What is COMPADRE?by Owen Jones on Jul 7, 2014
The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database is a repository containing demographic information on hundreds of plant species. It is a long-term enterprise initiated in 1989 by Jonathan Silvertown and Miguel Franco and is currently supported and hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany). The COMPADRE team consists of three sub-teams: a core committee, a science committee and a digitisation team. You can find out more about the database and its history at the main COMPADRE website. Our goal is to make publicly available the demographic knowledge based on population projection matrices of species in the plant kingdom, and to facilitate its usage for scientific and teaching purposes. COMPADRE is an open-access database - we only request users to register and login prior to accessing data. This is simply so we can keep a track on how much the database is getting used. This knowledge will be extremely useful for us as we try to secure funding to maintain and grow COMPADRE over the coming years.