Category Archives: New publication

New paper published – Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in forest plant roots are simultaneously shaped by host characteristics and canopy-mediated light availability

Text by Kadri Koorem Recent years have been ground-breaking in describing the diversity patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. These microscopic fungi live in plant roots and receive carbon compounds from the plant in exchange of nutrients. In natural conditions, … Continue reading

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New paper published – Trait assembly in grasslands depends on habitat history and spatial scale

Text and pic by Liina Saar Recently published paper by Liina Saar, Meelis Pärtel and Aveliina Helm together with Francesco de Bello from Czechia (University of South Bohemia) in Oecologia revealed that grasslands with regular and long management history are … Continue reading

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New paper published – Secondary succession in alvar grasslands – do changes in vascular plant and cryptogam communities correspond?

Text by Lauri Laanisto & Martin Zobel Alvar grasslands are probably one of the better-studied ecosystems in Europe. They are narrowly distributed in Swedish islands, Estonia, and tiny bits also in western Russia near St Petersburg. (Though, rather similar ecosystems … Continue reading

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New paper published – Community response to alkaline pollution as an adjusting re-assembly between alternative stable states

Text by Ave Suija and Jaan Liira Man made disturbances and environmental pollution are the reality of contemporary world, however, such long-term created environmental gradients are handy to describe ecological processes (community dynamics) otherwise difficult to observe in natural conditions … Continue reading

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New paper published – Both spatiotemporal connectivity and habitat quality limit the immigration of forest plants into wooded corridors

Text by Taavi Paal and Jaan Liira What limits forest plant migration along wooded corridors? Europe’s natural forest is heavily fragmented by agricultural land. Such isolation threatens the long-term persistence of forest biodiversity. The concept of patch-corridor-matrix system suggests that … Continue reading

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New paper published – Emissions of carotenoid cleavage products upon heat shock and mechanical wounding from a foliose lichen

Text by Lauri Laanisto I like that this paper starts with a metaphor: “Chlorophyll (Chl) is a double-edged sword for plants.” Because “This molecule is capable of harvesting sunlight, initiating the process of photosynthesis, but it also involves an unavoidable … Continue reading

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New paper published – Selection of source material for introduction of the locally rare and threatened fern species Asplenium septentrionale

Text by Jaan Liira Forked spleenwort, Asplenium septentrionale, is a mainly petrophilous fern species in European mountains and rare on acidic siliceous rocks in lowland areas of the continent, where habitats are fragmented and populations isolated. In Estonia, the single … Continue reading

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New paper published – Global leaf trait estimates biased due to plasticity in the shade

Text by Trevor Keenan Our new paper, “Global leaf trait estimates biased due to plasticity in the shade” (link to full text) was published online in Nature Plants on December 19th. It highlights a literally shady issue in plant science … Continue reading

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New paper published – Toxic Influence of Key Organic Soil Pollutants on the Total Flavonoid Content in Wheat Leaves

Text by Lauri Laanisto Another study through Ülo Niinemets´connection in Romania (see the one about the effects of wifi and phone waves on volatiles here). This time they looked into how textile dyes and antibiotics (which are the main classes … Continue reading

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New paper published – Induction of stress volatiles and changes in essential oil content and composition upon microwave exposure in the aromatic plant Ocimum basilicum

Text by Lauri Laanisto Ok, this study is basically about how phone and internet waves (i.e. electromagnetic pollution) affect the volatiles and essential oils in basil (and there are lots of them in basil). So, apparently these waves either lower … Continue reading

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