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We explore plant functional diversity and its role in biogeochemical cycles: how it is affected by climate variation and environmental changes and how it affects vegetation responses. For this purpose we host the TRY Plant Trait Database. The group is a collaboration of Max Planck Fellow Christian Wirth and the three Departments at the Max Planck Institute.

News and Activities

May 2020
The group has contributed to organizing a session on 'Plant traits, adaptation and biogeochemical cycles – from measurements to models' at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, 3-8 May in Vienna. more

December 2019
The group has contributed to organizing the session BB088: Plant traits, adaptation and biogeochemical cycles – from measurements to models, at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, 9-13 December in San Francisco. more

March 2019
TRY version 5.0 is online. This new version of the TRY database provides more trait data under the open access CC BY license and is based on am improved data curation workflow. more

Recent Publications

Kattge, J., Bönisch, G., Díaz, S., Lavorel, S., Prentice, I. C., Leadley, P., Tautenhahn, S., Werner, G., et al. (2020) TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology, 26(1), 119-188,

Ma, X., Mahecha, M. D., Migliavacca, M., van der Plas, F., Benavides, R., Ratcliffe, S., Kattge, J., Richter, R., Musavi, T., Baeten, L., Barnoaiea, I., Bohn, F. J., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Coppi, A., Domisch, T., Huth, A., Jaroszewicz, B., Joswig, J., Pabon-Moreno, D. E., Papale, D., Selvi, F., Laurin, G. V., Valladares, F., Reichstein, M., Wirth, C. (2019) Inferring plant functional diversity from space: the potential of Sentinel-2. Remote Sensing of Environment. Volume 233, 111368, ISSN 0034-4257, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111368.

König, C., Weigelt, P., Schrader, J., Taylor, A., Kattge, J., Kreft, H. (2019). Biodiversity data integration- The significance of data resolution and domain. PLoS Biology, 17(3): e3000183. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000183.

Tautenhahn, S., Grün-Wenzel, C., Jung, M., Higgins, S., Römermann, C. (2019). On the relevance of intraspecific trait variability — A synthesis of 56 dry grassland sites across Europe. Flora, 254, 161-172. doi:10.1016/j.flora.2019.03.002.

Thomas, H. J. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Bjorkman, A. D., et al. (2019). Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(2), 78-95. doi:10.1111/geb.12783

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