Author Archives: laanisto

New publication – A major trade-off between structural and photosynthetic investments operative across plant and needle ages in three Mediterranean pines

Text by Vivian Kuusk Lots of species grow different looking leaves when they are young and adult. For example young conifers look more like little soft brushes rather than the forest giants, and lots of common houseplants look totally different … Continue reading

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Workgroup seminar – Jekaterina Aid about

Seminar of Chair of Crop Science and Plant Biology, Estonian Univ of Life Sciences . Jekaterina Aid is a junior researcher and PhD-student in Estonian University of Life Sciences. Title of the talk: Isoprene synthase functioning among family Fabaceae Time: Wednesday, … Continue reading

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New paper out – Diterpenoid fingerprints in pine foliage across an environmental and chemotypic matrix: Isoabienol content is a key trait differentiating chemotypes

Text by Lauri Laanisto Intraspecific variability in functional traits has emerged in recent years as a quite important phenomenon. At least in plant ecology. Traditional view in life sciences has promoted between-species differences as much more significant drivers of ecological … Continue reading

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New papers published – Glandular trichomes and stomatal conductance play crucial roles in protecting plants against ozone stress

Text by Shuai Li Two papers studying how plants cope with ozone stress were recently published in the journal Plant Cell & Environment. The first paper estimates the possible protective role of non-glandular and glandular trichomes on the leaf surface … Continue reading

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Blogyear Summary 2017

Text by Lauri Laanisto The blog is now three years old. And it now has a one-year-old sisterblog as well – EcolChange blog. We have been keeping the approach, and trying to post mainly about our new publications. And this … Continue reading

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New member – welcome Hassan!

Text and pic by Hassan Yusuf Sulaiman I have always been interested in studying the interaction among the components of the ecosystem/environment, specifically natural emission into the atmosphere. To gain a general understanding of the environment first; I enrolled into … Continue reading

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New paper published – Oak gall wasp infections of Quercus robur leaves lead to profound modifications in foliage photosynthetic and volatile emission characteristics

Text by Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson Everyone with keen eyes that has been walking in wooded areas in the recent years must have noticed small growths on tree leaves called galls. Sometimes the infections can be massive, where it is hard to … Continue reading

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