Category Archives: New publication

New publications about carbon in plant leaves

Originally posted in Ülo Niinemet’s Lab blog. Text by Ülo Niinemets Carbon, C, is the most frequent chemical element in plant leaves, but leaf carbon content is a surprisingly understudied plant trait. Modern elemental analyzers typically give estimates of nitrogen, … Continue reading

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New publication: Fine-root traits in the global spectrum of plant form and function

Text by: Carlos Carmona and Riin Tamme A study about how fine root traits fit in plant form and function led by EcolChange members is published in this week’s issue of Nature magazine. The study is also featured on the … 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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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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New publication – The fate of carbon in a mature forest under carbon dioxide enrichment

Originally published in emu.ee site (link).   Nature: Don’t hope mature forests to soak up carbon dioxide emissions   Globally, forests act as a large carbon sink, absorbing a substantial portion of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Whether mature forests will … Continue reading

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New publication – Population-level performance of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh in dense monocultures

Text and pics by Susanna Vain The tiny weedy species Arabidopsis thaliana can teach us quite a bit about agriculture, even though the species itself is not agriculturally important. Arabidopsis has played an immense role in helping us understand the … Continue reading

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New publication – Global gene flow releases invasive plants from environmental constraints on genetic diversity

Text originally posted in University of Queensland (link) Plants that break some of the ‘rules’ of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways may have a higher chance of surviving climate change, according to researchers from the University of Queensland and … Continue reading

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New paper – Predictability of leaf morphological traits for paleoecological reconstruction: the case of leaf cuticle and leaf dry mass per area

Text by Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson and Tiina Tosens We just published a paper about the plausibility of using cuticle thickness in gymnosperms as a proxy for leaf mass per dry area (LMA). It was as the result of a wonderful collaboration … Continue reading

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New publication – Are stomata in ferns and allies sluggish? Stomatal responses to CO2, humidity and light and their scaling with size and density

Text by Liisa Kübarsepp Recently our lab published a new paper in New Phytologist on the stomatal reactions of ferns and allies. In this paper, we question the overall sluggishness that is assumed of evolutionarily older plants, and study thoroughly … Continue reading

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