NCEAS Product 25561

Simova, Irena; Violle, Cyrille; Svenning, Jens-Christian; Kattge, Jens; Engemann Jensen, Kristine; Sandel, Brody; Peet, Robert K.; Wiser, Susan K.; Blonder, Benjamin; McGill, Brian J.; Boyle, Brad; Morueta-Holme, Naia; Kraft, Nathan J.B.; van Bodegom, Peter; Gutierrez, Alvaro G.; Bahn, Michael; Ozinga, Wim A.; Tószögyová, Anna; Enquist, Brian J. 2018. Spatial patterns and climate relationships of major plant traits in the New World differ between woody and herbaceous species. Journal of Biogeography. (Abstract) (Online version)


Despite several recent efforts to map plant traits and to identify their climatic drivers, there are still major gaps. Global trait patterns for major functional groups, in particular, the differences between woody and herbaceous plants, have yet to be identified. Here, we take advantage of big data efforts to compile plant species occurrence and trait data to analyse the spatial patterns of assemblage means and variances of key plant traits. We tested whether these patterns and their climatic drivers are similar for woody and herbaceous plants.