Functional Diversity Indices

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Functional diversity may be summarized using indices based on trait values and species importance in the community, like abundance, cover and biomass. This chapter includes taxonomy of the indices based upon the information they used and the output they offer. For each index we have included its definition, the information needed to estimate it, their statistical and ecological properties, and some reference to explore its application to real cases. To facilitate the comprehension of all indices and diversity measures we used homogeneous notation.


Single-trait indices Weighted diversity indices Multiple-trait indices Taxonomic biodiversity indices FDiversity software 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Pla
    • 1
  • Fernando Casanoves
    • 2
  • Julio Di Rienzo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural TechnologyFrancisco de Miranda National Experimental University (UNEFM), Complejo Docente El Hatillo UNEFMCoroRepública Bolivariana de Venezuela
  2. 2.Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)TurrialbaCosta Rica
  3. 3.Faculty of Agricultural SciencesThe National University of CordobaCórdobaArgentina

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