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New paper published – Adaptive root foraging strategies along a boreal–temperate forest gradient

Text by Ivika Ostonen Fine roots are the principal organs for absorption of water and nutrients in soil, and their growth patterns control forest production and sustainability. In most boreal and temperate forest trees, the fine root nutrient acquisition is … Continue reading

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New paper published – Background invertebrate herbivory on dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa-nana complex) increases with temperature and precipitation across the tundra biome

Text by C. Guillermo Bueno Invertebrate herbivory in the tundra is prevalent and sensitive to climate change. Recent studies have shown that biotic interactions influence macroecological patterns and global dynamics, stressing the need to consider them outside local or regional … Continue reading

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IAVS 2017 in next week

Text by Lauri Laanisto Next week the town of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – or Palermo, as it´s sometimes called – will host this year´s annual meeting of vegetation scientists from all over the world. It will be the 60th … Continue reading

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Two EcolChange seminars this week with three presenters – Prinzing/Santonja/Young

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange This week we have not one, but two EcolChange seminars: First, on Tuesday, 23. May  2017 at 15.15 in Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium) Andreas Prinzing will do a presentation … Continue reading

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Taavi Paal defended his PhD thesis: congratulations!

Text by Lauri Laanisto Author: Taavi Paal Title: Immigration limitation of forest plants into wooded landscape corridors Supervisor: Dr Jaan Liira, University of Tartu, Estonia Dissertation was accepted for the commencement of the degree of Doctor philosophiae in plant ecology … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Alar Rosentau about sea-level changes and coastal settlements in Baltics

Seminar of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange + Seminar of Department of Botany and Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology Alar Rosentau is senior researcher at the Department of Geology, Tartu University. Title of the talk: Sea-level change and … Continue reading

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New paper published – Dispersal limitation determines large-scale dark diversity in Central and Northern Europe

Text by Kersti Riibak The inability of many plant species to disperse to environmentally suitable sites after the Last Glacial Maximum limits plant diversity within Europe. Dispersal may also limit species occupancy of potentially suitable sites within their distribution ranges, … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Lander Baeten about long-term changes of forest biodiversity

Seminar of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange + Seminar of Department of Botany and Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology Lander Baeten is professor at the Department of Forest and Water Management, Ghent University, Belgium. He visits Department of … Continue reading

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New paper published – Genetic consequences of landscape change for rare endemic plants–A case study of Rhinanthus osiliensis

Text by Tsipe Aavik Saaremaa yellow rattle (Rhinanthus osiliensis) is the only endemic species of the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. This rare insect-pollinated plant prefers to grow in calcareous spring fens, which are naturally relatively rare and have largely disappeared … Continue reading

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New paper published – Despite admixing two closely related Carex species differ in their regional morphological differentiation

Text and pics by Lisanna Schmidt Researchers from Estonia and Switzerland studied regional morphological differentiation of two closely related hybridising (and “taxonomically difficult”) species – Carex flava and Carex viridula. We asked whether due to genetic admixing of the two … Continue reading

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