Pannonian Database of Plant Traits
About the project
During the last few decades, several international databases have been established in which the most important measurable plant traits have been collected, mostly to meet the needs of research projects. These include the LEDA, the CLO-PLA, the GLOPNET, the Seed Information Database (SID), the BIOPOP, the D3 database, and the BiolFLOR databases. The most frequently used database, so called database of the databases, is the TRY, which incorporates several from the above-mentioned individual databases. Although data on a huge number of plant traits can easily be found in these databases, the fact that they incorporate data from several different sources, countries and from regions with markedly different climatic conditions makes their use problematic especially in studies at a regional level. Climate and local abiotic conditions in general have a considerable effect on the trait values of plants, which means that the applicability of such databases can be very limited. Moreover, these databases mostly focus on the flora of Western and North-Western Europe, so species with a more continental distribution, which are highly represented in the Pannonian flora, are almost completely missing from them, further limiting their usefulness for studies of the flora and vegetation of the Eastern part of the continent. These problems have launched the creation of a plant trait database that focuses on the Pannonian flora.
PADAPT incorporates both previously published plant trait data from Hungary and new measurements of plants collected in the Pannonian region by the PADAPT team. Our aim was to collect data about as many easily measurable plant traits as possible and to make these data accessible to everybody in order to facilitate trait-based studies of the Pannonian flora and vegetation. PADAPT will not only contain traits in the narrow sense (e.g., plant height, seed mass and leaf area) but also information on the species’ life form, ecological strategy and indicator values.

The establishment of PADAPT was initiated by the researchers of the Department of Ecology of the University of Debrecen and the MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group.

The project was financially supported by NKFIH KH 130320, KH 129483 and K119225.
  • Carex tometosa
  • Clinopodium vulgare
  • Dictamnus albus
  • MTA-DE Lendület
  • Debreceni Egyetem
  • ELKH
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