Roots in the TRY database?
During the last years the TRY initiative has combined an unprecedented number of plant trait measurements and has made these data available for trait-based approaches in ecology and biodiversity science and for the improvement of vegetation models (www.try-db.org).
Here we will present recent progress with respect to (1) the new Intellectual Property Guidelines of the TRY initiative, which facilitate public data access; (2) updated data coverage: where are we missing data? Which PFTs? Which areas of the globe?; (3) the representation of root traits in the TRY database; and (4) improved probabilistic models to statistically fill gaps in the TRY trait matrix.