Title: GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands
Authors : Dengler, Jürgen
Wagner, Viktoria
Dembicz, Iwona
García-Mijangos, Itziar
Naqinezhad, Alireza
Boch, Steffen
Chiarucci, Alessandro
Conradi, Timo
Published in : Phytocoenologia
Volume(Issue) : 48
Issue : 3
Pages : 331
Pages to: 347
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Gebrueder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Ecoinformatics; Grassland
Subject (DDC) : 577: Ecology
Abstract: GrassPlot is a collaborative vegetation-plot database organised by the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) and listed in the Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD ID EU-00-003). GrassPlot collects plot records (relevés) from grasslands and other open habitats of the Palaearctic biogeographic realm. It focuses on precisely delimited plots of eight standard grain sizes (0.0001; 0.001; ... 1,000 m²) and on nested-plot series with at least four different grain sizes. The usage of GrassPlot is regulated through bylaws that intend to balance the interests of data contributors and data users. The current version (v. 1.00) contains data for approximately 170,000 plots of different sizes and 2,800 nested-plot series. The key components are richness data and metadata. However, most included datasets also encompass compositional data. About 14,000 plots have near-complete records of terricolous bryophytes and lichens in addition to vascular plants. At present, GrassPlot contains data from 36 countries throughout the Palaearctic, spread across elevational gradients and major grassland types. GrassPlot with its multi-scale and multi-taxon focus complements the larger international vegetation-plot databases, such as the European Vegetation Archive (EVA) and the global database “sPlot”. Its main aim is to facilitate studies on the scale- and taxon-dependency of biodiversity patterns and drivers along macroecological gradients. GrassPlot is a dynamic database and will expand through new data collection coordinated by the elected Coordinating Board. We invite researchers with suitable data to join GrassPlot. Researchers with project ideas addressable with GrassPlot data are welcome to submit proposals to the Governing Board.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1127/phyto/2018/0267
ISSN: 2363-7153
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/4916
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