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DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01430.x
Title (Primary) The LEDA Traitbase: a database of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora
Author Kleyer, M.; Bekker, R.M.; Knevel, I.C.; Bakker, J.P.; Thompson, K.; Sonnenschein, M.; Poschlod, P.; van Groenendael, J.M.; Klimes, L.; Klimešová, J.; Klotz, S.; Rusch, G.M.; Hermy, M.; Adriaens, D.; Boedeltje, G.; Bossuyt, B.; Dannemann, A.; Endels, P.; Götzenberger, L.; Hodgson, J.G.; Jackel, A.-K.; Kühn, I. ORCID logo ; Kunzmann, D.; Ozinga, W.A.; Römermann, C.; Stadler, M.; Schlegelmilch, J.; Steendam, H.J.; Tackenberg, O.; Wilmann, B.; Cornelissen, J.H.C.; Eriksson, O.; Garnier, E.; Peco, B.
Source Titel Journal of Ecology
Year 2008
Department BZF
Volume 96
Issue 6
Page From 1266
Page To 1274
Language englisch
Keywords age of first flowering; buoyancy; clonal traits; canopy height; dispersal; functional ecology; plant life span; plant functional traits; seed weight; seed number; SLA; soil seed bank
Abstract 1. An international group of scientists has built an open internet data base of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora (the LEDA-Traitbase) that can be used as a data source for fundamental research on plant biodiversity and coexistence, macro-ecological patterns and plant functional responses.2. The species-trait matrix comprises referenced information under the control of an editorial board, for ca. 3000 species of the Northwest European flora, combining existing information and additional measurements. The data base currently contains data on 26 plant traits that describe three key features of plant dynamics: persistence, regeneration and dispersal. The LEDA-Traitbase is freely available at .3. We present the structure of the data base and an overview of the trait information available.4. Synthesis. The LEDA Traitbase is useful for large-scale analyses of functional responses of communities to environmental change, effects of community trait composition on ecosystem properties and patterns of rarity and invasiveness, as well as linkages between traits as expressions of fundamental trade-offs in plants.
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Kleyer, M., Bekker, R.M., Knevel, I.C., Bakker, J.P., Thompson, K., Sonnenschein, M., Poschlod, P., van Groenendael, J.M., Klimes, L., Klimešová, J., Klotz, S., Rusch, G.M., Hermy, M., Adriaens, D., Boedeltje, G., Bossuyt, B., Dannemann, A., Endels, P., Götzenberger, L., Hodgson, J.G., Jackel, A.-K., Kühn, I., Kunzmann, D., Ozinga, W.A., Römermann, C., Stadler, M., Schlegelmilch, J., Steendam, H.J., Tackenberg, O., Wilmann, B., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Eriksson, O., Garnier, E., Peco, B. (2008):
The LEDA Traitbase: a database of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora
J. Ecol. 96 (6), 1266 - 1274 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01430.x