Plant traits - a tool for restoration?


I've been watching a paper since July or so. That's when I first saw it in Applied Vegetation Science, in press, looking lonely. We shared a glance, a moment, and I ended up reading the paper. It's a framework by several prominent ecologists from the Institute for Applied Ecology and the UW on how plant traits can be used to predict ecosystem restoration outcomes.  I liked it. I actually kind of wished that I had written it, but I didn't. I don't work in grasslands, so I wonder how broadly this framework can be applied.

I sent this paper to a friend a couple weeks ago and we concurred that the use of traits as predictors of restoration outcomes, or indicators of restoration performance may very well be the next frontier in restoration ecology and/or plant ecology in general. How ecologists can actually go about accomplishing this is still very much up for debate. It may take more than traits as predictors of productivity over time to make this broadly applicable, but the debate moves on.

On that note, I leave you with the following link:

Plant traits – a tool for restoration?

  1. Deborah L. Clark1,*
  2. Mark Wilson1
  3. Rachael Roberts2
  4. Peter W. Dunwiddie3
  5. Amanda Stanley4
  6. Thomas N. Kaye4


Applied Vegetation Science

Volume 15Issue 4pages 449–458, October 2012

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