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TRY – a global database of plant traits
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The improved availability of plant trait data in the unified global database is expected to support a paradigm shift from species to trait-based ecology, offer new opportunities for synthetic plant trait research and enable a more realistic and empirically grounded representation of terrestrial vegetation in Earth system models. Expand
Reinforcing loose foundation stones in trait-based plant ecology
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It is argued that some important foundational assumptions of trait-based ecology have not received sufficient empirical evaluation and, where possible, methods of improvement are suggested. Expand
The intrinsic dimensionality of plant traits and its relevance to community assembly
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There appears to be a tractable upper limit to the dimensionality of plant traits, and it is recommended to measure traits from multiple organs whenever possible, especially leaf, stem, root and flowering traits, given their consistent performance in explaining community assembly across different ecosystems. Expand
Applying trait-based models to achieve functional targets for theory-driven ecological restoration.
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New trait-based models that can be used to generate ranges of species abundances to test theories about which traits, which trait values and which species assemblages are most effective for achieving functional outcomes are described. Expand
Root traits are multidimensional: specific root length is independent from root tissue density and the plant economic spectrum
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Test the prediction that root, stem and leaf traits and relative growth rate respond in unison with soil fertility gradients and determine whether multiple root traits align with growth rate, leaf and stem traits and with each other. Expand
Plant functional traits have globally consistent effects on competition
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Traits generate trade-offs between performance with competition versus performance without competition, a fundamental ingredient in the classical hypothesis that the coexistence of plant species is enabled via differentiation in their successional strategies. Expand
A predictive model of community assembly that incorporates intraspecific trait variation.
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A new hierarchical Bayesian model that incorporates intraspecific trait variation into a predictive framework to unify classic coexistence theory and evolutionary biology with recent trait-based approaches is introduced. Expand
A multi‐trait test of the leaf‐height‐seed plant strategy scheme with 133 species from a pine forest flora
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The leaf and height axes play a role in controlling leaf litter decomposability, indicating that these strategy axes have important consequences for ecosystem functioning. Expand
Revisiting the Holy Grail: using plant functional traits to understand ecological processes
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The utility of trait‐based approaches in ecology will benefit from efforts that demonstrate how these traits and indices influence organismal, community, and ecosystem processes across vegetation types, which may be achieved through meta‐analysis and enhancement of trait databases. Expand
Nitrification is linked to dominant leaf traits rather than functional diversity
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Nitrification potential was more strongly linked to dominant leaf traits than to functional diversity, thereby lending more support to the mass ratio hypothesis, however, functional diversity still explained some of the observed variation in biomass production. Expand
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