(Bold names indicate EcolChange members.)


Zobel, M., Davison, J., Edwards, M. E., Brochmann, C., Coissac, E., Taberlet, P., Willerslev, E. & Moora, M. (2018). Ancient environmental DNA reveals shifts in dominant mutualisms during the late Quaternary. Nature Communications, 9(1), 139. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Kännaste, A., Laanisto, L., Pazouki, L., Copolovici, L., Suhorutšenko, M., Azeem, M., Toom, L., Borg-Karlson, A.-K. & Niinemets, Ü. (2018). Diterpenoid fingerprints in pine foliage across an environmental and chemotypic matrix: Isoabienol content is a key trait differentiating chemotypes. Phytochemistry, 147, 80-88. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Li, S., Tosens, T., Harley, P. C., Jiang, Y., Kanagendran, A., Grosberg, M., Jaamets, K. & Niinemets, Ü. (2018). Glandular trichomes as a barrier against atmospheric oxidative stress: relationships with ozone uptake, leaf damage and emission of LOX products across a diverse set of species. Plant, Cell & Environment, doi:10.1111/pce.13128 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Li, S., Harley, P.C. & Niinemets, Ü. (2017) Ozone-induced foliar damage and release of stress volatiles is highly dependent on stomatal openness and priming by low-level ozone exposure in Phaseolus vulgaris. Plant Cell & Environment 40, 1984–2003. (link to full text) (link to blog post)


García-Plazaola, J. I., Portillo-Estrada, M., Fernández-Marín, B., Kännaste, A., & Niinemets, Ü. (2017). Emissions of carotenoid cleavage products upon heat shock and mechanical wounding from a foliose lichen. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 133, 87-97. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Paal, T., Kütt, L., Lõhmus, K. & Liira, J. 2017. Both spatiotemporal connectivity and habitat quality limit the immigration of forest plants into wooded corridors. Plant Ecology (in press). doi: 10.1007/s11258-017-0700-7 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Török, P., & Helm, A. (2017). Ecological theory provides strong support for habitat restoration. Biological Conservation, 206, 85-91. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Suija, A., & Liira, J. (2016). Community response to alkaline pollution as an adjusting reassembly between alternative stable states. Journal of Vegetation Science, DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12506 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

de León, D. G., Neuenkamp, L., Gerz, M., Oja, E., & Zobel, M. Secondary succession in alvar grasslands–do changes in vascular plant and cryptogam communities correspond?. Folia Geobotanica, DOI: 10.1007/s12224-016-9260-1 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Saar, L., de Bello, F., Pärtel, M., & Helm, A. (2017). Trait assembly in grasslands depends on habitat history and spatial scale. Oecologia, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-017-3812-9 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Koorem, K., Tulva, I., Davison, J., Jairus, T., Öpik, M., Vasar, M., Zobel, M, & Moora, M. (2017). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in forest plant roots are simultaneously shaped by host characteristics and canopy-mediated light availability. Plant and Soil, 410(1-2), 259-271. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Bennett, J. A., & Pärtel, M. (2017). Predicting species establishment using absent species and functional neighborhoods. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2804 (link to full text) (link to blog post) (link to another blog post)

