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A handbook of protocols for standardised and easy measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
This paper provides an international methodological protocol aimed at standardising this research effort, based on consensus among a broad group of scientists in this field, and features a practical handbook with step-by-step recipes, for 28 functional traits recognised as critical for tackling large-scale ecological questions.
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.
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.
Changes in Fire and Climate in the Eastern Iberian Peninsula (Mediterranean Basin)
Fire is a dominant ecological factor in Mediterranean ecosystems, and changes in the fire regime can have important consequences for the stability of our landscapes. In this framework I asked
Are wildfires a disaster in the Mediterranean basin? – A review
Evolutionary and paleoecological studies suggest that fires are natural in the Mediterranean basin. However, the important increase in the number of fires and area burned during the 20th century has
Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management
Part I. Introduction: 1. Mediterranean-type climate (MTC) ecosystems and fire 2. Fire and the fire regime framework 3. Fire related plant traits Part II. Regional Patterns: 4. Fire in the
It is predicted that not all resprouters respond in a similar way everywhere because the associated plant traits of resprouter species vary in different places, and attempts to generalize predictions on the basis of the resprouting capacity may have limited power at a global scale.
Mediterranean cork oak savannas require human use to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services
Mediterranean cork oak savannas, which are found only in southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, are ecosystems of high socioeconomic and conservation value. Characterized by sparse tree cover
Fire regime changes in the Western Mediterranean Basin: from fuel-limited to drought-driven fire regime
Wildfires are an integral part of Mediterranean ecosystems; humans impact on landscapes imply changes in fuel amount and continuity, and thus in fire regime. We tested the hypothesis that fire regime