News in Agricultural Sciences

Frequently cleared plantations may mitigate climate change

Silver birch and hybrid aspen plantations with a short rotation, i.e. frequently harvested and regenerated, present an excellent opportunity to find a use for abandoned agricultural lands, the production of raw timber, and...

An article by a researcher from the Estonian University of Life Sciences was published as the cover story for Science magazine

Global comparison of leaves from the same species of plant may prove to be quite different. Take, for example, the houseplant Monstera deliciosa, the leaves of which are rather small in the climate of...

The Wood industry is More Innovative than Forestry

Forest and innovation—how could these two fit in one sentence? Innovation refers to changes but trees grow in the same way as they have grown since the beginning of times. However, the forest sector...

Mineral Fertilizers have Advantages over Slurry and Manure

Fertilization is often associated with different environmental problems. It is generally assumed that manure and slurry are more environmentally friendly compared to mineral fertilizers, but a doctoral thesis recently defended at the Estonian University...

Tracing Nemoriini in the New World leads back to the Old World

Can a butterfly flapping its wings change the world? The butterfly effect is a well-known and much used metaphor—small causes can have large effects. But how has the world changed butterflies? It seems that...

Simple Methodology gives New Insight into Ecology of Coastal Fish

Various fish species of the Baltic Sea have different habits and daily routines. In order to quantitatively and fully describe the fish assemblage of the surf zone of the Baltic Sea, samples should be...

Wing Colour of Common Gulls reflects Their Longevity

The appreciation of beauty is highly evolved among birds. The incredible variety of bird plumage coloration is mainly the result of birds choosing the prettiest among them for mating partners. A pretty bird is...

Ülo Niinemets analyses the Role of Plants in Climate Change

The basement of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is full of secrets. Some mysterious rooms hide miniature botanical gardens full of plants from all over the world. Amidst these plants, one of the...

An international research carried out by TUT scientists values Estonian wood as a building material

The research group of wooden materials and composites of Tallinn University of Technology participates in the COST Action FP1303 cooperative performance test in order to examine resistance of a test table with boards made...

Health from safe food

Intensive conventional agriculture causes increased risks: decreased biodiversity, pollution of water, soil and food with pesticides. Organic farming as alternative agriculture faces challenges in improving environmental factors and food quality by using balanced renewable...

Summer truffles found first time in Estonia

This is the first time summer truffles have been found so far in the north. In addition to truffles, 59 other new species were discovered, while 60 top researchers were collecting fungal species in...

Trout DNA Gives Valuable Answers to Fishermen and Nature Conservationists

A novel molecular genetic analysis evaluates the impact of river restoration activities on brown trout populations in Estonia, demonstrating that one of the most highly priced fish species among fisherman readily benefits from the...

Not only rainforests can save the planet

Storing carbon in a tree could be a way of keeping global warming under control, believes Steffen Noe, a scientist who has spent the past ten years in Estonia, researching how a boreal forest...

Variation patterns of photosynthesis in plant canopies help to predict climate change

A research team led by professor Ülo Niinemets described the global variation patterns of photosynthesis in plant canopies, results of the work constituting an important input to all Earth System Models predicting global variations...

Improving drought tolerance of crops by bacteria from harsh environments

The scientists from the Department of Plant Physiology of the Estonian University of Life Science together with the researchers from the Uppsala BioCenter, SLU, Sweden, and the Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Israel demonstrated...

How to improve the quality of bread

There is a lot to study about our everyday bread – from the composition of dough to the staling of bread. Anna Traksmaa, a research scientist at the Chair of Food Technology of TUT and...

Cloned HGH Calf Hailed as Success, Hard Part Now Begins 

Estonia's first transgene calf isn't a world first, but it does show the capability of the nation's science sector, said one scientist in taking stock of one of the summer's biggest science stories. The...