Zuijlen, K., Nobis, M.P., Hedenäs, L., Hodgetts, N., Alarcón, J.A.C., Albertos, B., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Gabriel, R., Garilleti, R., Lara, F., Preston, C.D., Simmel, J., Urmi, E., Bisang, I. & Bergamini, A. (2023) Bryophytes of Europe Traits (BET) dataset: a fundamental tool for ecological studies.Journal of Vegetation Science, 34(2), e13179. DOI:10.1111/jvs.13179 (IF2021 3,389; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Bryophytes are a diverse group of organisms with unique properties, yet they are severely underrepresented in plant trait databases. Building on the recently published European Red List of bryophytes and previous trait compilations, we present the Bryophytes of Europe Traits (BET) dataset, including biological traits such as those related to life history, growth habit, sexual and vegetative reproduction, ecological traits such as indicator values, substrate and habitat, and bioclimatic variables based on the species’ European range. The dataset includes values for 65 traits and 25 bioclimatic variables, containing more than 135 000 trait values with a completeness of 82.7% on average. The dataset will enable future studies in bryophyte biology, ecology and conservation and may help to answer fundamental questions in bryology.