Tag Archives: plant ecology

New publication – Predicting species establishment using absent species and functional neighborhoods

Text by Meelis Pärtel and Jonathan Bennett Understanding which species establish in which habitats is fundamental to community ecology and to more applied pursuits, such as the restoration of degraded sites and the prevention of invasion by exotic species. Jonathan … Continue reading

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New paper published – Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in forest plant roots are simultaneously shaped by host characteristics and canopy-mediated light availability

Text by Kadri Koorem Recent years have been ground-breaking in describing the diversity patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. These microscopic fungi live in plant roots and receive carbon compounds from the plant in exchange of nutrients. In natural conditions, … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Carlos Carmona on trait probability densities

Seminar of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange Carlos P. Carmona is researcher at the macroecology workgroup of the Department of Botany, University of Tartu. Trait probability densities: probabilistic hypervolumes in ecology and beyond Time: Thursday, 9nd. March 2017 at 15.15 … Continue reading

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New paper published – Trait assembly in grasslands depends on habitat history and spatial scale

Text and pic by Liina Saar Recently published paper by Liina Saar, Meelis Pärtel and Aveliina Helm together with Francesco de Bello from Czechia (University of South Bohemia) in Oecologia revealed that grasslands with regular and long management history are … Continue reading

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New paper published – Secondary succession in alvar grasslands – do changes in vascular plant and cryptogam communities correspond?

Text by Lauri Laanisto & Martin Zobel Alvar grasslands are probably one of the better-studied ecosystems in Europe. They are narrowly distributed in Swedish islands, Estonia, and tiny bits also in western Russia near St Petersburg. (Though, rather similar ecosystems … Continue reading

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New paper published – Ecological theory provides strong support for habitat restoration

Text by Aveliina Helm Habitat restoration needs to take recent scientific advances into account The involvement of ecological theory in practical habitat restoration has significantly increased in the past decade. However, there are still visible gaps between the advancing theoretical … Continue reading

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New paper published – Both spatiotemporal connectivity and habitat quality limit the immigration of forest plants into wooded corridors

Text by Taavi Paal and Jaan Liira What limits forest plant migration along wooded corridors? Europe’s natural forest is heavily fragmented by agricultural land. Such isolation threatens the long-term persistence of forest biodiversity. The concept of patch-corridor-matrix system suggests that … Continue reading

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New paper published – Selection of source material for introduction of the locally rare and threatened fern species Asplenium septentrionale

Text by Jaan Liira Forked spleenwort, Asplenium septentrionale, is a mainly petrophilous fern species in European mountains and rare on acidic siliceous rocks in lowland areas of the continent, where habitats are fragmented and populations isolated. In Estonia, the single … Continue reading

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