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University of Tartu
Plant Ecology Laboratory

Plant Ecology Laboratory

Research in our lab focuses on diversity patterns in biological communities, and on the interactions underlying these patterns. The main questions we address are: how do communities vary along natural gradients and gradients of human impact? What are the major assembly rules shaping communities; and are they attributable to biotic interactions or environmental heterogeneity? What are the roles of different biotic interactions - including competition, facilitation, herbivory and symbiosis - in structuring communities? Read more


John Davison in China

July 2018

John Davison visited Sichuan Province, China, in early July to meet Chinese ecologists and deliver seminars on AM fungal biogeography and publishing ecological research. He gave presentations to research staff and postgraduate students at China West Normal University (Nanchong) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chengdu). He also visited field sites – including arid scrubland and subtropical forest – on the edge of the Tibetan plateau.

Congratulations, Dr Lena!

June 2018

On the 6th of June, our dear Lena defended her PhD thesis „The dynamics of plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in grasslands under changing land use“ with flying colours! The oponent of the thesis was professor Catherine Gehring from Northern Arizona University. Lena gave a very exiting talk which was followed by an in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas. After the defence, we indulged ourselves with the lanscapes of Western-Estonia and also visited the study sites of Lena. We are very proud of you Lena! Wunderbar!

Journal Club retreat

May 2018

On the 25th of May our Journal club moved from the office to outdoors. It has become already a tradition to finish the academic year with a discussion in the nature. After hiking on the flooded meadows and forests near Elva river, we gathered in Mosina forest hut to look back at the year and talk about writing successful grant application. Thanks to the extraordinarily warm spring we also opened the season for swimming!

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