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Data Update February 2018

Data Update – February 2018


Data publication from TERN repositories continues to grow and so too do the number of researchers utilising these great open-access resources and services.
 

This month we feature vegetation and plant trait data collected along the Biodiversity and Adaptation Transect Sydney (BATS), which forms part of TERN’s national network of large-scale transect infrastructure. Data on plant abundance, functional diversity and fungal diversity collected from 35 monitoring plots along the transect between 2011 and 2015 are now openly available. Plant specimens collected for identification and DNA analyses have also been lodged with NSW herbarium.

These data are already being used to assess community diversity and turnover along environmental gradients. This is exemplified in this month's TERN eNewsletter article 'Spotting the signals of climate adaptation', which introduces an exciting new project that's providing vital insights into predicting plants' response to climate change.

Research infrastructure along the BATS is collaboratively delivered by TERN, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Macquarie University, The University of Sydney, and the Australian Research Council.
 

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TERN Australian Transect Network, Biodiversity and Adaptation Transect Sydney (BATS) - Vegetation and trait data (2011 - 2015)


Data on plant abundance, functional diversity and fungal diversity collected from 35 monitoring plots along the BATS

Temporal coverage: 2011 to 2015

 

The BATS transect is a collection of environmental monitoring sites spread between Sydney's northern beaches and the Blue Mountains and is one of seven sub-continental transects that make up TERN’s national network of large-scale transect infrastructure

 

Research using the BATS infrastructure and data is investigating taxonomic, functional, genetic and genomic turn-over along a natural environmental gradient (images courtesy of Maurizio Rossetto and Susan Rutherford)

     

 

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Top image courtesy of Susan Rutherford

 

Published in TERN newsletter February 2018