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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.
Plot-scale evidence of tundra vegetation change and links to recent summer warming.
Temperature is increasing at unprecedented rates across most of the tundra biome(1). Remote-sensing data indicate that contemporary climate warming has already resulted in increased productivity ov…
Global negative vegetation feedback to climate warming responses of leaf litter decomposition rates in cold biomes.
It is demonstrated that longer-term, large-scale changes to leaf litter decomposition will be driven primarily by both direct warming effects and concomitant shifts in plant growth form composition, with a much smaller role for changes in litter quality within species.
A global method for calculating plant CSR ecological strategies applied across biomes world‐wide
The CSR strategies of vascular plants can be compared quantitatively within and between biomes at the global scale and the strategy–environment relationships it elucidates will help to predict which kinds of species may assemble in response to changes in biogeochemical cycles, climate and land use.
Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome
Biome-wide relationships between temperature, moisture and seven key plant functional traits across the tundra and over time show that community height increased with warming across all sites, whereas other traits lagged behind predicted rates of change.
Linking litter decomposition of above‐ and below‐ground organs to plant–soil feedbacks worldwide
It is found that decomposition rates of leaves, fine roots and fine stems were coordinated across species worldwide although less strongly within ecosystems, and a major role for below-ground litter as a driver of ecosystem organic matter dynamics is suggested.
Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation?
This work quantified the strength of the relationships between temperature and precipitation and 21 plant traits from 447,961 species-site combinations worldwide and used meta-analysis to provide an overall answer to the question.
Climate, soil and plant functional types as drivers of global fine‐root trait variation
This study reveals both the large variation in fine-root traits encountered globally and the relevance of several key plant functional types and soil and climate variables for explaining a substantial part of this variation.
TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access
The extent of the trait data compiled in TRY is evaluated and emerging patterns of data coverage and representativeness are analyzed to conclude that reducing data gaps and biases in the TRY database remains a key challenge and requires a coordinated approach to data mobilization and trait measurements.
BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene
- M. Dornelas, L. Antão, T. Hickler
- Environmental ScienceGlobal ecology and biogeography : a journal of…
- 1 July 2018
Motivation The BioTIME database contains raw data on species identities and abundances in ecological assemblages through time. These data enable users to calculate temporal trends in biodiversity…