Our PhD student Linda-Liisa Veromann is currently working in Hobart, Tasmania, collecting data on the gas-exchange and anatomy of evolutionarily old gymnosperms. She is working at Tim Brodribb’s lab with his extensive collection of southern hemisphere conifers for ten weeks returning on the 30th of April.
The main aim of this collaboration is to measure over 40 species of conifers to calculate mesophyll conductance from gas-exchange and anatomy, and see how it correlates with different physiological, anatomical and phylogenetic parameters.
She has been there for two weeks and finds the work fascinating and the people wonderful.
Tim has a very impressive collection of gymnosperms from all over the southern hemisphere from cycads to pines, and almost everything in between. “It would be wonderful to measure and sample all of them, but as my time here is limited, we have tried to make the most comprehensive choice of species from as many genera and families as possible.”
Linda-Liisa will put the anatomical samples collected in Australia into resin and take the necessary pictures (like the ones below) back in Tartu.