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Daniel Falster, Rachael Gallagher, Elizabeth H. Wenk, Ian J. Wright, Dony Indiarto, Samuel C. Andrew, Caitlan Baxter, James Lawson, Stuart Allen, Anne Fuchs, Anna Monro, Fonti Kar, Mark A. Adams, Collin W. Ahrens, Matthew Alfonzetti, Tara Angevin, Deborah M.G. Apgaua, Stefan Arndt, Owen K. Atkin, Joe Atkinson & 198 more Tony Auld, Andrew Baker, Maria von Balthazar, Anthony Bean, Chris J. Blackman, Keith Bloomfield, David M.J.S. Bowman, Jason Bragg, Timothy J. Brodribb, Genevieve Buckton, Geoff Burrows, Elizabeth Caldwell, James Camac, Raymond Carpenter, Jane A. Catford, Gregory R. Cawthray, Lucas A. Cernusak, Gregory Chandler, Alex R. Chapman, David Cheal, Alexander W. Cheesman, Si Chong Chen, Brendan Choat, Brook Clinton, Peta L. Clode, Helen Coleman, William K. Cornwell, Meredith Cosgrove, Michael Crisp, Erika Cross, Kristine Y. Crous, Saul Cunningham, Timothy Curran, Ellen Curtis, Matthew I. Daws, Jane L. DeGabriel, Matthew D. Denton, Ning Dong, Pengzhen Du, Honglang Duan, David H. Duncan, Richard P. Duncan, Marco Duretto, John M. Dwyer, Cheryl Edwards, Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez, John R. Evans, Susan E. Everingham, Claire Farrell, Jennifer Firn, Carlos Roberto Fonseca, Ben J. French, Doug Frood, Jennifer L. Funk, Sonya R. Geange, Oula Ghannoum, Sean M. Gleason, Carl R. Gosper, Emma Gray, Philip K. Groom, Saskia Grootemaat, Caroline Gross, Greg Guerin, Lydia Guja, Amy K. Hahs, Matthew Tom Harrison, Patrick E. Hayes, Martin Henery, Dieter Hochuli, Jocelyn Howell, Guomin Huang, Lesley Hughes, John Huisman, Jugoslav Ilic, Ashika Jagdish, Daniel Jin, Gregory Jordan, Enrique Jurado, John Kanowski, Sabine Kasel, Jürgen Kellermann, Belinda Kenny, Michele Kohout, Robert M. Kooyman, Martyna M. Kotowska, Hao Ran Lai, Etienne Laliberté, Hans Lambers, Byron B. Lamont, Robert Lanfear, Frank van Langevelde, Daniel C. Laughlin, Bree Anne Laugier-Kitchener, Susan Laurance, Caroline E.R. Lehmann, Andrea Leigh, Michelle R. Leishman, Tanja Lenz, Brendan Lepschi, James D. Lewis, Felix Lim, Udayangani Liu, Janice Lord, Christopher H. Lusk, Cate Macinnis-Ng, Hannah McPherson, Susana Magallón, Anthony Manea, Andrea López-Martinez, Margaret Mayfield, James K. McCarthy, Trevor Meers, Marlien van der Merwe, Daniel J. Metcalfe, Per Milberg, Karel Mokany, Angela T. Moles, Ben D. Moore, Nicholas Moore, John W. Morgan, William Morris, Annette Muir, Samantha Munroe, Áine Nicholson, Dean Nicolle, Adrienne B. Nicotra, Ülo Niinemets, Tom North, Andrew O’Reilly-Nugent, Odhran S. O’Sullivan, Brad Oberle, Yusuke Onoda, Mark K.J. Ooi, Colin P. Osborne, Grazyna Paczkowska, Burak Pekin, Caio Guilherme Pereira, Catherine Pickering, Melinda Pickup, Laura J. Pollock, Pieter Poot, Jeff R. Powell, Sally A. Power, Iain Colin Prentice, Lynda Prior, Suzanne M. Prober, Jennifer Read, Victoria Reynolds, Anna E. Richards, Ben Richardson, Michael L. Roderick, Julieta A. Rosell, Maurizio Rossetto, Barbara Rye, Paul D. Rymer, Michael A. Sams, Gordon Sanson, Hervé Sauquet, Susanne Schmidt, Jürg Schönenberger, Ernst Detlef Schulze, Kerrie Sendall, Steve Sinclair, Benjamin Smith, Renee Smith, Fiona Soper, Ben Sparrow, Rachel J. Standish, Timothy L. Staples, Ruby Stephens, Christopher Szota, Guy Taseski, Elizabeth Tasker, Freya Thomas, David T. Tissue, Mark G. Tjoelker, David Yue Phin Tng, Félix de Tombeur, Kyle Tomlinson, Neil C. Turner, Erik J. Veneklaas, Susanna Venn, Peter Vesk, Carolyn Vlasveld, Maria S. Vorontsova, Charles A. Warren, Nigel Warwick, Lasantha K. Weerasinghe, Jessie Wells, Mark Westoby, Matthew White, Nicholas S.G. Williams, Jarrah Wills, Peter G. Wilson, Colin Yates, Amy E. Zanne, Graham Zemunik, Kasia Ziemińska

