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Challenging Theophrastus: A common core list of plant traits for functional ecology

Weiher, E; Van der Werf, A; Thompson, Ken; Roderick, Michael; Garnier, E; Eriksson, Ove

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Ecologists need a common language of plant traits in order to make comparisons across regions and scales, pool data, and maximize the utility of the data. To develop such a set of traits we began with the primary challenges faced by plants: dispersal, establishment, and persistence in order to identify fundamental traits. Most of these traits are hard to measure, but advances in comparative ecology have suggested a number of easy to measure analogs. Unfortunately, some of the fundamental traits...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/93718
Source: Journal of Vegetation Science

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