Today is a pretty exciting day. The StrateGo network is being officially introduced worldwide at the 39th New Phytologist symposium on “Trait covariation: Structural and functional relationships in plant ecology”. This symposium takes place in Exeter, UK, and has attracted over 120 researchers, ranging from established researchers to very dynamic early career researchers, from all over the globe to talk about the latest development in plant trait ecology.
The main emphasis of this three-day mini-conference is on outlining the state of the art in the methods, data (current and required for the future) and results summarising how plant trait variation limits or promotes species diversity and functioning. One of the aspects that was mentioned repeatedly already from the first day is how to link trait information to fitness measures. This is precisely at the core of the set of hypotheses that the StrateGo Network aims to address (poster below).
The poster of the presentation is found below, and the associated flash-talk presentation can also be downloaded here: Salguero-Gomez Flash talk – StrateGo network
The high-resolution version of the poster can be downloaded here: Salguero-Gomez New Phytol Exeter symp FINAL
I hope that as many of you as possible will join the network. The protocols for plant trait and vital rate information (i.e. demographic information on annual censuses) are being finalised, and will soon be made available in this website. The sampling of functional trait data and vital rate information at the same plots and for the same species, potentially worldwide, will start in the summer Northern hemispheric. The fieldwork in total is expected to take about 2-3 days of fieldwork for a person a year.