Bueno, C. G., Moora, M., Gerz, M., Davison, J., Öpik, M., Pärtel, M., Helm, A., Ronk, A. Kühn, I. & Zobel, M. (2017). Plant mycorrhizal status, but not type, shifts with latitude and elevation in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Veromann-Jürgenson, L. L., Tosens, T., Laanisto, L., & Niinemets, Ü. (2017) Extremely thick cell walls and low mesophyll conductance: welcome to the world of ancient living!. Journal of Experimental Botany, DOI: (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Copolovici, L., Pag, A., Kännaste, A., Bodescu, A., Tomescu, D., Copolovici, D., … & Niinemets, Ü. (2017). Disproportionate photosynthetic decline and inverse relationship between constitutive and induced volatile emissions upon feeding of Quercus robur leaves by large larvae of gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). Environmental and Experimental Botany, 138: 184–192. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Schmidt, L., Fischer, M., Schmid, B., & Oja, T. Despite admixing two closely related Carex species differ in their regional morphological differentiation. Plant Systematics and Evolution, DOI 10.1007/s00606-017-1420-0 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Aavik, T., Talve, T., Thetloff, M., Uuemaa, E., Oja, T. (2017) Genetic consequences of landscape change for rare endemic plants – A case study of Rhinanthus osiliensis. Biological Conservation 210: 125-135. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Riibak, K., Ronk, A., Kattge, J., Pärtel, M. (2017) Dispersal limitation determines large-scale dark diversity in Central and Northern Europe. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.13000 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Barrio, I. C., Lindén, E., Te Beest, M., Olofsson, J., Rocha, A., Soininen, E. M., … Bueno, C. G, … & Bråthen, K. A. (2017). Background invertebrate herbivory on dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa-nana complex) increases with temperature and precipitation across the tundra biome. Polar Biology, doi:10.1007/s00300-017-2139-7 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Ostonen, I., Truu, M., Helmisaari, H. S., Lukac, M., Borken, W., Vanguelova, E., … & Truu, J. (2017). Adaptive root foraging strategies along a boreal–temperate forest gradient. New Phytologist, DOI: 10.1111/nph.14643 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Onoda, Y., Wright, I. J., Evans, J. R., Hikosaka, K., Kitajima, K., Niinemets, Ü., Poorter, H., Tosens, T. & Westoby, M. (2017). Physiological and structural tradeoffs underlying the leaf economics spectrum. New Phytologist, 214(4), 1447-146 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Nuytinck, J., Verbeken, A., Saar, I., Lambert, H., Bérubé, J., & Voitk, A. (2017). Lactarius splendens, a second species with white latex in Lactarius section Deliciosi. Botany, 95(8): 859-863: . (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Suija, A., & Motiejunaite, J. (2017). Calycina alstrupii sp. nov. (Pezizellaceae, Helotiales), a new lichenicolous fungus from Norway. Phytotaxa, 307(2), 113-122. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Gerz, M., Bueno, C. G., Ozinga, W. A., Zobel, M., & Moora, M. (2017). Niche differentiation and expansion of plant species are associated with mycorrhizal symbiosis. Journal of Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12873 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Bueno, C. G., Marín, C., Silva‐Flores, P., Aguilera, P., & Godoy, R. (2017). Think globally, research locally: emerging opportunities for mycorrhizal research in South America. New Phytologist, 215(4), 1306-1309. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Niinemets, Ü., Kahru, A., Mander, Ü., Nõges, P., Nõges, T., Tuvikene, A., & Vasemägi, A. (2017). Interacting environmental and chemical stresses under global change in temperate aquatic ecosystems: stress responses, adaptation, and scaling. Regional Environmental Change, 17(7), 2061–2077. (link to full paper) (link to blogpost)

Niinemets, Ü., Kahru, A., Nõges, P., Tuvikene, A., Vasemägi, A., Mander, Ü., & Nõges, T. (2017). Environmental feedbacks in temperate aquatic ecosystems under global change: why do we need to consider chemical stressors?. Regional Environmental Change, 17(7), 2079–2096. (link to full paper) (link to blogpost)

Jiang, Y., Veromann‐Jürgenson, L. L., Ye, J., & Niinemets, Ü. (2017). Oak gall wasp infections of Quercus robur leaves lead to profound modifications in foliage photosynthetic and volatile emission characteristics. Plant, Cell & Environment, DOI: 10.1111/pce.13050 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Aavik, T., & Helm, A. (2017). Restoration of plant species and genetic diversity depends on landscape‐scale dispersal. Restoration Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/rec.12634 (link to full text) (link to blog post)


