Tag Archives: biodiversity

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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EcolChange-related conference – Biotic interactions and biodiversity patterns across scales

We are glad to announce the first Seminar of Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology on “Biotic interactions and biodiversity patterns accross scales“. The joint seminar with the Department of Botany (University of Tartu), Department of Ecology (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Department of Ecology, Environment … Continue reading

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New publication – Homogenization and impoverishment of taxonomic and functional diversity of ants in Eucalyptus plantations

Text Carlos P. Carmona Eucalyptus species are among the most most controversial and frequently used species in forests plantations worldwide. These plantations occupy a huge surface in many countries, with almost 8 millions ha in Brazil alone, where they are … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Aveliina Helm about everyone’s nature conservation

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Aveliina Helm is senior researcher at macroecology workgroup of the Department of Botany. Title of the talk: Everyone’s nature conservation – what it is and why it is needed? Time: … Continue reading

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New publication – Effects of land use on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in Estonia

Text by Siim-Kaarel Sepp The type and intensity of land use are important drivers of local aboveground biodiversity. The same holds for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, but most research effort has been put into natural or, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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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 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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EcolChange seminar – Sabrina Träger about species richness, heterogeneity and nitrogen contribution of roots in Arctic elevation gradient

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Oct. 12th Sabrina Träger is a post-doc researcher at the team of macroecology in Tartu University. Title of the talk: Species richness, heterogeneity and nitrogen contribution of roots along an arctic … Continue reading

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Two EcolChange seminars this week with three presenters – Prinzing/Santonja/Young

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange This week we have not one, but two EcolChange seminars: First, on Tuesday, 23. May  2017 at 15.15 in Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium) Andreas Prinzing will do a presentation … Continue reading

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Taavi Paal defended his PhD thesis: congratulations!

Text by Lauri Laanisto Author: Taavi Paal Title: Immigration limitation of forest plants into wooded landscape corridors Supervisor: Dr Jaan Liira, University of Tartu, Estonia Dissertation was accepted for the commencement of the degree of Doctor philosophiae in plant ecology … Continue reading

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