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The China plant trait database version 2

Wang, H. ORCID:, Harrison, S. P. ORCID:, Li, M. ORCID:, Prentice, I. C. ORCID:, Qiao, S., Wang, R., Xu, H., Mengoli, G. ORCID:, Peng, Y. and Yang, Y. (2022) The China plant trait database version 2. Scientific Data, 9 (1). 769. ISSN 2052-4463

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Plant functional traits represent adaptive strategies to the environment, linked to biophysical and biogeochemical processes and ecosystem functioning. Compilations of trait data facilitate research in multiple felds from plant ecology through to land-surface modelling. Here we present version 2 of the China Plant Trait Database, which contains information on morphometric, physical, chemical, photosynthetic and hydraulic traits from 1529 unique species in 140 sites spanning a diversity of vegetation types. Version 2 has fve improvements compared to the previous version: (1) new data from a 4-km elevation transect on the edge of Tibetan Plateau, including alpine vegetation types not sampled previously; (2) inclusion of traits related to hydraulic processes, including specifc sapwood conductance, the area ratio of sapwood to leaf, wood density and turgor loss point; (3) inclusion of information on soil properties to complement the existing data on climate and vegetation (4) assessments and fagging the reliability of individual trait measurements; and (5) inclusion of standardized templates for systematical feld sampling and measurements.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:114107
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group


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