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Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2013 Jan;38(1):10-3.

[Ecological stoichiometry and its application to medicinal plant resources].

[Article in Chinese]

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Institute of Medicinal Plants, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kunming 650223, China.


Ecological stoichiometry is a study of the balance of biological system's energy and the balance of multiple chemical elements. It focuses on the relationship of the element ratio in ecological processes. In this paper, the concept and main theoretical basis of ecological stoichiometry were introduced, and the status of stoichiometry in medicinal plant resources was reviewed. According to the recent development of ecological stoichiometry, the future directions of ecological stoichiometry of medicinal plants could be the study of the relationship between stoichiometric characteristic and growth and secondary metabolism of medicinal plants, and the influence of biotic (or abiotic) factors on the stoichiometric characteristic of medicinal plants.

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