, State Key Lab Grassland Agroecosyst, Lanzhou 730000, Peoples R China
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Liao, Jingkang,Lu, Mingzhen,Gu, Huijie,et al. Warming-induced shifts on Tibetan Plateau: the overlooked ants and their ecological impacts[J]. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY,2023.
APA Liao, Jingkang,Lu, Mingzhen,Gu, Huijie,Luo, Binyu,Jing, Xin,&He, Jin-Sheng.(2023).Warming-induced shifts on Tibetan Plateau: the overlooked ants and their ecological impacts.LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY.
MLA Liao, Jingkang,et al."Warming-induced shifts on Tibetan Plateau: the overlooked ants and their ecological impacts".LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (2023).
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