TRY plant trait database: enhanced coverage and open access

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  • Jens Kattge, German Ctr Integrat Biodivers Res iDiv, Biodivers Synth Res Grp
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  • Gerhard Boenisch, Max Planck Inst Biogeochem, Max Planck Society
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  • Sandra Diaz, Univ Nacl Cordoba, National University of Cordoba, Fac Ciencias Exactas Fis & Nat
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  • Sandra Lavorel, Univ Savoie Mt Blanc, Communaute Universite Grenoble Alpes, Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite de Savoie, Univ Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, LECA
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  • Iain Colin Prentice, Imperial Coll London, Imperial College London, Imperial Clin Trials Unit
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  • Paul Leadley, Univ Paris Saclay, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite Paris Saclay (ComUE), AgroParisTech, Universite Paris Saclay, Universite Paris Sud - Paris 11, Univ Paris Sud, CNRS, Ecol Systemat Evolut,AgroParisTech
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  • Susanne Tautenhahn, Max Planck Inst Biogeochem, Max Planck Society
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  • Gijsbert D. A. Werner, Univ Oxford, University of Oxford, Balliol Coll
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  • Tuomas Aakala, Univ Helsinki, University of Helsinki
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  • Mehdi Abedi, Tarbiat Modares Univ, Tarbiat Modares University, Dept Range Management, Fac Nat Resources & Marine Sci
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  • Alicia T. R. Acosta, Roma Tre Univ, Roma Tre University, Dept Engn
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  • George C. Adamidis, Univ Bern, University of Bern, Inst Ecol & Evolut
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  • Kairi Adamson, Univ Tartu, Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu, Tartu Observ
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  • Masahiro Aiba, Tohoku Univ, Tohoku University, Grad Sch Life Sci
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  • Cecile H. Albert, Univ Avignon, Aix-Marseille Universite, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Universite d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, IRD,IMBE
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  • Julio M. Alcantara, Univ Jaen, Universidad de Jaen
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  • Carolina C. Alcazar, Inst Alexander Von Humboldt
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  • Izabela Aleixo, Natl Inst Amazonian Res INPA, Institute Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Environm Dynam Dept
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  • Hamada Ali, Suez Canal Univ, Suez Canal University, Fac Sci, Dept Bot
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  • Bernard Amiaud, Univ Lorraine, Universite de Lorraine, LIEC, UMR CNRS 7960
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  • Christian Ammer, Univ Goettingen, University of Gottingen, Ctr Biodivers & Sustainable Land Use CBL
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  • Mariano M. Amoroso, Consejo Nacl Invest Cient & Tecn, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET), IALP
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  • Madhur Anand, Univ Guelph, University of Guelph, Dept Phys
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  • Carolyn Anderson, Univ Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts System, Dept Biostat & Epidemiol
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  • Niels Anten, Wageningen Univ, Wageningen University & Research, Ctr Crop Syst Anal
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  • Joseph Antos, Univ Victoria, University of Victoria, Dept Biol
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  • Deborah Mattos Guimaraes Apgaua, James Cook Univ, James Cook University, Coll Sci & Engn
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  • Tia-Lynn Ashman, Univ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Commonwealth System of Higher Education (PCSHE), University of Pittsburgh, Dept Phys & Astron
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  • Degi Harja Asmara, Univ Laval, Laval University, Inst Integrat Syst Biol, Ctr Forest Res
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  • Gregory P. Asner, Arizona State Univ, Arizona State University, Sch Publ Affairs
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  • Michael Aspinwall, Univ North Florida, State University System of Florida, University of North Florida, Dept Biol
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  • Owen Atkin, Australian Natl Univ, Australian National University, ARC Ctr Excellence Plant Energy Biol
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  • Isabelle Aubin, Nat Resources Canada, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Canadian Forest Serv, Great Lakes Forestry Ctr
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  • Lars Baastrup-Spohr, Københavns Universitet
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  • Khadijeh Bahalkeh, Tarbiat Modares Univ, Tarbiat Modares University, Dept Range Management, Fac Nat Resources & Marine Sci
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  • Michael Bahn, Univ Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Dept Ecol
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  • Timothy Baker, Univ Leeds, University of Leeds, Sch Geog
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  • William J. Baker, Royal Bot Gardens Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Herbarium
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  • Jan P. Bakker, Univ Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen Inst Evolutionary Life Sci GELIFES, Conservat Ecol
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  • Dennis Baldocchi, Univ Calif Berkeley, University of California Berkeley, University of California System, Dept Environm Sci Policy & Management
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  • Jennifer Baltzer, Wilfrid Laurier Univ, Wilfrid Laurier University, Dept Biol
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  • Anne D. Bjorkman, University of Gothenburg
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  • Robert Buitenwerf
  • Thaise Emilio, Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, PNPD, Programa Pos Grad Ecol, Inst Biol
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  • Kristine Engemann
  • Bastian Göldel
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  • Wilm Daniel Kissling, Univ Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, IBED
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  • Simon D. Schowanek
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  • Jens-Christian Svenning
  • Koenraad Van Meerbeek, Katholieke Univ Leuven, KU Leuven, Dept Earth & Environm Sci
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  • Nutrient Network

Plant traits-the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants-determine how plants respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, and influence ecosystem properties and their benefits and detriments to people. Plant trait data thus represent the basis for a vast area of research spanning from evolutionary biology, community and functional ecology, to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and landscape management, restoration, biogeography and earth system modelling. Since its foundation in 2007, the TRY database of plant traits has grown continuously. It now provides unprecedented data coverage under an open access data policy and is the main plant trait database used by the research community worldwide. Increasingly, the TRY database also supports new frontiers of trait-based plant research, including the identification of data gaps and the subsequent mobilization or measurement of new data. To support this development, in this article we evaluate the extent of the trait data compiled in TRY and analyse emerging patterns of data coverage and representativeness. Best species coverage is achieved for categorical traits-almost complete coverage for 'plant growth form'. However, most traits relevant for ecology and vegetation modelling are characterized by continuous intraspecific variation and trait-environmental relationships. These traits have to be measured on individual plants in their respective environment. Despite unprecedented data coverage, we observe a humbling lack of completeness and representativeness of these continuous traits in many aspects. We, therefore, 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. This can only be achieved in collaboration with other initiatives.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftGlobal Change Biology
Vol/bind26
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)119-188
Antal sider70
ISSN1354-1013
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2020

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