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

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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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Endrédi, A., Jordán, F. & Abonyi, A. Trait-based paradise — or only feeding the computer with biology?. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 19, 319–321 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1556/168.2018.19.3.13

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Keywords

  • Functional group
  • Keystone species
  • Trait-based