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Ellen L. Fry, Sally A. Power and Pete Manning Trait-based classification and manipulation of plant functional groups for biodiversity–ecosystem function experiments Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12068

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Biodiversity and ecosystem function studies have traditionally classified grassland species into grasses, forbs and legumes. We offer a new method that statistically groups plant species based upon functional effects traits that relate to the ecosystem functions of interest. This allows specific hypotheses to be formulated. The effectiveness of this method is illustrated with a worked example from a grassland experiment.

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