12. Plant Functional Types and Traits at the Community, Ecosystem and World Level

  1. Eddy van der Maarel2 and
  2. Janet Franklin3
  1. Andrew N. Gillison

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch12

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Gillison, A. N. (2013) Plant Functional Types and Traits at the Community, Ecosystem and World Level, in Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition (eds E. van der Maarel and J. Franklin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

  2. 3

    School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Arizona, United States

Author Information

  1. Center for Biodiversity Management, Queensland, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338881

Online ISBN: 9781118452592

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Keywords:

  • ecosystem;
  • emergent group;
  • strategies;
  • functional type;
  • response group;
  • guild;
  • growth-form;
  • life-form;
  • functional trait;
  • CSR theory

Summary

This chapter covers plant functional types and traits at the community, ecosystem, and world level, with sections on form and function, the development of a functional typology, plant strategies, trade-offs, and functional types, the mass ratio hypothesis, functional diversity and complexity, and the move to a trait-based ecology. Plant functional types and traits as bioindicators, environmental monitoring, trait-based climate modeling, and scaling across the community, ecosystem, and world level are also covered.