Category Archives: New paper published

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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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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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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New papers published – Chemical stress and environmental feedbacks in aquatic ecosystems

Text by Lauri Laanisto Ülo and his colleagues – this time mainly from Estonia – have published two subsequent papers in journal Regional Environmental Change. Both deal with more or less similar topic, and both are actually review papers. The … Continue reading

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New paper published – Changes of secondary metabolites in Pinus sylvestris L. needles under increasing soil water deficit

Text by Lauri Laanisto Together with Spanish colleagues, Ülo has published a study about how Scots pine´s primary and secondary metabolism in the needles changes when the tree is experiencing water deficit in soil. Frome the methodoligical point of view … 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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