German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

TRY - Plant Trait Database

Plant traits are a key to understanding and predicting the adaptation of ecosystems in the face of biodiversity loss and global change. To improve the empirical data basis for such projections, in 2007 the TRY project was initiated. TRY is a network of vegetation scientists headed by DIVERSITAS, IGBP, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, and an international Steering Committee.

Research focus

    • To provide a comprehensive web-archive of the functional biodiversity of plants at the global scale by assembling, harmonizing, and distributing data on functional plant traits
    • To promote trait-based approaches aiming at understanding the emergence and ecosystem consequences of plant biodiversity
    • To support the design of a new generation of dynamic global vegetation and ecosystem models by making comprehensive and high-quality data on functional plant traits available to modeling projects

    Key data

      • Location: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
      • Platform type: Database
      • Research groups involved: About 5,400 participants (539 participant contributing data, 4,830 participant requesting data)


      Dr. Jens Kattge

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