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New publication – More bang for the buck? Can arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities be characterized adequately alongside other fungi using general fungal primers?

Text by Maarja Öpik How to measure things? How to measure biodiversity? For organisms which are visible to human eye, detecting them is not an issue, though identifying the species might be. The situation is fully different for organisms we … Continue reading

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New publication – The role of plant mycorrhizal type and status in modulating the relationship between plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities

Text by Lena Neuenkamp Interactions between communities of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi shape fundamental ecosystem properties. Experimental evidence suggests that compositional changes in plant and AM fungal communities should be correlated, but empirical data from natural ecosystems is … Continue reading

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New paper published – Think globally, research locally: emerging opportunities for mycorrhizal research in South America

Text by Guillermo Bueno Two members of the plant ecology team led by Martin Zobel (Maarja Öpik and Guillermo Bueno) were invited as keynote speakers to a symposium on „Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America“ in Valdivia, … Continue reading

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New paper published – Physiological and structural tradeoffs underlying the leaf economics spectrum

Text and graph by Tiina Tosens In the world-wide leaf economics spectrum (Wright et al. 2004, Nature) variability of three key traits: photosynthesis rate, leaf nitrogen content, and leaf dry mass per area of 2500 species (from study sites with … Continue reading

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New paper published – Adaptive root foraging strategies along a boreal–temperate forest gradient

Text by Ivika Ostonen Fine roots are the principal organs for absorption of water and nutrients in soil, and their growth patterns control forest production and sustainability. In most boreal and temperate forest trees, the fine root nutrient acquisition is … Continue reading

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