Tag Archives: biodiversity

EcolChange seminar – Eveli Otsing about the richness patterns of trees and fungi

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Eveli Otsing is a PhD student in our Department in the Ecology of Biological Interactions workgroup. Her research aims to shed more light onto the connections between trees (i.e. … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Siim-Kaarel Sepp about soil biota and land use

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Siim-Kaarel Sepp is a PhD student at the Plant Ecology workgroup of our Department of Botany. His research focuses on mycorrhizal fungi, in particular the impact of land use … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Triin Reitalu about historical plant diversity analysis based on pollen data

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Triin Reitalu is senior researcher at the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology. She works on the functional and phylogenetic diversity in sedimentary pollen and plant … Continue reading

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New publication – Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition determines the competitive response of two grassland forbs

Anyone can name at least a couple of factors affecting plant growth, be it climate (drought, flooding, hail) or the presence of organisms feeding on plants (birds, insects, mammals, or plant diseases). Some might even think of the nutrients found … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Andras Zlinszky about LIDAR mapping of habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Seminars of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Dr. Andras Zlinszky is reasearcher at the Center for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is visiting Department of Botany … Continue reading

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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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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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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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