Community Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 319–321 | Cite as

Trait-based paradise — or only feeding the computer with biology?

  • A. Endrédi
  • F. JordánEmail author
  • A. Abonyi


We briefly discuss the relationship between the biological knowledge and the methodological issues related to traitbased ecological analyses. We provide illustrative examples and argue that the biological novelty of trait-based research is generally less than expected - while new information is mostly coming from data management and methodology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Danube Research InstituteMTA Centre for Ecological ResearchBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Evolutionary Systems Research GroupMTA Centre for Ecological ResearchTihanyHungary
  3. 3.Institute of Ecology and BotanyMTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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