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EcolChange seminar – Elin Org about mice and men and microbiota

Seminars of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Elin Org is senior researcher in genomics and microbiomics at the Institute of Genomics of University of Tartu. Title of the talk: … Continue reading

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Blogyear summary 2018

Text Lauri Laanisto It is already February. Nearly a month too late. But as the years go by, more and more reports are required every January, which is why the summaries of voluntary nature tend to get delayed or even … Continue reading

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Not one, but again two seminars: Marc-André Selosse & Benoît Perez-Lamarque about mycorrhiza

Holiday season is thankfully over, and time to get back to science! Seminars of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker1: Prof. Selosse is based at the National Museum of Natural History … Continue reading

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Ilkka Hanski´s “Messages from Islands” now in Estonian

Text by Lauri Laanisto In a tiny country like Estonia scientists are probably more concious about progeny than in more populated places where the flow of potential students is much more steady. So, most of Estonian scientists are involved in … Continue reading

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Soil biodiversity training school

/Here´s an announcment about slightly EcolChange-related soil biodiversity training school that will take place in Tartu in January. But it´s important to stress out that the registration deadline is already on 15th of December!/   COST Action “KEYSOM” – 3rd … Continue reading

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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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