Plant traits as indicators: loss or gain of information?
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
© 2013 International Association for Vegetation Science
Applied Vegetation Science
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 353–354, July 2013
How to Cite
de Bello, F. and Mudrák, O. (2013), Plant traits as indicators: loss or gain of information?. Applied Vegetation Science, 16: 353–354. doi: 10.1111/avsc.12035
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
In this issue, Kachergis et al. provide a timely comparison of taxonomic vs functional group-based indicators for managed steppes. The authors demonstrate how functional indicators result in only a marginal loss of taxonomic information while potentially covering community aspects not accounted for by taxa. To expand these ideas, specific plant traits could complement taxonomic indicators to achieve multiple monitoring goals.