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Quantifying and scaling global plant trait diversity

TRY is a network of vegetation scientists headed by
Future Earth and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry,
providing a global archive of curated plant traits.
The TRY database is a research platform of iDiv.

5.6 million trait records
100,000 plant species
largely open access


Project funded (2016-10-20)
New software to automatically recognize plant traits will be developed in the context of the MAMUDS (Managing Multimedia Data for Science) project. (link)

Paper highlighting TRY (2016-10-20)
Franklin et al. (2016) Big data for forecasting the impacts of global change on plant communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography (link)

Paper published (2016-10-20)
Musavi et al.: Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits. Ecology and Evolution. (link)

Activity Report (2016-10-04)
In September 2016, TRY received 88 requests and released 6.8 million trait records for 69 requests; 2 new publications were reported. This brings the totals to 2469 received requests, 216 million trait records released for 1914 requests, and 93 recorded publications (link)

Paper published (2016-09-12)
Pierce S. et al.: A global method for calculating plant CSR ecological strategies applied across biomes world-wide. Functional Ecology. (link)

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