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Quantifying and scaling global plant trait diversity

TRY is a network of vegetation scientists headed by
DIVERSITAS, IGBP, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
and an international Steering Committee.

Main objectives

  • Provide a global archive of plant traits
  • Promote trait-based approaches in ecology and biodiversity science
  • Support the design of a new generation of global vegetation models

Current state of database and network

  • 3 million trait records for about 69000 plant species
  • 591 participants from 207 scientific institutes worldwide
  • 256 scientific projects requesting plant trait data from TRY


Paper published (2014-08-01)
Walker AP et al.: The relationship of leaf photosynthetic traits Vcmax and Jmax to leaf nitrogen, leaf phosphorus, and specific leaf area: a meta-analysis and modeling study. Ecology and Evolution (link)

Paper published (2014-06-23)
Scheffer et al.: Why trees and shrubs but rarely trubs? Trends in Ecology & Evolution. (link)

Paper published (2014-06-13)
Werner et al.: A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2-fixation in angiosperms. Nature Communications. (link)

Paper published (2014-05-16)
Moles AT et al.: Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation? Journal of Vegetation Science. (link)

Paper published (2014-04-26)
van Mechelen C. et al.: Plant trait analysis delivers an extensive list of potential green roof species for Mediterranean France. Ecological Engineering (link)

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