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New publication – Fungal diversity regulates plant-soil feedbacks in temperate grassland

Text and pic by John Davison and Marina Semchenko Ecologists have long suspected that one key to explaining plant diversity lies with their enemies, including pathogenic soil microbes. Plant–soil feedback describes a process whereby plants shape the microbial communities living … Continue reading

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Not one, but two seminars: Björn Lindahl about symbiotic composition in boreal soils & Paul Ashton about genes and grasses in meadow

Seminars of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker1: Prof. Björn Lindahl is based at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. He is visiting the Department of Botany to act … Continue reading

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Annual update on our share of most influencal scientist

Text by Lauri Laanisto Last year, when Clarivate Analytics published the list of most influential scientists in the world, we in EcolChange were rather happy about it, because: “From those 7 most influential Estonian researchers 4 (!!!) are members of … Continue reading

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New publication – Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities

Text by Martin Luther University in Halle via EurekaAlert /Ed: This new macroecological paper includes Meelis Pärtel and Ülo Niinemets from EcolChange as coauthors./ Which plant species grow where, alongside which others – and why? The diversity of global vegetation … Continue reading

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Martin Novak about Isotope constraints on N2-fixation and denitrification

Seminar Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Martin Novak from Czech Geological Survey, Prague Title of the talk: Isotope constraints on N2-fixation and denitrification in Central European peatlands Additionaly: local PhD students – Alisa Krasnova, Thomas Schindler, Mohit Masta – will … Continue reading

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New publication – Plant diversity in oceanic archipelagos: realistic patterns emulated by an agent-based computer simulation

Text by Madli Jõks Simulated islands help to untangle the secrets of biodiversity Volcanic islands emerge empty from the sea and thus, offer a unique change to study how plant- and animal species colonize new areas. They have been in … Continue reading

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Andres Metspalu about biobanks and personalized medicine

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Andres Metspalu is professor of biotechnology at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, and head of Estonian Genome Centre. Title of the talk: From biobanking to personalized … Continue reading

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DOI codes will be used parallel to species names

Text from Research in Estonia page (link to the original post) Scientists at the University of Tartu created a new method for communicating species. The classification initiated by Carl von Linné, which has lasted for over 200 years, does not … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Melissa McCormick about orchid mycorrhiza

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Melissa McCormick is ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA. She visitis Department of Botany to act as opponent at the PhD defence of Jane Oja on November 8th, … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Ebe Merilo about stomatal regulation of crops

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Ebe Merilo is senior researcher at the Institute of Technology, University of Tartu. Title of the talk: Stomatal regulation of crops Time: Thursday, 25. October 2018 at 15.15 Place: Tartu, … Continue reading

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