Imperial College London

Professor Iain Colin Prentice

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Chair in Biosphere and Climate Impacts



+44 (0)20 7594 2354c.prentice




1.1Centre for Population BiologySilwood Park






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author = {Kattge, J and Bönisch, G and Díaz, S and Lavorel, S and Prentice, IC and Leadley, P and Tautenhahn, S and Werner, GDA and Aakala, T and Abedi, M and Acosta, ATR and Adamidis, GC and Adamson, K and Aiba, M and Albert, CH and Alcántara, JM and Alcázar, C C and Aleixo, I and Ali, H and Amiaud, B and Ammer, C and Amoroso, MM and Anand, M and Anderson, C and Anten, N and Antos, J and Apgaua, DMG and Ashman, T-L and Asmara, DH and Asner, GP and Aspinwall, M and Atkin, O and Aubin, I and Baastrup-Spohr, L and Bahalkeh, K and Bahn, M and Baker, T and Baker, WJ and Bakker, JP and Baldocchi, D and Baltzer, J and Banerjee, A and Baranger, A and Barlow, J and Barneche, DR and Baruch, Z and Bastianelli, D and Battles, J and Bauerle, W and Bauters, M and Bazzato, E and Beckmann, M and Beeckman, H and Beierkuhnlein, C and Bekker, R and Belfry, G and Belluau, M and Beloiu, M and Benavides, R and Benomar, L and Berdugo-Lattke, ML and Berenguer, E and Bergamin, R and Bergmann, J and Bergmann, Carlucci M},
doi = {10.1111/gcb.14904},
journal = {Global Change Biology},
pages = {119--188},
title = {TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access},
url = {},
volume = {26},
year = {2020}

