A handbook of protocols for standardised and easy measurement of plant functional traits worldwide

@article{Cornelissen2003AHO,
  title={A handbook of protocols for standardised and easy measurement of plant functional traits worldwide},
  author={Johannes H. C. Cornelissen and Sandra Lavorel and Eric Garnier and Sandra M. D{\'i}az and Nina Buchmann and Diego E. Gurvich and Peter B. Reich and Hans ter Steege and Huw D. Morgan and Marcel van der Heijden and Juli G. Pausas and Hendrik Poorter},
  journal={Australian Journal of Botany},
  year={2003},
  volume={51},
  pages={335-380}
}
There is growing recognition that classifying terrestrial plant species on the basis of their function (into 'functional types') rather than their higher taxonomic identity, is a promising way forward for tackling important ecological questions at the scale of ecosystems, landscapes or biomes. These questions include those on vegetation responses to and vegetation effects on, environmental changes (e.g. changes in climate, atmospheric chemistry, land use or other disturbances). There is also… 
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