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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


New guidelines for trait measurements (2014-04-07)
The new handbook for standardized measurement of plant functional traits worldwide is now freely available at the DIVERSUS website (link)

Paper published (2014-03-31)
van Mechelen et al.: Mediterranean open habitat vegetation offers great potential for extensive green roof design. Landscape and Urban Planning. (link)

Paper published (2014-03-02)
Stahl U. et al.: Whole-plant trait spectra of North American woody plant species reflect fundamental ecological strategies. Ecosphere. (link)

Paper published (2014-03-02)
Adler PB et. al: Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies. PNAS. (link)

Paper published (2014-01-30)
Brunbjerg AK et al.: Multi-scale phylogenetic structure in coastal dune plant communities across the globe. Journal of Plant Ecology. (link)

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