Tag Archives: 2018

New publication – Fungal diversity regulates plant-soil feedbacks in temperate grassland

Text and pic by John Davison and Marina Semchenko Ecologists have long suspected that one key to explaining plant diversity lies with their enemies, including pathogenic soil microbes. Plant–soil feedback describes a process whereby plants shape the microbial communities living … Continue reading

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Not one, but two seminars: Björn Lindahl about symbiotic composition in boreal soils & Paul Ashton about genes and grasses in meadow

Seminars of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker1: Prof. Björn Lindahl is based at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. He is visiting the Department of Botany to act … Continue reading

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Martin Novak about Isotope constraints on N2-fixation and denitrification

Seminar Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Martin Novak from Czech Geological Survey, Prague Title of the talk: Isotope constraints on N2-fixation and denitrification in Central European peatlands Additionaly: local PhD students – Alisa Krasnova, Thomas Schindler, Mohit Masta – will … Continue reading

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New publication – Plant diversity in oceanic archipelagos: realistic patterns emulated by an agent-based computer simulation

Text by Madli Jõks Simulated islands help to untangle the secrets of biodiversity Volcanic islands emerge empty from the sea and thus, offer a unique change to study how plant- and animal species colonize new areas. They have been in … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Melissa McCormick about orchid mycorrhiza

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Melissa McCormick is ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA. She visitis Department of Botany to act as opponent at the PhD defence of Jane Oja on November 8th, … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Ebe Merilo about stomatal regulation of crops

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Ebe Merilo is senior researcher at the Institute of Technology, University of Tartu. Title of the talk: Stomatal regulation of crops Time: Thursday, 25. October 2018 at 15.15 Place: Tartu, … Continue reading

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New publication – Conceptual differences lead to divergent trait estimates in empirical and taxonomic approaches to plant mycorrhizal trait assignment

Text by Guillermo Bueno How plant mycorrhizal traits are estimated? As plant trait measurements are increasingly available, more complete plant trait datasets are compiled allowing to formulate more mechanistic and complex questions in plant ecology. One of the plant functional … Continue reading

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New publication – Non-native species led to marked shifts in functional diversity of the world freshwater fish faunas

Text by Aurele Toussaint The biodiversity of freshwater fish fauna disturbed by invasive species Non-native species introductions are recognized as one of the major drivers responsible of the ongoing sixth biodiversity crisis, along with climate change, pollution and habitat loss. … Continue reading

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New publication – Didymocyrtis trassii sp. nov. and other lichenicolous fungi on Cetraria aculeata

Text by Lauri Laanisto Time for another taxonomy paper about fungi. (The previous blogpost about that can be found from here.) This time about new species that grow on lichens, specifically Cetraria aculeata. Genus Cetraria is called cuckoo´s ear in … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Nele Ingerpuu about the new trends in bryology

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Nele Ingerpuu is senior researcher at the Department of Botany, Tartu University. Title of the talk: Some new trends in bryology  Time: Tuesday, 04. October 2018 at 15.15 Place: … Continue reading

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