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Findings on Life Science Research Reported by Researchers at Hohai University

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Life Science Research. According to news reporting originating in Nanjing, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The small Sanjiang plain is one of the most important commodity grain production bases and the largest fresh water wetland in China. Due to the rapid expansion of agricultural activities in the past 30 years, the contradiction between economic development and the loss of ecosystem services has become an issue of increasing concern in the area."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Hohai University, "In this study, we analysed land use changes and the loss of ecosystem services value caused by these changes. We found that cropland sprawl was predominant and occurred in forest, wetland, and grassland areas in the small Sanjiang plain from 1980 to 2010. Using a model to evaluate ecosystem services value, we calculated that the decreased values of ecosystem services were 169.88 x 108 Yuan from 1980 to 2000 and 120.00 x 108 Yuan from 2000 to 2010. All of the ecosystem services were diminished from 1980 to 2010 except for food production."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Therefore, the loss of ecosystem services value should be considered by the policymakers of land use and development."

For more information on this research see: Land use changes and their effects on the value of ecosystem services in the small Sanjiang plain in China. Thescientificworldjournal [electronic Resource], 2014;2014():752846.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Chen, Key Laboratory of Efficient Irrigation-Drainage and Agricultural Soil-Water Environment in Southern China of Ministry of Education, College of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include B.M. Sun, D. Chen, X. Wu, L.Z. Guo and G. Wang.

Keywords for this news article include: Nanjing, Life Science Research, People's Republic of China.

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Source: China Weekly News