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The importance of trait selection in ecology

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Fig. 1: PCA of the 301 species analysed in Carmona et al.1 using differing trait subsets and no varimax rotation.

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The data to reproduce Fig. 1 and Supplementary Table 1 are available according to the statement in Carmona et al.1 in the Figshare repository:


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A.W., L.M., K.A., C.M.I., J.B., H.B., G.T.F., N.R.G.-R., J.K., T.W.K., D.C.L., I.C.M., F.v.d.P., H.P., C.R., J.v.R., F.M.S., M.S., C.J.S., O.J.V.-B., L.M.Y. and M.L.M. discussed the results and contributed to the text. K.A. produced the figure.

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Analysis of the complete dataset (301 species) with full information for all traits based on species mean trait data.

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Weigelt, A., Mommer, L., Andraczek, K. et al. The importance of trait selection in ecology. Nature 618, E29–E30 (2023).

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