Galmés, J., Hermida-Carrera, C., Laanisto, L., & Niinemets, Ü. (2016). A compendium of temperature responses of Rubisco kinetic traits: variability among and within photosynthetic groups and impacts on photosynthesis modeling. Journal of Experimental Botany, erw267, 67: 5067-5091. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw267 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Pazouki, L., Kanagendran, A., Li, S., Kännaste, A., Memari, H. R., Bichele, R., & Niinemets, Ü. (2016). Mono-and sesquiterpene release from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) leaves upon mild and severe heat stress and through recovery: From gene expression to emission responses. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 132, 1-15. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Valladares, F., Laanisto, L., Niinemets, Ü., & Zavala, M. A. (2016). Shedding light on shade: ecological perspectives of understorey plant life. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 9(3), 237-251. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Jiang, Y., Ye, J., Li, S., & Niinemets, Ü. (2016) Regulation of Floral Terpenoid Emission and Biosynthesis in Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum). Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 35: 921–935, DOI 10.1007/s00344-016-9591-4 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Pazouki, L., & Niinemets, Ü. (2016). Multi-Substrate Terpene Synthases: Their Occurrence and Physiological Significance. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01019 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Lung, I., Soran, M. L., Opriş, O., Truşcă, M. R. C., Niinemets, Ü., & Copolovici, L. (2016). Induction of stress volatiles and changes in essential oil content and composition upon microwave exposure in the aromatic plant Ocimum basilicum. Science of The Total Environment, 569, 489-495. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Copaciu, F., Opriş, O., Niinemets, Ü., & Copolovici, L. (2016). Toxic Influence of Key Organic Soil Pollutants on the Total Flavonoid Content in Wheat Leaves. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 227: 196, DOI 10.1007/s11270-016-2888-x. (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Keenan, T. F. and Niinemets, Ü. (2016). Global leaf trait estimates biased due to plasticity in the shade. Nature plants, 3, 16201, DOI: 10.1038/nplants.2016.201 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

Rünk, K., Pihkva, K., Liira, J., & Zobel, K. (2016). Selection of source material for introduction of the locally rare and threatened fern species Asplenium septentrionale. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 9: 167-173 (link to full text) (link to blog post)

J. A. Bennett, K. Riibak, R. Tamme, R. J. Lewis, M. Partel, The reciprocal relationship between competition and intraspecific trait variation. Journal of Ecology 104, 1410-1420 (2016); published online EpubSep (10.1111/1365-2745.12614).

J. Davison, M. Moora, T. Jairus, M. Vasar, M. Opik, M. Zobel, Hierarchical assembly rules in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 97, 63-70 (2016); published online EpubJun (10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.03.003).

D. Garcia de Leon, M. Moora, M. Ouml;pik, L. Neuenkamp, M. Gerz, T. Jairus, M. Vasar, C. G. Bueno, J. Davison, M. Zobel, Symbiont dynamics during ecosystem succession: co-occurring plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. Fems Microbiology Ecology 92, (2016); published online EpubJul (10.1093/femsec/fiw097).

A. Gazol, M. Zobel, J. J. Cantero, J. Davison, K. J. Esler, T. Jairus, M. Opik, M. Vasar, M. Moora, Impact of alien pines on local arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities-evidence from two continents. Fems Microbiology Ecology 92, (2016); published online EpubJun (10.1093/femsec/fiw073).

L. Gotzenberger, Z. Botta-Dukat, J. Leps, M. Partel, M. Zobel, F. de Bello, Which randomizations detect convergence and divergence in trait-based community assembly? A test of commonly used null models. J Veg Sci 27, 1275-1287 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.1111/jvs.12452).

L. Herrmann, D. Lesueur, L. Brau, J. Davison, T. Jairus, H. Robain, A. Robin, M. Vasar, W.Wiriyakitnateekul, M. Opik, Diversity of root-associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in a rubber tree plantation chronosequence in Northeast Thailand. Mycorrhiza 26, 863-877 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.1007/s00572-016-0720-5).

I. Yatsiuk, I. Saar, K. Kalamees, S. Sulaymonov, Y. Gafforov, K. O’Donnell, Epitypification of Morchella steppicola (Morchellaceae, Pezizales), a morphologically, phylogenetically and biogeographically distinct member of the Esculenta Clade from central Eurasia. Phytotaxa 284, 31-40 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.11646/phytotaxa.284.1.3).

K. Kasak, R. Motlep, M. Truu, J. Truu, M. Koiv-Vainik, M. Espenberg, P. Paiste, K. Kirsimae, U. Mander, Hydrated Oil Shale Ash Mitigates Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Horizontal Subsurface Flow Filters for Wastewater Treatment. Water Air and Soil Pollution 227, (2016); published online EpubSep (10.1007/s11270-016-3007-8).

