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Cushion plants as critical pioneers and engineers in alpine ecosystems across the Tibetan Plateau
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  • Yi Wang,
  • Jian Sun,
  • Biying Liu,
  • Jinniu Wang,
  • Tao Zeng
Yi Wang
Sun Yat-Sen University
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Jian Sun
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Biying Liu
Sun Yat-Sen University
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Jinniu Wang
Chengdu Institute of Biology,Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Tao Zeng
Chengdu University of Technology
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Abstract

Cushion plants are widely representative species of the alpine ecosystem due to their vital roles in the abiotic and biotic environments, ecological succession processes, and ecosystem engineering. Importantly, Cushion plants, such as Androsace L. and Arenaria L., can be regarded as critical pioneers of ecosystem health, restoration and sustainability across the Tibetan Plateau because these plants (i) exhibit tenacious vitality, regulate regional climates, substrates and soil nutrients and keep warmth in extreme regions; (ii) facilitate relationships with surrounding and maintain the diversity of above- and below-ground communities; and (iii) have high sensitivity to environmental changes, which can indicate grassland ecosystem health and resilience in the context of global change.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

11 May 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
12 May 2021Assigned to Editor
12 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
14 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
03 Jun 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor