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dc.contributor.authorPaine, C E Timothyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBaraloto, Christopheren_UK
dc.contributor.authorDiaz, Sandraen_UK
dc.description.abstract1. Functional traits provide insight into a variety of ecological questions, yet the optimal sampling method to estimate the community-level distribution of plant functional trait values remains a subject of debate, especially in species-rich forests. 2. We present a simulation analysis of the trait distribution of a set of nine completely sampled permanent plots in the lowland rain forests of French Guiana. 3. Increased sampling intensity consistently improved accuracy in estimating community-weighted means and variances of functional trait values, whereas there was substantial variation among functional traits and minor differences among sampling strategies. 4. Thus, investment in intensified sampling yields a greater improvement in the accuracy of estimation than does an equivalent investment in sampling design complication. 5. Notably, ‘taxon-free' strategies frequently had greater accuracy than did abundance-based strategies, which had the additional cost of requiring botanical surveys. 6. We conclude that there is no substitute for extensive field sampling to accurately characterize the distribution of functional trait values in species-rich forests.en_UK
dc.relationPaine CET, Baraloto C & Diaz S (2015) Optimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forests. Functional Ecology, 29 (10), pp. 1325-1331.
dc.rightsThis item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Paine, C. E. T., Baraloto, C., Díaz, S. (2015), Optimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forests. Functional Ecology, 29: 1325–1331, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.en_UK
dc.subjectFrench Guianaen_UK
dc.subjectfunctional traitsen_UK
dc.subjectplant traitsen_UK
dc.subjectspecific leaf areaen_UK
dc.subjectwood densityen_UK
dc.subjectsampling designen_UK
dc.subjecttropical foresten_UK
dc.titleOptimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forestsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleFunctional Ecologyen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUMR "Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane", French Guianaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidad Nacional de Córdobaen_UK
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local.rioxx.authorPaine, C E Timothy|0000-0001-8705-3719en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBaraloto, Christopher|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDiaz, Sandra|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenamePaine et al. Sampling Strategies 2 2015 01 09.pdfen_UK
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