Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 263–271

BIOPOP — A database of plant traits and internet application for nature conservation


    • Institute of BotanyUniversity of Regensburg
  • Michael Kleyer
    • Landscape Ecology Group (FB 7)Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Anne-Kathrin Jackel
    • Institute of BotanyUniversity of Regensburg
  • Andrea Dannemann
    • Landscape Ecology Group (FB 7)Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • O. Tackenberg

DOI: 10.1007/BF02803198

Cite this article as:
Poschlod, P., Kleyer, M., Jackel, A. et al. Folia Geobot (2003) 38: 263. doi:10.1007/BF02803198


In scientific literature there is a wealth of information about the ecological and life-history traits of plant species. This information would be very valuable for a functional analysis of the response of species and communities to environmental changes and subsequent vulnerability/viability analysis or predictive modelling. However, the information is scattered in a multiple of different sources. Researchers often are discouraged from searching all available information.

We are compiling a database of plant traits of the flora of Germany. Our aim is to create a comprehensive, well documented database to be made freely accessible within FLORAWEB, an Internet portal of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). An interactive user-interface will enable the data to be readily used for extracting biological risk factors and for decision-making in nature conservation.

A further aim of the project is to develop an application to enable simple predictions of plant population responses to habitat conservation or restoration management.


Plant conservationPlant functional typesPlant managementPlant vulnerability analysis

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© Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2003