Liu Lab

Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, CAS



-  13 November 2023: Ma K, Fu Y*, Liu Y* (2023) The effects of microplastics on crop vary depending on the polymer types and their interaction with soil nutrient availability and weed competition. Plant Biology, Accepted.

-  21 September 2023: Congratulations to my first Chinese postdoc, Dr. Liping Shan, on having her second paper accepted by Global Change Biology. ------"Shan L, Oduor A, Liu Y* (2023) Herbivory and elevated levels of CO2 and nutrients separately, rather than synergistically, impact biomass production and allocation in invasive and native plants. Global Change Biology, Accepted."

-  25 August 2023: I am pleased to announce that my project has been funded by NSFC. A great news for my lab!

-  23 August 2023: Zhang X, Zhang T, Liu Y* (2023) Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on plant invasion success driven by nitrogen fluctuations. Journal of Applied Ecology, Accepted.

-  02 August 2023: Zeng J, Liu Y*, van Kleunen M (2023) Widely naturalized species are not more promiscuous in the use of different nitrogen forms, but benefit more from inorganic nitrogen. Biological Invasions, Accepted.

-  19 July 2023: Zhang X, van Kleunen M, Chang C, Liu Y* (2023) Soil microbes mediate the effects of environmental variability on plant invasion. Ecology, Accepted.

-  11 May 2023: Dr. Yanjie Liu has officially joined the Editorial Board of Journal of Ecology.

-  24 January 2023: Dr. Yanjie Liu has officially jointed the Editorial Board of Ecology, and will serve as a Subject-matter Editor for three years.




-  2 Decmber 2022: Zhang X, Oduor A, Liu Y (2022) Invasive plants have greater growth than co-occurring natives in live soil subjected to a drought-rewetting treatment. Functional Ecology, accepted.

-  29 November 2022: Dr. Ali Omer has successfully obtained the funding from Postdoctoral International Exchange Program for Incoming Postdoctoral Students, and will join our group as a Postdoc researcher in May 2023. 

-  21 November 2022:  Weclome Dr. Yingchun Pei, who has jointed our group as Postdoc researcher, focusing on the role of plant-AMF interaction on plant invasion.

-  21 October 2022: One Chinese review paper has been accpeted in Biodiversity Science. (刘艳杰,黄伟,杨强,郑玉龙,黎绍鹏,吴昊,鞠瑞亭,孙燕,丁建清. (2022) 近10年植物入侵生态学重要研究进展. 生物多样性, 已接收]

14 October 2022: Zhang Z, Liu Y, Hardrath A, Jin H, van Kleunen M (2022) Increases in multiple resources promote competitive ability of naturalized non-native plants. Communications Biology, accepted.

09 September 2022: Congratulations to Dr. Liping Shan, Dr. Yanmei Fu, Dr. Lu Xiao, Dr. Meng Hou, whoes projects are funded by NSFC. A real career milestone for them!!!

08 September 2022: Zhang Z, Pan M, Zhang X, Liu Y* (2022) Responses of invasive and native plants to different phosphorus availability and forms. American Journal of Botany, Accepted.

25 August 2022: Congratulations to Dr. Liping Shan, whose first manuscript in my lab was accepted by Ecological Applications.

         (Shan L, Oduor A, Huang W, Liu Y*. 2022. Increase in nutrient availability promotes success of invasive plants through increasing growth and decreasing anti-herbivory defenses, Ecological Applications)

08 June 2022: Jin H#, Chang L#, van Kleunen M, Liu Y*. 2022. Soil fauna may buffer the negative effects of drought on alien plant invasion. Journal of Ecology, Accepted.

03 March 2022: Congratulations to Yimin Yan, whose manuscript was accepted by Ecological Applications.

         (Yan Y#, Oduor A#, Li F, Xie Y, Liu Y*. 2022. Opposite effects of nutrient enrichment and herbivory by an alien snail on growth of an invasive macrophyte and native macrophytes, Ecological Applications)

04 February 2022: Our second light pollution experiment was accepted by Global Change Biology, thank all collaborators very much for their valuable contribution!

         (Liu Y*, Speißer B, Knop E, van Kleunen M. 2022. Matthew effect: common species become more common and rare ones become more rare in response to artificial light at night, Global Change Biology)

-  30 Januray 2022: Congratulations to Yanjun Li, whose manuscript was accepted by Functional Ecology.

         (Li Y, Gao Y, van Kleunen M, Liu Y*. 2022. Herbivory may mediate the effects of nutrients on the dominance of alien plants.

         Functional Ecology).





