For research projects usually is more interesting to access traitbase programatically. Traitbase supports three options:
Download the full database (This can be done in 3-4 tables downloaded as a ZIP file).
Use our R package traitbaseR to query and download data directly from R. This allow interacting with up-to-date data in real time and keep your workflow reproducible.
The package includes a series of useful functions to create summary statistics per species, obtain appropriate citation for the data used and track the version of the database used to ensure reproducibility of your results. See an example here (work in progress).
Use our API to connect directly with you preferred programming tool. See details on the API implementation here.