Data from: Taxonomic and functional turnover are decoupled in European peat bogs

  • Bjorn J.M. Robroek (Creator)
  • Vincent E.J. Jassey (Creator)
  • Richard J. Payne (Creator)
  • Magalí Martí (Creator)
  • Luca Bragazza (Creator)
  • Albert Bleeker (Creator)
  • Alexandre Buttler (Creator)
  • Simon J.M. Caporn (Creator)
  • Nancy B. Dise (Creator)
  • Jens Kattge (Creator)
  • Katarzyna Zajac (Creator)
  • Bo H. Svensson (Creator)
  • Jasper van Ruijven (Creator)
  • Jos T.A. Verhoeven (Creator)



In peatland ecosystems, plant communities mediate a globally significant carbon store. The effects of global environmental change on plant assemblages are expected to be a factor in determining how ecosystem functions such as carbon uptake will respond. Using vegetation data from 56 Sphagnum-dominated peat bogs across Europe, we show that in these ecosystems plant species aggregate into two major clusters that are each defined by shared response to environmental conditions. Across environmental gradients, we find significant taxonomic turnover in both clusters. However, functional identity and functional redundancy of the community as a whole remain unchanged. This strongly suggests that in peat bogs, species turnover across environmental gradients is restricted to functionally similar species. Our results demonstrate that plant taxonomic and functional turnover are decoupled, which may allow these peat bogs to maintain ecosystem functioning when subject to future environmental change.
Date made available27 Oct 2017
PublisherUtrecht University
Geographical coverageEurope


  • community ecology
  • species diversity
  • functional diversity
  • plant functional traits
  • peatland ecology
  • environmental gradients
  • climate change
  • Andromeda polifolia
  • Betula nana
  • Carex pauciflora
  • Drosera anglica
  • Drosera rotundifolia
  • Empetrum nigrum
  • Rubus chamaemorus
  • Scheuchzeria palustris
  • Vaccinium oxycoccus
  • Vaccinium uliginosum
  • Vaccinium microcarpon
  • Calluna vulgaris
  • Eriophorum angustifolium
  • Erica tetralix
  • Molinia caerulea
  • Narthecium ossifragum
  • Trichophorum cespitosum
  • Eriophorum vaginatum
  • Rhynchospora alba
  • Sphagnum angustifolium
  • Sphagnum balticum
  • Sphagnum fallax
  • Sphagnum fuscum
  • Sphagnum majus
  • Sphagnum rubellum
  • Sphagnum capillifolium
  • Sphagnum austinii
  • Sphagnum cuspidatum
  • Sphagnum flexuosum
  • Sphagnum papillosum
  • Sphagnum magellanicum
  • Sphagnum pulchrum
  • Sphagnum tenellum
  • Dicranales
  • Hypnales
  • Bryales
  • Cladonia spp.
  • Polytrichales

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