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New handbook for standardised measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
This new handbook has a better balance between whole-plant traits, leaf traits, root and stem traits and regenerative traits, and puts particular emphasis on traits important for predicting species’ effects on key ecosystem properties.
Comparative Plant Ecology
TRY – a global database of plant traits
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.
Comparative Plant Ecology: A Functional Approach to Common British Species
Grazing management. Science into practice.
- J. Hodgson
- Environmental Science, Biology
- 1 September 1992
Part 1 Principles grassland and grazing management the grazing system the grazed sward the grazing animal herbage production and utilization plant composition and nutritive value herbage intake food…
The LEDA Traitbase: a database of life‐history traits of the Northwest European flora
The LEDA Traitbase is useful for large-scale analyses of functional responses of communities to environmental change, effects of community trait composition on ecosystem properties and patterns of rarity and invasiveness, as well as linkages between traits as expressions of fundamental trade-offs in plants.
The plant traits that drive ecosystems: Evidence from three continents
Whether the screening techniques remain operational in widely contrasted circumstances, to test for the existence of axes of variation in the particular sets of traits, and for their links with ‘harder’ traits of proven importance to ecosystem functioning are discovered.
Seed size and shape predict persistence in soil
A rapid, simple method for predicting seed persistence in the soil, tested on a range of British, mostly herbaceous, species, finds all diaspores within an area of the graph defined by a maximum weight and variance are persistent in the soils.
Specific leaf area and leaf dry matter content as alternative predictors of plant strategies
Using a large new unpublished database, this work examines the variability of specific leaf area and other leaf traits, the relationships between them, and their ability to predict position on the resource use axis.
Integrated screening validates primary axes of specialisation in plants
The evidence assembled here and elsewhere in the current literature points to the existence of primary functional types, including those recognized by Ramenskii and Grime, which provide strong evidence of functional integration between evolutionary specializations in root and shoot and support Donald's unified theory of competitive ability.