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GrassPlot - a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands
Zurich Univ Appl Sci ZHAW, Inst Nat Resource Sci IUNR, Vegetat Ecol Grp, Gruentalstr 14, CH-8820 Wadenswil, Switzerland.;Univ Bayreuth, Bayreuth Ctr Ecol & Environm Res BayCEER, Plant Ecol, Univ Str 30, D-95447 Bayreuth, Germany.;German Ctr Integrat Biodivers Res iDiv, Deutsch Pl 5e, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany..
Univ Alberta, Dept Biol Sci, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada..
Univ Warsaw, Fac Biol, Dept Plant Ecol & Environm Conservat, Ul Zwirki & Wigury 101, PL-02089 Warsaw, Poland..
Univ Basque Country, UPV EHU, Dept Plant Biol & Ecol, POB 644, Bilbao 48080, Spain..
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2018 (English)In: Phytocoenologia, ISSN 0340-269X, Vol. 48, no 3, p. 331-347Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 (releves) 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 m(2)) 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 vegetationplot 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 Governing 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.

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2018. Vol. 48, no 3, p. 331-347
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biodiversity, European Vegetation Archive (EVA), Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), grassland vegetation, GrassPlot, macroecology, multi-taxon, nested plot, scale-dependence, species-area relationship (SAR), sPlot, vegetation-plot database
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364515DOI: 10.1127/phyto/2018/0267ISI: 000440825400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-364515DiVA, id: diva2:1260813
Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2018-11-05Bibliographically approved

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