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University of Tartu
Plant Ecology Laboratory
employee Lena Neuenkamp Tartu,, Estonia

Lena Neuenkamp

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Lena Neuenkamp is a specialist in plant ecology at our lab. In June 2018, she finished her PhD studies on the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal community structure on plant diversity and composition in semi-natural dry grasslands and how these effects change in response to altered land-use practices ( As a specialist, she continues her work on the disentangling the factors shaping the interaction between plant and AM fungal communities, focussing mostly on the effect of AM fungal diversity as a driver of plant-plant competition and the role of changes in carbon limitation due to altered light conditions (e.g. under a denser shrub and tree cover in unmanaged grasslands).


Selected papers:

  • Neuenkamp, L.; Moora, M.; Öpik, M.; Davison, J.; Gerz, M.; Männistö, M.; Jairus, T.; Vasar, M. & Zobel, M. 2018. The role of plant mycorrhizal type and status in modulating the relationship between plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.14995.
  • Neuenkamp, L.; Lewis, R.; Koorem, K.; Zobel, K. & Zobel, M. 2016. Changes in dispersal and light capturing traits explain post abandonment community change in semi-natural grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1222-1232.
  • Metsoja, JA., Neuenkamp, L., Zobel, M. 2014. Seed bank and its restoration potential in Estonian flooded meadows. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 262-273.
  • Neuenkamp, L., Metsoja, JA., Zobel, M., Hoelzel, N. 2013. Impact of management on biodieversity-productivity relations in Estonian flooded meadows. Plant Ecology 214: 245-256.
  • Metsoja, JA., Neuenkamp, L., Pihu, S., Vellak, K., Kalwij, JM., Zobel, M. 2012. Restoration of flooded meadows in Estonia - vegetation changes and management indicators. Applied Vegetation Science 15: 231-244.