SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (10): 1294-1298.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.010.1294

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Mini-review on Updating Plant Geography Textbook

Xu-dong FU(), Gui-bin ZHANG   

  1. College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004, China
  • Received:2014-02-19 Revised:2014-05-23 Online:2015-10-25 Published:2015-10-25


In recent twenty years, the study of plant geography has gained essential achievement in its theory and methodology, tended to synthetically interpret and analyze plant’s distribution pattern mode, formative process and mechanism from different levels at different temporal and spatial scales. However, current plant geography textbooks published in China still followed the outdated structure framework and content proposed during the period of 1960 to 1970. This status lagged obviously behind new development of the discipline. Therefore, some detailed suggestions are proposed to adjust, delete, update and supplement structure and content of current plant geography textbook as following. 1) The effect of global change on plant distribution pattern and practical applications in plant geography should be added into current textbook’s structure framework and content. 2) Some common knowledge and content in botanical and ecological textbook or in flora and vegetation monographs of the world and China are should be deleted or reduced. 3) Main advancement and future trend on plant geography, major theory and methodology, an introduction to international important academic journals should be supplemented into introduction part, some classical monographs and literatures should be attached to the end of each chapter. 4) All old black and white figures and photos should be replaced and updated with current colorful pictures. 5) High-quality multimedia teaching courseware, videos and CD should be made elaborately as a part of textbook. 6) New methodology are should be supplemented and updated into experimental materials and fieldwork guides of plant geography, such as plant phylogeography, plant community sampling and field monitoring techniques, data processing and analysis, remote sensing of vegetation, and vegetation mapping.

Key words: plant geography, research review, textbook problem, textbook updating

CLC Number: 

  • P935.1