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AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora

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posted on 2023-05-21, 02:58 authored by Falster, D, Gallagher, R, Christopher BlackmanChristopher Blackman, Matthew HarrisonMatthew Harrison
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.


Meat and Livestock Australia

Integrity Ag & Environment


Publication title

Scientific Data



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School of Natural Sciences


Nature Publishing Group

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United Kingdom

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Copyright 2021 The Author(s) Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Socio-economic Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity; Ecosystem adaptation to climate change; Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences