Tag Archives: biodiversity

Does Frequent Lawn Trimming Reduce Species Richness?

University of Tartu Botany Professor Meelis Pärtel comments on how frequent lawn trimming influences species richness. Continue reading

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Summer Interview with Top Ecologist Aveliina Helm

Read a summer interview with the top ecologist Aveliina Helm. Continue reading

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Estonia Is a Paradise for Mushrooms

Estonia has one of the greatest varieties of mycorrhiza mushrooms. Only truffles of different kind haven’t reached Estonia because of the relatively cold climate. Continue reading

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Estonian Wooded Meadow Shares the World Record for Species Richness with Rain Forests

Professor Meelis Partel of the macroecology workgroup at the University of Tartu, in conjunction with colleagues from New Zealand, USA and Germany, has published a list of world diversity records for vascular plants, including rain forests and Laelatu wooden meadow in Estonia. Continue reading

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Forest Plants Have Found Shelter in Manor Parks

Nowadays the avid renewal of old manor parks in Estonia is endangering unique natural environments that have evolved over several centuries. Continue reading

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Underground Filled with Life

Scientists from the University of Tartu used innovative methods to figure out the gene sequences of plants beneath the surface of the soil. This led to the discovery that species richness among them is much greater than one can see above the ground. Continue reading

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Digital Plant Wizards for Everyone

The EU project KeyToNature aimed to help the general public to recognise and record species. The consortium, including UT Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, developed user-friendly new digital tools for this purpose that allow easy identification of plants, lichens, birds, and other organisms. Continue reading

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