Tag Archives: functional traits

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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Redwood forests through pinhole

Text and pics by Lauri Laanisto Couple of months ago I attended 102nd annual ESA meeting in Portland, USA (link to conference page). After that we (my PhD student was attending as well) rented a car and drove couple of … Continue reading

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International Botanical Congress 2017

Text and pics by Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson I was honoured to be accepted to speak at a symposium in the XIX IBC in Shenzhen, China in the end of July this year. This year’s IBC was a grandiose event with around … Continue reading

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Visiting scientist – Jeroni Galmes

Text and pic by Lauri Laanisto Last week Jeroni Galmes visited our lab. He somehow opted to come from the Balearic to slushy Tartu and stay here for the entire week. I guess this might indicate the quality of the research … Continue reading

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New paper published – Global leaf trait estimates biased due to plasticity in the shade

Text by Trevor Keenan Our new paper, “Global leaf trait estimates biased due to plasticity in the shade” (link to full text) was published online in Nature Plants on December 19th. It highlights a literally shady issue in plant science … Continue reading

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New paper published – Invasive species’ leaf traits and dissimilarity from natives shape their impact on nitrogen cycling: a meta‐analysis

Text by Lauri Laanisto TRY database has yielded Ülo another meta-analysis paper. This time a macrophysiological take on invasive species´functional effect (through litter) on nitrogen cycling. It´s a nice and thoroughly developed meta-analysis, that also compares and elaborates couple of … Continue reading

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New paper published – Does the touch of cold make evergreen leaves tougher?

Text by Lauri Laanisto Ülo has written another commentary piece to Tree Physiology (link to the previous one from January), commenting this time the paper by Patricia González-Zurdo and others “Costs of leaf reinforcement in response to winter cold in … Continue reading

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