Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2023, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (10): 1333-1355.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2023.0055

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Progress of plant-soil feedback in ecology studies

ZHAO Rong-Jiang1,3, CHEN Tao2,3, DONG Li-Jia4, GUO Hui5, MA Hai-Kun6, SONG Xu1,3, WANG Ming-Gang7, XUE Wei8, YANG Qiang1,3,*()   

  1. 1College of Ecology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
    2College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
    3State Key Laboratory of Herbage Improvement and Grassland Agro-ecosystems, Lanzhou 730000, China
    4College of Life Science, Shaoxing University, Shaoxing, Zhejiang 312000, China
    5College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
    6College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
    7College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
    8Institute of Wetland Ecology & Clone Ecology, Taizhou University, Taizhou, Zhejiang 318000, China
  • Received:2023-02-23 Accepted:2023-05-15 Online:2023-10-20 Published:2023-11-23
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  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(31700448);National Natural Science Foundation of China(31870521);National Natural Science Foundation of China(32201402);National Natural Science Foundation of China(32271742);Science and Technology Innovation 2030 Major Program of the National Ministry of Science and Technology of China(2022ZD0401605)


Plant-soil feedback experiment is an important way for studying plant-soil biota interactions. Plant growth can change soil physical, chemical, and biotic properties in ways that then alter subsequent plant performance, population fluctuation, and community dynamics. This process, referred to as “plant-soil feedback” (PSF), might play a key role in biodiversity maintenance, sustainable agriculture development, and ecological restoration. In this review, we first provide an overview of the concept and research methods of PSF. Second, we review the research progress of the role of PSF in the maintenance of plant species diversity, plant community succession, plant invasions and range shifts, ecological response to climate change, above- and below-ground multitrophic interactions, ecosystem restoration, and crop performance in different cropping systems. We suggest three directions for future PSF studies, including: (1) the transition from single-species to community-level interactions between plants and soil biota; (2) the test of PSF experiments in field conditions; (3) the expansion of theoretical knowledge into ecological practice.

Key words: soil-borne pathogens, mycorrhizal fungi, negative density-dependent effect, community succession, biological invasion, above- and below-ground interaction, ecological restoration, agricultural cropping system