Life-history traits of the Northwest European flora: The LEDA database
Article first published online: 9 APR 2009
2003 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 611–614, August 2003
How to Cite
Knevel, I.C., Bekker, R.M., Bakker, J.P. and Kleyer, M. (2003), Life-history traits of the Northwest European flora: The LEDA database. Journal of Vegetation Science, 14: 611–614. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2003.tb02188.x
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2009
- Received 9 January 2003; Revision received 3 April 2003; Accepted 23 June 2003.
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Abstract. An international group of scientists is building a ‘trait base’, an open internet database of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora (LEDA) that can be used as a tool in planning, in nature conservation and restoration, and in other applied research. The species-trait matrix will comprise referenced information under control of an editorial board, for species of the Northwest European flora, combining existing information and additional measurements. The focus will be on 26 plant traits that describe three key features of plant dynamics: persistence, regeneration, and dispersability. Currently 35% of the species-trait matrix has been filled; however, as the LEDA trait base consortium aims to deliver a database as complete as possible, all input from the scientific community is welcome.