This database is a global archive and describes plant traits from throughout the globe. TRY is a network of vegetation scientists headed by DIVERSITAS, IGBP, iDiv, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and an international Advisory Board. About half of the data are geo-referenced, providing a global coverage of more than 8000 measurement sites.
The majority of data in the TRY database is non-public. These data are available upon request.
Activities of the TRY initiative are headed by the Steering Committee, which comprises leading scientists from around the globe, including the principle investigators of the former IGBP Fast Track Initiative on Refining Plant Functional Classifications and the hosting institute of the TRY database.
The Steering Committee provides guidance for the development of the TRY initiative, is responsible for the approval of proposals submitted to TRY and has facilitated third party funding from DIVERSITAS, IGBP, QUEST and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry - the basis for a long-term perspective of TRY.