Title: The LEDA Traitbase: a database of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora
Authors: Kleyer, M ×
Bekker, RM
Knevel, IC
Bakker, JP
Thompson, K
Sonnenschein, M
Poschlod, P
van Groenendael, JM
Klimes, L
Klimesova, J
Klotz, S
Rusch, GM
Hermy, Martin
Adriaens, David
Boedeltje, G
Bossuyt, B
Dannemann, A
Endels, Patrick
Götzenberger, L
Hodgson, JG
Jackel, AK
Kühn, I
Kunzmann, D
Ozinga, WA
Römermann, C
Stadler, M
Schlegelmilch, J
Steendam, HJ
Tackenberg, O
Wilmann, B
Cornelissen, JHC
Eriksson, O
Garnier, E
Peco, B #
Issue Date: 2008
Series Title: Journal of Ecology vol:96 issue:6 pages:1266-1274
Abstract: 1.
An international group of scientists has built an open internet data base of life-history traits of
the Northwest European flora (the LEDA-Traitbase) that can be used as a data source for
fundamental research on plant biodiversity and coexistence, macro-ecological patterns and plant
functional responses.
The species-trait matrix comprises referenced information under the control of an editorial
board, for ca. 3000 species of the Northwest European flora, combining existing information and
additional measurements. The data base currently contains data on 26 plant traits that describe
three key features of plant dynamics: persistence, regeneration and dispersal. The LEDA-Traitbase
is freely available at
We present the structure of the data base and an overview of the trait information available.
The LEDA Traitbase is useful for large-scale analyses of functional responses of
communities to environmental change, effects of community trait composition on ecosystem
properties and patterns of rarity and invasiveness, as well as linkages between traits as expressions
of fundamental trade-offs in plants.
ISSN: 0022-0477
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
× corresponding author
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