The "Ecoinformatics Portal" was developed by Jürgen Dengler from the Plant Ecology Group to provide access to various research activities within BayCEER in the field of ecoinformatics. When he moved to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland in 2017, the website was partly kept up-to-date until 2019. It is no longer maintained since 2020. Major parts of the information, particularly on the GrassPlot and regional vegetation-plot databases, has moved to the "Databases" section of the EDGG website.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dengler, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Privatdozent at Plant Ecology, BayCEER/University of Bayreuth, E-mail:

Ecoinformatics Portal Bayreuth

Vegetation-plot databases - powerful tools for ecological research

The activities mainly concern vegetation-plot databases, one of the most powerful sources of information in the field of ecoinformatics. Jürgen Dengler has been one of the key players in advancing the establishment and use of such databases during the past 1.5 decades, nationally and internationally.

The portal is divided into the points

  • About: Background on vegetation-plot data and their unique qualities
  • Megadatabases: Big databases that provide metadata on vegetation-plot database or aggregate them into a coherent database
  • Vegetation databases: Vegetation-plot databases with involvement of J. Dengler
  • GrassPlot: Database of high-quality data of scale-dependent phytodiversity in Palaearctic grasslands
  • Tools: Ecoinformatics tools to use and analyse large vegetation-plot databases
  • Projects: Research projects using vegetation-plot databases with involvement of J. Dengler
  • Publications: Publications by J. Dengler and his team on this topic



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