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Fellowship Group Functional Biogeography

We contribute to quantifying and scaling global plant functional diversity to identify its imprint on biogeochemical cycles, and how it is affected by climate variation and global change. For this purpose we coordinate the TRY Initiative, a community effort developing a global database of plant traits, to make these data available for ecological research and vegetation modelling.

The group is a collaboration of Max Planck Fellow Christian Wirth and the three departments at the Max-Planck Institute. Christian Wirth is Professor at the University of Leipzig and Director of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv). At the Max Planck Institute the group is lead by Jens Kattge.



News and Activities

December 2018
The group contributes to organizing the session B063 'Plant Traits, Biogeochemical Cycles and Optimality Driven Model Development' at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, 10-14 December in Washington D.C.. The Deadline for abstract submission is 1 August, 11:59 p.m. ET more

September 2018
The group contributes to organizing the session 'Plant Traits and Biogeochemical Cycles' at the 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics: Translating Ecological Data into Knowledge and Decisions in a Rapidly Changing World. 24-28 September 2018 in Jena, Germany. more

July 2017
TRY version 4.0 is online. This new version of the TRY database provides more trait data and is based on am improved data curation workflow. more



Recent Publications

Blonder, B., Enquist, B. J. , Graae, B. J. , Kattge, J., Maitner, B. S. , Morueta‐Holme, N., Ordonez, A., Simova, I., Singarayer, J., Svenning, J.-C., Valdes, P. J. , Violle C. (2018) Late Quaternary climate legacies in contemporary plant functional composition. Global Change Biology doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14375

Madani, N., Kimball, J. S., Ballantyne, A. P., Affleck, D. L. R., van Bodegom, P. M., Reich, P. B., Kattge, J., Sala, A., Nazeri, M., Jones, M. O., Zhao, M., Running, S. W. (2018). Future global productivity will be affected by plant trait response to climate. Scientific Reports, 8: 2870. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21172-9.

Werner, G. D. A., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Cornwell, W. K., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Kattge, J., West, S. A., Kiers, E. T. (2018). Symbiont switching and alternative resource acquisition strategies drive mutualism breakdown. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, 115(20), 5229-5234. doi:10.1073/pnas.1721629115.

Mercado, L. M., Medlyn, B. E., Huntingford, C., Oliver, R. J., Clark, D. B., Sitch, S., Zelazowski, P., Kattge, J., Harper, A. B., Cox, P. M. (2018). Large sensitivity in land carbon storage due to geographical and temporal variation in the thermal response of photosynthetic capacity. New Phytologist, 218(4), 1462-1477. doi:10.1111/nph.15100.

Simova, I., Violle, C., Svenning, J.-C., Kattge, J., Engemann, K., Sandel, B., Peet, R. K., Wiser, S. K., Blonder, B., McGill, B. J., Boyle, B., Morueta-Holme, N., Kraft, N. J. B., van Bodegom, P. M., Gutierrez, A. G., Bahn, M., Ozinga, W. A., Toszogyova, A., Enquist, B. J. (2018). Spatial patterns and climate relationships of major plant traits in the New World differ between woody and herbaceous species. Journal of Biogeography, 45(4), 895-916. doi:10.1111/jbi.13171.

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