EcolChange seminar – Lauri Laanisto about intraspecific trait variability in plants

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange

Lauri Laanisto is senior researcher of macroecology at Estonian University of Life Sciences

Title of the talk: Intraspecific trait variability – what, why, and maybe even a little how

Time: Thursday, 02. November 2017 at 15.15

Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)


Phacelia secunda from Chile is the focal species in this seminar (pic from here)


Common assumption is that interspecific trait variation (ITV) contributes more to functional variability than intraspecific variation. Yet, some recent studies have shown that ITV can play significant role in affecting community assembly and species interactions. ITV is estimated to be responsible for 1/3 of functional variability within a plant community. However, general patterns of ITV are yet to emerge in trait ecology. I´ll try to give a little overview of ITV – what it is, why it could be important to measure it, and how does it work. And demonstrate some fresh patterns widening the perspective of ITV studies.

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