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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

Spring 2021
The group contributes to organizing a session on 'Plant traits, adaptation and biogeochemical cycles – from measurements to models' at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, 19-30 April. more

Autumn 2020
iDiv has accepted the proposal: 'Identifying drivers of intra- and interspecific leaf trait variation in space and time from digitized herbarium specimens using computer vision approaches', and Vamsi Kommineni starts his PhD in this project.

Summer 2020
Vamsi Kommineni and Pramod Baddam have finished their Master's theses at the Ernst-Abbe University of Applied Sciences, supervised by Susanne Tautenhahn. Congratulations!

Spring 2020
The new reference publication of the TRY Plant Trait Database has been published: 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

Recent Publications

Butler, E. E., Chen, M., Ricciuto, D., Flores-Moreno, H., Wythers, K. R., Kattge, J., Thornton, P. E., Reich, P. B. (2020). Seeing the canopy for the branches: Improved within canopy scaling of leaf nitrogen. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12(10). doi:10.1029/2020MS002237

Freiberg, M., Winter, M., Gentile, A., Zizka, A., Muellner-Riehl, A. N., Weigelt, A., Wirth, C. (2020). LCVP, the Leipzig catalogue of vascular plants, a new taxonomic reference list for all known vascular plants. Scientific Data, 7: 416. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-00702-z

Jochum, M., Fischer, M., Isbell, F., Roscher, C., van der Plas, F., Boch, S., Bönisch, G. et al. (2020). The results of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 1485-1494. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1280-9

van der Plas, F., Schröder-Georgi, T., Weigelt, A., Barry, K., Meyer, S., Alzate, A.,..., Wirth, C (2020). Plant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 1602-1611. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01316-9

Wang, H., Atkin, O. K., Keenan, T. F., Smith, N., Wright, I. J., Bloomfield, K. J., Kattge, J., Reich, P. B., Prentice, I. C. (2020). Acclimation of leaf respiration consistent with optimal photosynthetic capacity. Global Change Biology, 28(4), 2573-2583. doi:10.1111/gcb.14980

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