Liu Lab

Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, CAS

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35. Zhang X, van Kleunen M, Chang C, Liu Y* (202x) Soil microbes mediate the effects of environmental variability on plant invasion, BioRxiv ( .


34. Shan L, Oduor A, Huang W, Liu Y* (202x) Increase in nutrient availability promotes success of invasive plants through increasing growth and decreasing anti-herbivory defenses, BioRxiv (.


33. Zhang Z, Liu Y*, Hardrath A, Jin H, van Kleunen M (202x) Increases in multiple resources promote plant invasion, BioRxiv (.


32. Yan Y#, Oduor A#, Li F, Xie Y, Liu Y* (202x) Opposite effects of nutrient enrichment and herbivory by an alien snail on growth of an invasive macrophyte and native macrophytes, BioRxiv (.


31. Zeng J, Liu Y*, van Kleunen M (202x) Widely naturalized species are not more promiscuous in the use of different nitrogen forms, but benefit more from inorganic nitrogen , BioRxiv ( .


30. Liu Y*, Speißer B, Knop E, van Kleunen M (202x) Matthew effect: common species become more common and rare ones become more rare in response to artificial light at night, BioRxiv (. Global Change Biology (In revision).


29. Li Y, Gao Y, van Kleunen M, Liu Y* (202x) Interactive effects of herbivory and the level and fluctuations of nutrient availability on dominance of alien plants in synthetic native communities, BioRxiv (. Functional Ecology (In revision).


  1. 28. Jin H#, Chang L#, van Kleunen M, Liu Y* (202x) Soil fauna may buffer the negative effects of drought on alien plant invasion, BioRxiv (), Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (In revision).
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  1. 27. Wang L, Li Y*, Liu Y (2021) Invasive herbaceous respond more negatively to elevated ozone concentration than native species, Diversity and Distribution (Accepted).

26. Qin W, Tao Z, Wang Y, Liu Y, Huang W*. (2021) Research progress and prospect on the impacts of resource pulses on alien plant invasion. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 6: 573-582. (In Chinese) [秦文超, 陶至彬, 王永健, 刘艳杰, 黄伟. (2021) 资源脉冲对外来植物入侵影响的研究进展和展望. 植物生态学报, 6: 573-582.]

  2. 25. 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, accepted.
  1. 24. 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, 130: 781-789.
  3. 23. 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, 109: 1819-1827.




22. Zhang Z, Liu Y*, Yuan L, Ewald W, van Kleunen M (2020) Effect of allelopathy on plant performance: a meta‐analysis, Ecology Letters, 24: 348-362.

21. Zhang Z, Liu Y*, Brunel C, van Kleunen M (2020) Evidence for Elton's diversity‐invasibility hypothesis from belowground, Ecology, 101: e03187.

20. Zhang Z, Liu Y*, Brunel C, van Kleunen M (2020) Soil-microorganism-mediated invasional meltdown in plants, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4: 1612-1621.


19. 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, 447: 611-621.


18. Qi S, Liu Y, Dai Z, Wan L, Du D, Ju R, Wan J, Bonser S (2020) Allelopathy confers higher resistance in an invasive Wedelia to generalist herbivore and pathogen enemies compared to its native congener. Oecologia, 192: 415-423.




  1. 17. 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, 258: 151443.
  3. 16. Liu Y*, van Kleunen M (2019) Nitrogen acquisition of Central European herbaceous plants that differ in their global naturalization success. Functional Ecology, 33: 566-575.




  1. 15. Liu Y#*, Zhang X#, van Kleunen M* (2018) Increases and fluctuations in nutrient availability do not promote dominance of alien plants in synthetic communities of common natives. Functional Ecology, 32: 2594-2604.
  3. 14. Liu Y#*, Liu M#, Xu X*, Tian Y, Zhang Z & van Kleunen M (2018) The effects of changes in water and nitrogen availability on alien plant invasion into a stand of a native grassland species. Oecologia, 188: 441-450.
  5. 13. Zhang Z*, Deng L, Wang L, Liu J, Li D, Liu Y* (2018) Effects of Phragmites australis extracts on the growth of invasive plant Alternanthera philoxeroides. Allelopathy Journal,45: 55-64.




  1. 12. Liu Y*, van Kleunen M. (2017) Responses of common and rare aliens and natives to nutrient availability and fluctuations. Journal of Ecology, 105: 1111-1122.
  3. 11. Liu YZ, Miao R, Chen A, Miao Y, Liu YJ, Wu X. (2017) Effects of nitrogen addition and mowing on reproductive phenology of three early-flowering forb species in a Tibetan alpine meadow. Ecological Engineering, 99: 119-125.
  5. 10. Liu Y#, Oduor O#, Zhang Z#, Manea A, Tooth I, Leishman M, Xu X*, van Kleunen M. (2017) Do invasive alien plants benefit more from global environmental change than native plants? Global Change Biology, 23: 3363-3370.




  1. 9. Jia J, Dai Z, Li F, Liu Y*. (2016) How will global environmental changes affect the growth of alien plants? Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1623.
  3. 8. Liu Y*, Dawson W, Prati D, Haeuser E, Feng Y, van Kleunen M. (2016) Does greater specific-leaf-area plasticity help plants to maintain a high performance when shaded? Annals of Botany, 118: 1329-1336.
  5. 7. Liu Y, Zhang L, Xu X, Niu H*. (2016) Understanding the wide geographic range of a clonal perennial grass: plasticity versus local adaptation. AoB Plants, 8: plv141.
  7. 6. Liu Y, Xu N, Niu H*. (2016) Response patterns of foliar δ13C and δ15N to environmental factors for the dominant plants in Inner Mongolia steppe, China. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 36: 235-243. (In Chinese) [刘艳杰, 许宁, 牛海山. (2016) 内蒙古草原常见植物叶片 δ13C 和 δ15N 对环境因子的响应. 生态学报, 30: 334-338.]




  1. 5. Liu Y, Li Y, Zhang L, Xu X, Niu H*. (2015) Effects of sampling method on foliar δ13C of Leymus chinensis at different scales. Ecology and Evolution, 5, 1068-1075.




  1. 4. Liu Y, Zhang L, Niu H*, Sun Y, Xu X. (2014) Habitat-specific differences in plasticity of foliar δ13C in temperate steppe grasses. Ecology and Evolution, 4: 648-655.




  1. 3. Liu Y, Zhang L, Niu H*, Zhong Y, Xu X, Zhang C. (2013) Effects of precipitations on water use efficiency of Stipa grandis. Journal of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 30: 334-338. (In Chinese) [刘艳杰, 张立荣, 牛海山, 仲延凯, 徐兴良, 张翠芳.  (2013) 降雨量对大针茅水分利用效率的影响.中国科学院大学学报, 36: 235-243.]
  3. 2. Liu Y, Niu H*, Xu X. (2013) Foliar δ13C response patterns along a moisture gradient arising from genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in grassland species of Inner Mongolia. Ecology and Evolution, 3: 262-267.




1. Qi W*, Niu H, Wang S, Liu Y, Zhang L. (2012) Simulation of effects of warming on carbon budget in alpine meadow ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 32: 1713-1722. (In Chinese) [亓伟伟*; 牛海山; 汪诗平; 刘艳杰; 张立荣; 增温对青藏高原高寒草甸生态系统固碳通量影响的模拟研究, 生态学报, 2012, 32(6): 1713-1722. ]




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