AusTraits is an emerging national data asset quantifying the traits of Australia’s flora, which comprises approximately 26,000 different plant species.

Functional and structural traits (such as leaf size, potential photosynthetic rate, maximum height, floral colour, floral symmetry) capture differences among species in their ecology, function, and evolution, and are crucial for advancing core research and applied outcomes in plant science.

1 Improved data coverage and quality
To broaden coverage of the resource, AusTraits v2.0 connects with two new datasets and research communities.
2 Improved data access
Data will be made available via existing biodiversity platforms including Flora of Australia, Atlas of Living Australia, and EcoCommons.

Core features

Access and discoverability
AusTraits v2.0 will be made available as an open access resource via existing biodiversity platforms
National coverage
AusTraits v2.0 will connect with two new datasets and research communities to provide comprehensive coverage of functional and structural traits across Australia’s flora.

Who is this project for?

  • Researchers
  • Research organisations
  • Government agencies

What does this project enable?

By delivering a research-ready resource, AusTraits will transform our ability to both understand and manage Australian vegetation. AusTraits will provide tangible impacts beyond academic research by liberating ecological data which can be used to create stronger conservation management, business investment and societal engagement with the environment.

Macquarie UniversityVisit
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain TrustVisit
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity ResearchVisit
The University of MelbourneVisit
Western Sydney UniversityVisit
Landcare Research New ZealandVisit
University of New EnglandVisit
Murdoch UniversityVisit
University of ArizonaVisit
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: Australian Biological Resources StudyVisit
Parks AustraliaVisit
Atlas of Living AustraliaVisit
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental ResearchVisit
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and EnvironmentVisit
Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and AttractionsVisit
Greening AustraliaVisit