AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora

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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 ID: 72224
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2052-4463
Keywords: plant trait, digital curation, Viridiplantae, Australia
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FT160100113, ARC DE170100208, ARC FT100100910
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 11:27
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