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Journal Articles (Data Paper) Ecology Year : 2023

Rock n' Seeds: A database of seed functional traits and germination experiments from Brazilian rock outcrop vegetation

Yasmine Antonini
Vanessa Gomes
Soizig Le Stradic
Isabel Cristina Machado
Fabiano Rodrigo Maia
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Andréa Marques
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Clesnan Mendes-Rodrigues
Maria Cristina T. B. Messias
Leonor Patrícia Cerdeira Morellato
Moemy Gomes de Moraes
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Bruno Moreira
Flávia Peres Nunes
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Ademir Oliveira
Yumi Oki
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Alba Rodrigues
Carolina Pietczak
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José Carlos Pina
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Silvio Junio Ramos
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Marli Ranal
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João Paulo Ribeiro-Oliveira
Flávio Rodrigues
Denise Santana
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Fernando Santos
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Ana Paula M. S. Senhuk
Rodrigo Silveira
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Natalia Costa Soares
Marcílio Zanetti
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Heloiza Zirondi
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Fernando Silveira

Abstract

Advancing functional ecology depends fundamentally on the availability of data on reproductive traits, including those from tropical plants, which have been historically underrepresented in global trait databases. Although some valuable databases have been created recently, they are mainly restricted to temperate areas and vegetative traits such as leaf and wood traits. Here, we present Rock n' Seeds, a database of seed functional traits and germination experiments from Brazilian rock outcrop vegetation, recognized as outstanding centers of diversity and endemism. Data were compiled through a systematic literature search, resulting in 103 publications from which seed functional traits were extracted. The database includes information on 16 functional traits for 383 taxa from 148 genera, 50 families, and 25 orders. These 16 traits include two dispersal, six production, four morphological, two biophysical, and two germination traits-the major axes of the seed ecological spectrum. The database also provides raw data for 48 germination experiments, for a total of 10,187 records for 281 taxa. Germination experiments in the database assessed the effect of a wide range of abiotic and biotic factors on germination and different dormancy-breaking treatments. Notably, 8255 of these records include daily germination counts. This input will facilitate synthesizing germination data and using this database for a myriad of ecological questions. Given the variety of seed traits and the extensive germination information made available by this database, we expect it to be a valuable resource advancing comparative functional ecology and guiding seed-based restoration and biodiversity conservation in tropical megadiverse ecosystems. There are no copyright restrictions on the data; please cite this paper when using the current data in publications; also the authors would appreciate notification of how the data are used in publications.
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hal-04111868 , version 1 (31-05-2023)

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Carlos Ordóñez-Parra, Roberta Dayrell, Daniel Negreiros, Antônio Andrade, Letícia Andrade, et al.. Rock n' Seeds: A database of seed functional traits and germination experiments from Brazilian rock outcrop vegetation. Ecology, 2023, 104 (1), ⟨10.1002/ecy.3852⟩. ⟨hal-04111868⟩
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