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EcolChange seminar: Jhonny Capichoni Massante about phylogenies in ecology

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Jhonny Capichoni Massante is a PhD student at the University of Tartu who will defend his PhD thesis in May. Title of the talk: Phylogenies in ecology: overview, applications, and … Continue reading

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New publication – The Taxon Hypothesis Paradigm—On the Unambiguous Detection and Communication of Taxa

Text by Urmas Kõljalg In this paper we described the taxon hypothesis (TH) paradigm, which covers the construction, identification, and communication of taxa as datasets. Defining taxa as datasets of individuals and their traits will make taxon identification and most … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Tanel Vahter about fungal diversity in cropfields

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Speaker: Tanel Vahter is a PhD student in the Plant Ecology group in our Department, Tartu University. His research focuses on the application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for vegetation restoration … Continue reading

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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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