15 November 2021:  Wang L, Li Y*, Liu Y (2021)  Invasive herbaceous respond more negatively to elevated ozone concentration than native species, Diversity and Distributions, Accepted. Congratulations to Mr. Lichao Wang!! 

27 Auguest 2021: Congratulations to Zhengkuang Lu, whose first paper was accepted by Journal of Plant Ecology (Lu Z, Zhang X, Zhang H, Liu Y. 2021. Native woody legumes respond more negatively to extreme drought than invasive ones, Journal of Plant Ecology)

23 June 2021: Ms. Yan Zheng, Ms. Jiating Yang, Mr. Haoran Bai has jointed our group as Master students. Welcome!

23 June 2021: Weclome Ms Shuo Wang, who has jointed our group as Reserach Assistant and will focus on the potential light pollution effects on plants.

18 June 2021: Dr. Meng Hou has jointed our group as a Postdoc researcher. Welcome!!!

11 June 2021: We welcome Dr. Lu Xiao, who has jointed our group as an Research Associate.

04 February 2021: Liu Y, Oduor A, Dai Z, Gao F, Li J, Zhang X, Yu F* (2021) Suppression of a plant hormone gibberellin reduces growth of invasive plants more than native plants, Oikos, Accepted.

21 Januray 2021: Congratulations to Benedikt, whoes Bachelor Thesis was finially published on Journal of Ecology!

          Speisser B, Liu Y*, van Kleunen M (2021) Biomass responses of widely and less-widely naturalized alien plants to artificial light at night, Journal of Ecology, Accepted.




17 December 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Hongxiang Zhang on her promotion to full professor!!!

-  04 November 2020: Dr. Yanjie Liu accepted the invitation from BES, and will serve as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology.

-  27 September 2020: Also collaborating with Dr. Zhijie Zhang, our third paper (Effect of allelopathy on plant performance: a meta-analysis) was accepted by Ecology Letters!  All of us are happy with the productive collaboration, and we believe that more manuscripts will be out from collaborations in future.

-  25 August 2020: Collaborating with Dr. Zhijie Zhang from University of Konstanz, our second paper (Soil-microorganism-mediated invasional meltdown in plants) was officially accepted by Nature Ecology & Evolution! 

-  14 July, 2020: Zhang Z, Liu Y*, Brunel C, van Kleunen M (2020) Evidence for Elton's diversity-invasibility hypothesis from belowground. Ecology, Accepted!

-  03 July, 2020: Congratulations to Ms. Xue Zhang, who has been accepted as a PhD student in our group.


-  20 June, 2020: We welcome Mr. Lichao Wang, Ms. Huifei Jin, and Ms. Xiaoqing Zhang, who have jointed our group as an Research Assistant.


-  12 June, 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Yanmei Fu and Dr. Chunling Chang, who will join our lab as Research Associates soon.


-  21 May, 2020: Congratulations to Mr. Zaixing Ma and Mr. Kai Ma, who have been accepted as Master students in our group.


-  06 Januray, 2020: Liu M, Li H, Song J, Song M, Qiao N, Tian Y, Liu Y, Niu H (2020) Interactions between intercropped Avena sativa and Agropyron cristatum for nitrogen uptake. Plant and Soil, Online. doi:10.1007/s11104-019-04389-z.





-  18 October, 2019: Qi S, Liu Y, Dai Z, Wan L, Du D, Ju R, Wan J, Bonser S (2019) Allelopathy confers higher resistance in an invasive Wedelia to generalist herbivore and pathogen enemies compared to its native congener. Oecologia, Accepted.


-  17 July, 2019:  Zhang X, Dai Z, Gao F, Du D, Liu Y (2019) The role of long-distance dispersal and mycorrhizas on plant colonisation within mainland Germany. Flora, Accepted.


 - 11 July, 2019:  We welcome Dr. Liping Shan, who has jointed our group as an Research Associate.


-  10 July, 2019:  Dr. Yanjie Liu accepted the appointment from Wiley, and will serve as Subject Editor for Oikos.


-   1 July, 2019:  Ms. Yi Peng has joined our group as the secretary to the Plant Ecology group.


-   5 June, 2019:  Dr. Yanjie Liu accepted the appointment from Springer Nature, and will serve as Handling Editor for Oecologia.


-  19 April, 2019:  Dr. Hongxiang Zhang has joined our group as an associate professor, welcome!


-  12 January, 2019: Y Liu & M van Kleunen. (2019) Nitrogen acquisition of Central European herbaceous plants that differ in their global naturalization success. Functional Ecology, accepted!

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