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EcolChange seminar – Timo Maran about semiotics in ecology

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Prof. Timo Maran is Professor in Ecosemiotics and Environmental Humanities at Tartu University. His research focuses on the connection between ecology and semiotics, for example in multispecies environments (e.g. … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Eveli Otsing about the richness patterns of trees and fungi

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Eveli Otsing is a PhD student in our Department in the Ecology of Biological Interactions workgroup. Her research aims to shed more light onto the connections between trees (i.e. … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Giacomo Puglielli about the triangle of abiotic stress tolerance of woody plants

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Giacomo Puglielli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Tartu. His work focuses on stress responses of … Continue reading

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New publication – Global patterns of biomass allocation in woody species with different tolerance of shade and drought: evidence for multiple strategies

Text by Giacomo Puglielli Can we solve a long-standing debate in plant ecology? Plants are known to allocate the greatest proportion of biomass to the organs involved in the acquisition of the most limiting resource for growth. For example, if … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Siim-Kaarel Sepp about soil biota and land use

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Siim-Kaarel Sepp is a PhD student at the Plant Ecology workgroup of our Department of Botany. His research focuses on mycorrhizal fungi, in particular the impact of land use … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Marina Semchenko about plant-soil feedbacks

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Marina Semchenko is a senior researcher at our Department of Botany, in the Plant Ecology work group. Her main research focus is on biotic interactions between plants, including the … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Triin Reitalu about historical plant diversity analysis based on pollen data

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Triin Reitalu is senior researcher at the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology. She works on the functional and phylogenetic diversity in sedimentary pollen and plant … Continue reading

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New publication – Landscape context and plant population size affect morph frequencies in heterostylous Primula veris ‐ results of a nationwide citizen‐science campaign

Text and photos by Tsipe Aavik Citizen scientists bring surprising insights into cowslip mating system About half of the individuals of cowslip (Primula veris) have flowers with a short style, while the other half of individuals produce flowers with a … Continue reading

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New publication – Contrasting co‐occurrence patterns of photobiont and cystobasidiomycete yeast associated with common epiphytic lichen species

Text by Lauri Laanisto Spreading contingency on intimate relationships The world of lichens seemed a pretty clear when I was a bachelor student of biology in late 90s. Pretty and clear, to be more precise. It´s difficult to like these … Continue reading

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Why are Estonian mushroom scientists among the best in the world?

This post was originally written by Marian Männi and published in Research Estonia (link to the original post) Estonia became the world’s centre of mycology against all odds. Around every fifth person in Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, is a … Continue reading

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