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AB - Plant traits – the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants – determine how plants respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, and influence ecosystems properties and their benefits and detriments to people. Plant trait data thus represent the basis for a vast area of research spanning from evolutionary biology, community and functional ecology, to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and landscape management, restoration, biogeography and earth system modelling. Since its foundation in 2007, the TRY database of plant traits has grown continuously. It now provides unprecedented data coverage under an open access data policy and is the main plant trait database used by the research community worldwide. Increasingly the TRY database also supports new frontiers of trait-based plant research, including the identification of data gaps and the subsequent mobilization or measurement of new data. To support this development, in this article we evaluate the extent of the trait data compiled in TRY and analyse emerging patterns of data coverage and representativeness. Best species coverage is achieved for categorical traits. For example, we have achieved almost nearly complete global coverage of ‘plant growth form’. However, most traits relevant for ecology and vegetation modelling are characterized by intraspecific variation and trait-environmental relationships; therefore, for many purposes, these traits have to be measured on individual plants in their respective environment. Despite unprecedented data coverage, we observe a humbling lack of completeness and representativeness of these traits in many aspects. We, therefore, conclude that reducing data gaps and biases in the TRY database requires a coordinated approach to data mobilization and in-situ trait measurements. This can only be achieved in collaboration with other initiatives.
AU - Kattge,J
AU - Bönisch,G
AU - Díaz,S
AU - Lavorel,S
AU - Prentice,IC
AU - Leadley,P
AU - Tautenhahn,S
AU - Werner,GDA
AU - Aakala,T
AU - Abedi,M
AU - Acosta,ATR
AU - Adamidis,GC
AU - Adamson,K
AU - Aiba,M
AU - Albert,CH
AU - Alcántara,JM
AU - Alcázar,C C
AU - Aleixo,I
AU - Ali,H
AU - Amiaud,B
AU - Ammer,C
AU - Amoroso,MM
AU - Anand,M
AU - Anderson,C
AU - Anten,N
AU - Antos,J
AU - Apgaua,DMG
AU - Ashman,T-L
AU - Asmara,DH
AU - Asner,GP
AU - Aspinwall,M
AU - Atkin,O
AU - Aubin,I
AU - Baastrup-Spohr,L
AU - Bahalkeh,K
AU - Bahn,M
AU - Baker,T
AU - Baker,WJ
AU - Bakker,JP
AU - Baldocchi,D
AU - Baltzer,J
AU - Banerjee,A
AU - Baranger,A
AU - Barlow,J
AU - Barneche,DR
AU - Baruch,Z
AU - Bastianelli,D
AU - Battles,J
AU - Bauerle,W
AU - Bauters,M
AU - Bazzato,E
AU - Beckmann,M
AU - Beeckman,H
AU - Beierkuhnlein,C
AU - Bekker,R
AU - Belfry,G
AU - Belluau,M
AU - Beloiu,M
AU - Benavides,R
AU - Benomar,L
AU - Berdugo-Lattke,ML
AU - Berenguer,E
AU - Bergamin,R
AU - Bergmann,J
AU - Bergmann,Carlucci M
AU - Berner,L
AU - Bernhardt-Römermann,M
AU - Bigler,C
AU - Bjorkman,AD
AU - Blackman,C
AU - Blanco,C
AU - Blonder,B
AU - Blumenthal,D
AU - Bocanegra-González,KT
AU - Boeckx,P
AU - Bohlman,S
AU - Böhning-Gaese,K
AU - Boisvert-Marsh,L
AU - Bond,W
AU - Bond-Lamberty,B
AU - Boom,A
AU - Boonman,CCF
AU - Bordin,K
AU - Boughton,EH
AU - Boukili,V
AU - Bowman,DMJS
AU - Bravo,S
AU - Brendel,MR
AU - Broadley,MR
AU - Brown,KA
AU - Bruelheide,H
AU - Brumnich,F
AU - Bruun,HH
AU - Bruy,D
AU - Buchanan,SW
AU - Bucher,SF
AU - Buchmann,N
AU - Buitenwerf,R
AU - Bunker,DE
AU - Bürger,J
AU - Burrascano,S
AU - Burslem,DFRP
AU - Butterfield,BJ
AU - Byun,C
AU - Marques,M
AU - Scalon,MC
AU - Caccianiga,M
AU - Cadotte,M
AU - Cailleret,M
AU - Camac,J
AU - Camarero,JJ
AU - Campany,C
AU - Campetella,G
AU - Campos,JA
AU - Cano-Arboleda,L
AU - Canullo,R
AU - Carbognani,M
AU - Carvalho,F
AU - Casanoves,F
AU - Castagneyrol,B
AU - Catford,JA
AU - Cavender-Bares,J
AU - Cerabolini,BEL
AU - Cervellini,M
AU - Chacón-Madrigal,E
AU - Chapin,K
AU - Chapin,FS
AU - Chelli,S
AU - Chen,S-C
AU - Chen,A
AU - Cherubini,P
AU - Chianucci,F
AU - Choat,B
AU - Chung,K-S
AU - Chytrý,M
AU - Ciccarelli,D
AU - Coll,L
AU - Collins,CG
AU - Conti,L
AU - Coomes,D
AU - Cornelissen,JHC
AU - Cornwell,WK
AU - Corona,P
AU - Coyea,M
AU - Craine,J
AU - Craven,D
AU - Cromsigt,JPGM
AU - Csecserits,A
AU - Cufar,K
AU - Cuntz,M
AU - da,Silva AC
AU - Dahlin,KM
AU - Dainese,M
AU - Dalke,I
AU - Dalle,Fratte M
AU - Dang-Le,AT
AU - Danihelka,J
AU - Dannoura,M
AU - Dawson,S
AU - de,Beer AJ
AU - De,Frutos A
AU - De,Long JR
AU - Dechant,B
AU - Delagrange,S
AU - Delpierre,N
AU - Derroire,G
AU - Dias,AS
AU - Diaz-Toribio
DO - 10.1111/gcb.14904
EP - 188
PY - 2020///
SN - 1354-1013
SP - 119
TI - TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access
T2 - Global Change Biology
UR -
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VL - 26
ER -