Original languageEnglish
Article number254
Number of pages1
JournalScientific Data
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Published1 Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: We acknowledge the work of all Australian taxonomists and their supporting institutions, whose long-term work on describing the flora has provided a rich source of data for AusTraits, including: Australian National Botanic Gardens; Australian National Herbarium; Biodiversity Science, Parks Australia; Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia; Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria; Flora of Australia; Kew; National Herbarium of NSW; National Herbarium of Victoria; Northern Territory Herbarium; NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment; Queensland Herbarium; State Herbarium of South Australia; Tasmanian Herbarium; and the Western Australian Herbarium. We gratefully acknowledge input from the following persons who contributed to data collection Sophia Amini, Julian Ash, Tara Boreham, Ross Bradstock, Willi A. Brand, Amber Briggs, John Brock, Don Butler, Robert Chinnock, Peter Clarke, Derek Clayton, Steven Clemants, Harold Trevor Clifford, Michelle Cochrane, Bronwyn Collins, Alessandro Conti, Wendy Cooper, William Cooper, Ian Cowie, Lyn Craven, Ian Davidson, Derek Eamus, Judy Egan, Chris Fahey, Paul Irwin Forster, John Foster, Tony French, Allison Frith, Ronald Gardiner, Malcolm Gill, Ethel Goble-Garratt, Peter Grubb, Chris Guinane, TJ Hall, Monique Hallet, Tammy Haslehurst, Foteini Hassiotou, John Herbohn, Peter Hocking, Jing Hu, Kate Hughes, Muhammad Islam, Ian Kealley, Greg Keighery, James Kirkpatrick, Kirsten Knox, Luka Kovac, Kaely Kreger, John Kuo, Martin Lambert, Dana Lanceman, Michael Lawes, Claire Laws, Emma Laxton, Liz Lindsay, Daniel Montoya Londono, Christiane Ludwig, Ian Lunt, Mary Maconochie, Karen Marais, Bruce Maslin, Riah Mason, Richard Mazanec, Elissa McFarlane, Huw Morgan, Peter Myerscough, Des Nelson, Dominic Neyland, Mike Olsen, Corinna Orscheg, Jacob McC. Overton, Paula Peeters, George Perry, Aaron Phillips, Loren Pollitt, Rob Polmear, Hugh Possingham, Aina Price, Thomas Pyne, R.J.Williams, Barbara Rice, Jessica L. Rigg, Bryan Roberts, Miguel de Salas, Anna Salomaa, Inge Schulze, Waltraud Schulze, Andrew John Scott, Alison Shapcott, Veronica Shaw, Luke Shoo, Anne Sjostrom, Santiago Soliveres, Amanda Spooner, George Stewart, Jan Suda, Catherine Tait, Daniel Taylor, Ian Thompson, Hellmut R. Toelken, Malcolm Trudgen, W.E Westman, Erica Williams, Kathryn Willis, J. Bastow Wilson, Jian Yen. We thank H Cornelissen, H Poorter, SC McColl-Gausden, and one anonymous reviewer for feedback on an earlier draft, and K Levett for advice on data structures. This work was supported by fellowship grants from Australian Research Council to Falster (FT160100113), Gallagher (DE170100208) and Wright (FT100100910). The AusTraits project received investment (https://doi.org/10.47486/TD044, https:// doi.org/10.47486/DP720) from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s). Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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Abstract

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.

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