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EcolChange seminar – Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson about the forest cover changes in Scandinavia

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson is Professor of Plant Ecology at Mid Sweden University. His research focuses on forest history and dynamics and its role in maintaining forest biodiversity. He has played an … Continue reading

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Two more global citizen science networks calling for participants – FunLeaf and FunHome

Last week we had a post about DarkDivNet, a global network to explore the dark diversity of plant communities, instigated by Meelis Pärtel´s macroecology workgroup in the University of Tartu. Now the Natural History Museum in Tartu, led by Urmas … Continue reading

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New publication – Non-native species led to marked shifts in functional diversity of the world freshwater fish faunas

Text by Aurele Toussaint The biodiversity of freshwater fish fauna disturbed by invasive species Non-native species introductions are recognized as one of the major drivers responsible of the ongoing sixth biodiversity crisis, along with climate change, pollution and habitat loss. … Continue reading

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New publication – Didymocyrtis trassii sp. nov. and other lichenicolous fungi on Cetraria aculeata

Text by Lauri Laanisto Time for another taxonomy paper about fungi. (The previous blogpost about that can be found from here.) This time about new species that grow on lichens, specifically Cetraria aculeata. Genus Cetraria is called cuckoo´s ear in … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Nele Ingerpuu about the new trends in bryology

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Nele Ingerpuu is senior researcher at the Department of Botany, Tartu University. Title of the talk: Some new trends in bryology  Time: Tuesday, 04. October 2018 at 15.15 Place: … Continue reading

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DarkDivNet – Call for participants

DarkDivNet is a global network to explore the dark diversity of plant communities. Why are some species present and others absent in a locality? To answer this central ecological and biogeographical question, we have to explore biodiversity at different spatial … Continue reading

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New publication – Genetic differentiation, phenotypic plasticity and adaptation in a hybridizing pair of a more common and a less common Carex species

Text and pic by Lisanna Schmidt Species experience heterogeneous environments across their distribution area. Different biotic and abiotic factors affect populations within species and often result in regional differentiation. Under differing selection pressures, populations vary in their plastic and adaptive … Continue reading

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New publication – Inoculation of Brevibacterium linens RS16 in Oryza sativa genotypes enhanced salinity resistance: impacts on photosynthetic traits and foliar volatile emissions

Text by Ülo Niinemets A collaboration between the scientists from Estonian University of Life Sciences and Chungbuk National University, South Korea demonstrates how plant growth-promoting bacteria enhance plant salinity tolerance Soil salinity is one of the key abiotic stress factor … Continue reading

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New publication – Acclimation of Fine Root Systems to Soil Warming: Comparison of an Experimental Setup and a Natural Soil Temperature Gradient

Text by Kaarin Parts Global warming is predicted to impact high-latitude and high-altitude forests severely, jeopardizing their overall functioning and carbon storage, both of which depend on the warming response of tree fine root systems. This paper investigates the effect … Continue reading

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New paper out – Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome

/Editor´s note: It´s been silence in the blog throughout summer, as we all had a lot of field and lab work. But we´re back now!/ The first global study of soil genomics revealed a battle right under our feet. The … Continue reading

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