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AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora


Falster, D and Gallagher, R and Blackman, CJ and Harrison, MT, et al., AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora, Scientific Data, 8 Article 254. ISSN 2052-4463 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41597-021-01006-6


We introduce the AusTraits database - a compilation of values of plant traits for taxa in the Australian flora (hereafter AusTraits). AusTraits synthesises data on 448 traits across 28,640 taxa from field campaigns, published literature, taxonomic monographs, and individual taxon descriptions. Traits vary in scope from physiological measures of performance (e.g. photosynthetic gas exchange, water-use efficiency) to morphological attributes (e.g. leaf area, seed mass, plant height) which link to aspects of ecological variation. AusTraits contains curated and harmonised individual- and species-level measurements coupled to, where available, contextual information on site properties and experimental conditions. This article provides information on version 3.0.2 of AusTraits which contains data for 997,808 trait-by-taxon combinations. We envision AusTraits as an ongoing collaborative initiative for easily archiving and sharing trait data, which also provides a template for other national or regional initiatives globally to fill persistent gaps in trait knowledge.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:database, AusTraits, flora. plants, biology, taxonomy, Australia, photosynthesis, leaves. physiology, morphology, ecology, traits, global, species, water-use efficiency, gas exchange, temperate, tropical
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological physiology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Blackman, CJ (Dr Christopher Blackman)
UTAS Author:Harrison, MT (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
ID Code:146950
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2021-10-05
Last Modified:2022-04-22
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