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Plant functional traits – fixed facts or variable depending on the season?

Römermann, Christine ; Bucher, Solveig Franziska ; Hahn, Melanie ; Bernhardt-Römermann, Markus


Traits are widely used to detect and explain responses of ecosystem processes to environmental changes. Various studies use trait data from databases, often providing one value per trait and species, neglecting intraspecific trait variability along spatio-temporal gradients. Handbooks for standardized trait measurements claim that traits should be measured at an 'optimal' stage, which is ...


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