Category Archives: New publication

New publication – Ancient environmental DNA reveals shifts in dominant mutualisms during the late Quaternary

Text by Martin Zobel, Mari Moora & John Davison Using ancient DNA, it is possible to study the species and communities that inhabited past landscapes. However, finding more or less intact ancient DNA is challenging because DNA degrades quickly. One … Continue reading

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New paper out – Diterpenoid fingerprints in pine foliage across an environmental and chemotypic matrix: Isoabienol content is a key trait differentiating chemotypes

Text by Lauri Laanisto Intraspecific variability in functional traits has emerged in recent years as a quite important phenomenon. At least in plant ecology. Traditional view in life sciences has promoted between-species differences as much more significant drivers of ecological … Continue reading

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New papers published – Glandular trichomes and stomatal conductance play crucial roles in protecting plants against ozone stress

Text by Shuai Li Two papers studying how plants cope with ozone stress were recently published in the journal Plant Cell & Environment. The first paper estimates the possible protective role of non-glandular and glandular trichomes on the leaf surface … Continue reading

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New publication – Restoration of plant species and genetic diversity depends on landscape-scale dispersal

Text and pics by Tsipe Aavik In the era of ongoing global change, restoration efforts must lead to self-sustainable ecosystems resilient to environmental changes. Thus, it is necessary that restoration aims at achieving not only target species richness and composition, … Continue reading

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New paper published – Oak gall wasp infections of Quercus robur leaves lead to profound modifications in foliage photosynthetic and volatile emission characteristics

Text by Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson Everyone with keen eyes that has been walking in wooded areas in the recent years must have noticed small growths on tree leaves called galls. Sometimes the infections can be massive, where it is hard to … Continue reading

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New paper published – Think globally, research locally: emerging opportunities for mycorrhizal research in South America

Text by Guillermo Bueno Two members of the plant ecology team led by Martin Zobel (Maarja Öpik and Guillermo Bueno) were invited as keynote speakers to a symposium on „Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America“ in Valdivia, … Continue reading

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New paper published – Niche differentiation and expansion of plant species are associated with mycorrhizal symbiosis

Text by Maret Gerz Mycorrhizal symbiosis affects the realized niches of plant species Mechanisms of coexistence has fascinated ecologists for a long time and one of the proposed ways is minimizing competition by niche differentiation. According to this, to coexist, … Continue reading

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New publications – two papers about new species of fungi

Text by Lauri Laanisto The scope of our Centre of Excellence is indeed wide, stretching occasionally to systematics and taxonomy. Here are two rather fresh papers about new species of fungi (though, with fungi things are usually not too fresh…) … Continue reading

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New paper published – Physiological and structural tradeoffs underlying the leaf economics spectrum

Text and graph by Tiina Tosens In the world-wide leaf economics spectrum (Wright et al. 2004, Nature) variability of three key traits: photosynthesis rate, leaf nitrogen content, and leaf dry mass per area of 2500 species (from study sites with … Continue reading

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New paper published – Adaptive root foraging strategies along a boreal–temperate forest gradient

Text by Ivika Ostonen Fine roots are the principal organs for absorption of water and nutrients in soil, and their growth patterns control forest production and sustainability. In most boreal and temperate forest trees, the fine root nutrient acquisition is … Continue reading

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