Special Issues

Ecology, Diversity and Conservation of Rare and Endangered Plant Species

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2024 View: 15 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Dr. Monika Szczecińska, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland


In the past decades, progressing climate change and environmental degradation have led to extinction of many plants or severely confined their geographic ranges. Many plant species that had a continuous distribution pattern in the early 20th century have since acquired the status of rare and threatened species (IUCN). It is assumed that currently rare and endangered plant species account for about 40% of the world's flora. In an era of rapid habitat loss and climate change one of the key goals in species preservation is to deepen our understanding of biology, ecology and environmental forces responsible for shaping genetic diversity of these species.   

Under this perspective, the special issue aims at highlighting that learning about ecology, biology and genetic resources is extremely important for the protection of these species.

Therefore, this special issue is proposed to explore the latest advances in research on the topic. We welcome submissions of both original research and review articles. 


Rare and endangered plant species, conservation genetics, population biology, population genomics

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Potentially Suitable Area and Change Trends of Tulipa iliensis under Climate Change

    Douwen Qin, Weiqiang Liu, Jiting Tian, Xiuting Ju
    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.93, No.5, pp. 981-1005, 2024, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2024.049668
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Ecology, Diversity and Conservation of Rare and Endangered Plant Species)
    Abstract Tulipa iliensis, as a wild plant resource, possesses high ornamental value and can provide abundant parental materials for tulip breeding. The objective of this research was to forecast the worldwide geographical spread of Tulipa iliensis by considering bioclimatic, soil, and topographic variables, the findings of this research can act as a benchmark for the conservation, management, and utilization of Tulipa iliensis as a wild plant resource. Research results indicate that all 12 models have an area under curve (AUC) of the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) values greater than 0.968 for the paleoclimatic, current, and future climate scenarios,… More >

  • Open Access


    Comparative Study of Genetic Structure and Genetic Diversity between Wild and Cultivated Populations of Taxus cuspidata, Northeast China

    Dandan Wang, Xiaohong Li, Yanwen Zhang
    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.93, No.2, pp. 355-369, 2024, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2024.047183
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Ecology, Diversity and Conservation of Rare and Endangered Plant Species)
    Abstract Taxus cuspidata is a rare plant with important medicinal and ornamental value. Aiming at the obvious differences between wild and cultivated populations of T. cuspidata from Northeast China, a total of 61 samples, that is, 33 wild yews and 28 cultivated yews were used to analyze the differences and correlations of the kinship, genetic diversity, and genetic structure between them by specific length amplified fragment sequencing (SLAF-seq). Finally, 470725 polymorphic SLAF tags and 58622 valid SNP markers were obtained. Phylogenetic analysis showed that 61 samples were classified into 2 clusters: wild populations and cultivated populations, and some… More >

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