L. Kasari, L. Saar, F. de Bello, K. Takkis, A. Helm, Hybrid ecosystems can contribute to local biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 25, 3023-3041 (2016); published online EpubDec (10.1007/s10531-016-1218-3).

L. Kutt, K. Lohmus, I. J. Rammi, T. Paal, J. Paal, J. Liira, The quality of flower-based ecosystem services in field margins and road verges from human and insect pollinator perspectives. Ecological Indicators 70, 409-419 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.06.009).

I. Lung, M. L. Soran, O. Opris, M. R. C. Trusca, U. Niinemets, L. Copolovici, Induction of stress volatiles and changes in essential oil content and composition upon microwave exposure in the aromatic plant Ocimum basilicum. Science of the Total Environment 569, 489-495 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.147).

A. Menzel, S. Hempel, A. M. Manceur, L. Gotzenberger, M. Moora, M. C. Rillig, M. Zobel, I. Kuhn, Distribution patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plant species in Germany. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 21, 78-88 (2016); published online EpubAug (10.1016/j.ppees.2016.06.002).

M. Moora, M. Opik, J. Davison, T. Jairus, M. Vasar, M. Zobel, R. L. Eckstein, AM fungal communities inhabiting the roots of submerged aquatic plant Lobelia dortmanna are diverse and include a high proportion of novel taxa. Mycorrhiza 26, 735-745 (2016); published online EpubOct (10.1007/s00572-016-0709-0).

L. Neuenkamp, R. J. Lewis, K. Koorem, K. Zobel, M. Zobel, Changes in dispersal and light capturing traits explain post-abandonment community change in semi-natural grasslands. J Veg Sci 27, 1222-1232 (2016); published online EpubNov (10.1111/jvs.12449).

J. Paal, I. Jurjendal, A. Suija, A. Kull, Impact of drainage on vegetation of transitional mires in Estonia. Mires and Peat 18, (2016)10.19189/MaP.2015.OMB.183).

M. Partel, J. A. Bennett, M. Zobel, Macroecology of biodiversity: disentangling local and regional effects. New Phytologist 211, 404-410 (2016); published online EpubJul (10.1111/nph.13943).

K. Poldmaa, A. Kaasik, T. Tammaru, O. Kurina, S. Jurgenstein, T. Teder, Polyphagy on unpredictable resources does not exclude host specialization: insects feeding on mushrooms. Ecology 97, 2824-2833 (2016); published online EpubOct (10.1002/ecy.1526).

A. Ronk, F. de Bello, P. Fibich, M. Partel, Large-scale dark diversity estimates: new perspectives with combined methods. Ecology and Evolution 6, 6266-6281 (2016); published online EpubSep (10.1002/ece3.2371).

I. Saar, A. Mesic, Z. Tkalcec, U. Peintner, I. Kusan, Cystoderma carpaticum (Basidiomycota, Agaricales), a rare fungus newly recorded from Croatia. Phytotaxa 269, 21-32 (2016); published online EpubJul (10.11646/phytotaxa.269.1.3).

S. Schobesberger, F. D. Lopez-Hilfiker, D. Taipale, D. B. Millet, E. L. D’Ambro, P. Rantala, I. Mammarella, P. T. Zhou, G. M. Wolfe, B. H. Lee, M. Boy, J. A. Thornton, High upward fluxes of formic acid from a boreal forest canopy. Geophysical Research Letters 43, 9342-9351 (2016); published online EpubSep (10.1002/2016gl069599).

O. Thiery, M. Vasar, T. Jairus, J. Davison, C. Roux, P. A. Kivistik, A. Metspalu, L. Milani, U. Saks, M. Moora, M. Zobel, M. Opik, Sequence variation in nuclear ribosomal small subunit, internal transcribed spacer and large subunit regions of Rhizophagus irregularis and Gigaspora margarita is high and isolate-dependent. Molecular Ecology 25, 2816-2832 (2016); published online EpubJun (10.1111/mec.13655).