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Research Groups > Research group of Plant Taxonomy  

Research Interests

Mainly on Plant Taxonomy of Eastern Asian seed plants
1. The Taxonomic Literature of Eastern Asian Higher Plants
2. Alien Invasive Plant of China
3. Shanghai Metroflora
4. Systematics and Taxonomy ofEuonymus (Celastraceae)
5. Taxonomic Revision of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) in Eastern and Southern Asia
6. Natural History of Metasequoia, a living fossil
7. Taxonomic Revision of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) of Eastern and Southern Asia
8. History of Plant Taxonomy in China

Major Ongoing Projects

1Invasive Flora of China

The invasion of alien species has becoming a worldwide hotspot, and how to prevent the serious damage of alien invasive species to local ecosystems and biodiversity has become a major problem to all human, especially like developing country of China. Currently, invasive plants of China has been a serious threat to our environment, biodiversity, economic and human security, especially since the reform and opening up since 1980s, with the globalization of trade and the extensive movement of population, the spread of invasive plants is increased rapidly. However, there is no one complete information of invasive plants in China, from which we can learn that how many species have become hazardous or been potentially harmful, what are the natural and geographical factors in their home origin, their biological and ecological characteristics, the invasive ways, distribution and the damagement of their invasion, the nature and the trend of the invasion, how to prevent and treat, and so on.

In this project, great efforts will be made to collect comprehensive literatures of invasive plants in China and abroad. As result, more than 3,000 literatures were consulted, which involved in all aspects of invasive plants, such as taxonomy, ecology, physiology, molecular biology and sociology. According to these literatures, more than 800 species of invasive plants in China, belongs to 92 families and 445 genera in vascular plants, has been catalogued.

The distribution patterns of alien invasive species in China were preliminary learned through analyzing the distribution of invasive plants in each province and the number of species in special areas. Moreover, in order to learn the spread and distribution of invasive plants, we cooperated with other universities and research institutes throughout of China to inspect and recorded specimens of these invasive plants. Hopefully, Invasive Flora of China will be primary target in near future!

2Shanghai Metroflora Project

Shanghai, a metropolitan city of China, has been developed rapidly in the past more than thirty years since China opened their door to the world! However, the ecology and environment of Shanghai has suffered great changes since then. So far, two volumes of Flora of Shanghai (1999) recorded plant information nearly 30 years ago, but there is no further updated since then. Especially with the increase of alien plants sharply and the expansion of residential area, the existing flora can’t meet the need of further development in Shanghai. Such the basic data of flora of Shanghai is needed to be updated urgently.

The project will collect all of data both of native and naturalized vascular plants comprehensively throughout Shanghai within area nearly 7000 km2, and their distribution and status of all of vascular plants will be surveyed in order to provide evidence not only for protection and utilization of urban living resources but also for reconstruction and recovery of natural habitats.

Based on investigation of plant species, the Shanghai Metroflora Project has planned to gridding of about 320 squares of 5 by 5 km, and sorting out the data of plant species, about 151 families 602 genera and 1198 wild species, and 154 families 727 genera 1792 cultivated species,. And the research work will cover the dynamic changes of both native plants and naturalized plants in Shanghai, including their historical and current situation, and present all information of plants including their basic information of habitat and distribution within 18 Districts (Counties) of Shanghai.

3Systematics and Taxonomy ofEuonymus (Celastraceae)

Euonymus (Celastraceae), with about 130 species worldwide, is one of the largest genera of Celastraceae. Five sections within the genus, based mainly on fruit characters, were recognized. However, their system and evolution within the genus have not been solved properly. This work, combined with both classical and modern methods, will fully investigate its system and evolution through most of species available.

Selected Publication

1. Jinshuang MA. 2010, Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Vascular Plants in North America Originated from East Asia. Acta Botanica Yunnanica, supl XVII : 1-18.
2. Jinshuang MA. 2010, A Review of Leafy Spurge, Euphorbia esula (Euphorbiaceae). Acta Botanica Yunnanica, supl XVII : 19-45.
3. Jinshuang MA, 2011, The Outline of Taxonomic Literature of Eastern Asian Higher Plants, 505 pages, Higher Education Press, Beijing (in Chinese with English contact).
4. Xiaoling YAN, Jinshuang MA. 2011. Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China. Plant Diversity and Resources, 33(1): 132-142.
5. Xiaoling YAN, Haiyang SHOU, Jinshuang MA, 2012, The Problem and Status of the Alien Invasive Plants in China, Plant Diversity and Resources , 34(3): 1-28 (in Chinese with English abstract).
6. Haiyang SHOU, Xiaoling YAN, Jinshuang MA. 2012, Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China (2), Plant Diversity and Resources , 34(4): 347-353.
7. Jinshuang MA, Yan LIU & Fanan WEI, 2013, A new species of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) from Guangxi, China, Phytotaxa 87 (3): 45–49.

PUBLICATIONS (all in English except note)

1. Yan X. L. Shou H. Y. & J. S. Ma, 2012, The Problem and Status of the Alien Invasive Plants in China, Plant Diversity and Resources 34(3): 287-313 (Chinese with English abstract).
2. Wang Y., Li H. R., B. J. Ge & J. S. Ma, 2012, Review on Shanghai Vascular Plants, Guihaia 32(6): 854-859 (Chinese with English abstract).
3. Shou, H. Y., Yan X. L. & J. S. Ma, 2012, Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China (II), Plant Diversity and Resources 34(4): 347-353.
4. Ma, J. S., 2012, The endemic conifers of Asia: Comparison and analysis, Japanese Journal of Palynology 58 (Special Issue): 303, the Abstracts of IPC / IOPC 2012.
5. Ma, J.S. & H. B. Chen 2012, Prof. Joyce Ching-Yung Cheng (1913-2012, with publication list), Plant Diversity and Resources 34(6): 633-634 (Chinese).
6. Ma, J.S. 2012, New Book: "Plant Systematics", Chinese edition, Plant Diversity and Resources 34(6): 631-632 (Chinese).
7. Shou H. Y. & J. S. Ma, 2012, Book Review: "Exotic Plants in China", Plant Diversity and Resources 34(4): 417-418 (Chinese).

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Team Members

Principal Investigator (PI)
MA Jinshuang, Ph.D, Professor
Tel: 86-21-67657816 Fax: 86-21-67657811
E-mail: majinshuang@sibs.ac.cn, jinshuangma@gmail.com
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences / Chenshan Botanical Garden
3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang Shanghai 201602 China

Education Background
Ph D: 1985-1987, Plant Taxonomy, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China
Master: 1982-1985, Dendrology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China
Bachelor: 1978-1982, Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China

Experience
Since 2010: Professor and Vice Director, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences / Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Songjiang, Shanghai, China
2009 – 2010: Research Scientist, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, China
2001 - 2009: Research Taxonomist, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn, NY, USA
1995 - 2001: Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
1994 - 1995: Curator of the Herbarium BNU & Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
1988 - 1994: Associate Professor of Department of Biology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Research Assistants(in alphabetical order)

DU Cheng
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
E-mail: caragana_tu@hotmail.com

LI Huiru
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
E-mail: wwwlihuiru@163.com
SHOU Haiyang
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-920
E-mail: shouhy@126.com
WANG Yuan
Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
E-mail: wangyuanensis@gmail.com

YAN Xiaoling
Ph.D., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-920
E-mail: sx_yxl@163.com

ZUO Yunjuan
Ph D., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
E-mail: zuo.yunjuan@gmail.com

 

 
 
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