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PhD students conference of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange and Department of Botany, UT 6.-7 .12.2018, Kubija

Additional information: Kersti Püssa, kersti.pussa@ut.ee


9.00                    Bus from Vanemuise Theatre lower parking lot   

10.30-11.00        Coffee 

11.00-11.10        Meelis Pärtel     

11.10-11.30        Siim-Kaarel Sepp              Does the fungus matter? Non-random association in an arbuscular mycorrhizal network

11.30-11.50        Kaarin Parts                      Fine Root System Acclimations Before Dieback with Artificial and Geothermal Soil  Warming

11.50-12.10        Thomas Schindler            Flooding induced Greenhouse gas dynamics from soil to tree level in a grey alder forest

12.10-12.30        Mohit Masta                     Partitioning N2O Fluxes

12.30-12.50        Kaie Kriiska                      Variation in annual carbon fluxes affecting the SOC pool in hemiboreal coniferous forests in Estonia

12.50-14.00        Lunch   

14.00-14.20        Diego Trindade                The species pool comedy: is the dark diversity a purgatory for species under global  change

14.20-14.40        Madli Jõks                        Saared ja simulatsioonid - mida nad meile õpetavad?

14.40-15.00        Elisabeth Prangel             Effects of grassland habitat loss on selection of ecosystem services

15.00-15.20        Tanel Vahter                     Manipulating the below ground for above ground diversity - application of AM fungi in vegetation restoration

15.20-15.40        Kati Küngas                     Specificity in plant-endophyte interactions

15.40-16.00        Coffee

16.00-16.20        Kaia Kask                        Hey, plant! What's your secret?

16.20-16.40        Liisa Kübarsepp               Microscale responses to environmental variables in plants

16.40-17.00        Anton Savchenko             Systematics of early-diverged Dacrymycetes (Basidiomycota, Fungi)

17.00-17.20        Mari Pent                          Ectomycorrhizal or saprotrophic - does it matter for bacteria inhabitin mushrooms?

17.20-17.40        Annika Meitern                  Influences of xylem sap composition on water movement?

Plant Phenotyping Forum, November 22-24, 2017, Tartu, Estonia

Dear colleague,

We are inviting you to participate in the event ‘Plant Phenotyping Forum: integrating European plant phenotyping community’ which will take place at Dorpat Conference Centre in Tartu, Estonia, 22-24 November 2017.

About the conference

Scientific Program

The goals of this event are:

  • Opening the discussion about the relevance of agriculture for the perspective of politics, users, scientists
  • Providing an overview of recent development for a long term operation of pan European plant phenotyping infrastructure, including information systems within the project EMPHASIS
  • Presenting the opportunities to enable access to key plant phenotyping facilities within the EPPN2020 project
  • To illustrate different aspects of plant phenotyping and its applications for breeding and basic plant science by demonstrating a set of case studies
  • To provide opportunities for close interaction with phenotyping experts to discuss the needs and requirements for crop improvement

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2017 

The Plant Phenotyping Forum is FREE to attend, with coffee breaks and lunches provided. Travel and accommodations are not included; prices for Dorpat hotel are listed on the website.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other scientists and/or people who can help promote importance and use of plant phenotyping facilities.

21.09.2017 EcolChange conference: Ecology and Global Change

The annual conference for the members of CoE.

Time: Thursday, 21. September 2017 at 13.00

Place: Tartu, OMICUM (Riia 23b, Tartu)




13.30 – 14.00 ÜLO NIINEMETS – Centre of Excellence EcolChange – Ecology of Global Change: natural and managed ecosystems

14.00 – 14.30 MEELIS PÄRTEL – Diversity of symbiotic fungi amid global change

14.30 – 15.00 ÜLO MANDER – Nitrous oxide emission in organic soils: The global approach

15.00 – 15.30 COFFEE

15.30 – 16.00 TIINA TOSENS – Adaptations and ecosystem diversity: it all starts from chloroplasts

16.00 – 16.30 LEHO TEDERSOO – Highlights of research on biotic interactions within the Centre of  Excellence framework

7th International Symposium on Physiological Processes in Roots of Woody Plants

June 26th - 29th, 2017

Tartu, Estonia

Conference web page

Scientific program


NB! Aeg muutunud!

TÜ Botaanika osakonna ja tippkeskuse EcolChange seminar / Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange

Neljapäeval, 16. veebruaril 2017 kell 15.15/ Thursday, 16. February 2017 at 15.15

Tartus, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditoorium) / In Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)

Marju Himma, teema: teaduse populariseerimine.


Seoses Leila Pazouki doktoritöö kaitsimisega viibib tippkeskuse EcolChange külalisena Eestis ja peab seminari prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler, (German Research Center for Environmental Health)

Loeng - seminar toimub Eesti Maaülikoolis 17.jaanuaril kell 11.15, Kreutzwaldi 5 (Metsamaja), aud.D143. Teema teatame 2017.a. algul.


TÜ Botaanika osakonna ja tippkeskuse EcolChange seminar / Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange


Aveliina Helm "Restoration of Estonian alvar grasslands: methods, results and challenges"

Neljapäeval, 24. novembril 2016 kell 15.15/ Thursday, 24. November 2016 at 15.15

Tartus, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditoorium) / In Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)


Action plan for Estonian semi-natural habitats foresees the restoration of 5000 hectares of alvar grasslands by 2020. Half of this aim will be met within a project "LIFE to Alvars", during which 2500 hectares of most valuable alvar grasslands in Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Muhu will be restored by 2019. I'll provide overview of the progress of restoration activities within the project, discuss the restoration methods and challenges and introduce the first results of extensive biodiversity monitoring that accompanies restoration.


Aveliina Helm on Botaanika osakonna makroökoloogia töörühma vanemteadur. Aveliina Helm is senior researcher in macroecology workgroup at the Department of Botany.


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