Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 329–339 | Cite as

Overview on seagrasses and related research in China

  • Yajun Shi (石雅君)
  • Hangqing Fan (范航清)Email author
  • Xiaojian Cui (崔晓健)
  • Lianghao Pan (潘良浩)
  • Sen Li (李森)
  • Xiukai Song (宋秀凯)


Seagrass research in China is still in its infancy. Even though there has been progress recently, there is still a great deal of research needed to gain a better understanding of seagrass. In this article we review and discuss the advances in seagrass research in China from two aspects: (1) seagrass species and their distribution; (2) seagrass research in China, including studies on their taxonomy, ecology, photosynthesis, applications in aquaculture, salt-tolerance mechanisms and other research topics. A total of 18 seagrass species belonging to 8 genera are distributed in nine provinces and regions in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), as well as the Xisha and Nansha Archipelagos. They can be divided into two groups: a North China Group and a South China Group. Based on the seagrass distribution, the Chinese mainland coast can be divided into three sections: North China Seagrass Coast, Middle China Seagrass Coast, and South China Seagrass Coast. Ecological studies include research on seagrass communities, nutrient cycling in seagrass ecosystems, genetic diversity, pollution ecology and research in the key regions of Shandong, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan. Seagrass species and their locations, community structure, ecological evaluation, epiphytes, ecological functions and threats in the key regions are also summarized. Other studies have focused on remote sensing of seagrass, threatened seagrass species of China, and pollen morphology of Halophila ovalis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yajun Shi (石雅君)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hangqing Fan (范航清)
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xiaojian Cui (崔晓健)
    • 3
  • Lianghao Pan (潘良浩)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sen Li (李森)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiukai Song (宋秀凯)
    • 4
  1. 1.Forestry CollegeGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.Guangxi Marine Environment and Coastal Wetland Research CenterBeihaiChina
  3. 3.National Marine Information and Data ServiceSOATianjinChina
  4. 4.Shandong Marine Fisheries Research InstituteYantaiChina

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