Monthly Archives: November 2015

New paper published -The photosynthetic capacity in 35 ferns and fern allies: mesophyll CO2 diffusion as a key trait

Text by Tiina Tosens Mesophyll conductance is an important limiter of photosynthesis. It is generally thought to be especially important in evolutionarily older plant groups. However, very little research has been conducted in this field with more basal plant species. … Continue reading

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Open lecture by Paul Struik: Climate change and agriculture: plant responses and adaptation to changes in light, temperature and CO2

There is an open lecture on 4th of the December at 8:45 in the room D-239 in Metsamaja (Kreutzwaldi 5). Prof Dr Paul Struik (Wageningen UR, Centre for Crop Systems Analysis) will give a presentation titled: “Climate change and agriculture: … Continue reading

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Tiina at TEDxTartu

Today, Saturday 21st of November, takes place our local TEDx event, TEDxTartu. This year´s topic is social sustainability. Like always, the speakers are from very different fields, from bicicle enthusiasts to kindergarten theorists. But there is also one biologist speaking, … Continue reading

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New paper accepted – The relevance of species pool in the global relationship between productivity and plant species richness

Text by Lauri Laanisto “The relevance of species pool in the global relationship between productivity and plant species richness” was the initial title of a reanalysis paper, that was changed after accepted in Science to “Comment on “Worldwide evidence of … Continue reading

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New paper published – Light acclimation of photosynthesis in two closely related firs (Abies pinsapo Boiss. and Abies alba Mill.): the role of leaf anatomy and mesophyll conductance to CO2

Abies pinsapo or the Spanish fir has been a long-term study object for Mediterranean forest researchers, plant ecologists and ecophysiologists already since the 1960s. As our boss, Ülo, has had long and fruitful collaboration with Spanish researchers, he usually co-authors … Continue reading

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Steffen Noe featuring in a promotional video for research in Estonia

Couple of weeks ago it was announced that the SMEAR tower project led by Steffen Noe is our university´s Deed of the Year 2015. Steffen was also chosen to represent Estonian research in a recent promotion clip made by Estonian … Continue reading

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New paper published – Biological and climatic controls on leaf litter decomposition across European forests and grasslands revealed by reciprocal litter transplantation experiments

Here´s another paper led by our recent PhD graduate Miguel, and co-authored by Ülo. This time they, and a bunch of other researchers carried out a litter transplatation experiment all over Europe in order to test how climate affects the … Continue reading

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