Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 263-271

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

  • Peter PoschlodAffiliated withInstitute of Botany, University of Regensburg Email author 
  • , Michael KleyerAffiliated withLandscape Ecology Group (FB 7), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • , Anne-Kathrin JackelAffiliated withInstitute of Botany, University of Regensburg
  • , Andrea DannemannAffiliated withLandscape Ecology Group (FB 7), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • , O. Tackenberg

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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 conservation Plant functional types Plant management Plant vulnerability analysis