natural sciences

Computer simulation answers Darwin’s questions about the spread of island biota

Volcanic islands offer a great opportunity for studying how the initially completely lifeless islands are populated by plant and animal species. The photo shows the lava fields in [...]


Estonian ecotextile offers a substitute to toxic imitation leather

The Estonian company Gelatex Technologies produces an ecotextile from gelatine that is similar to leather, but a nature-friendly substitute to animal skin and imitation leather. The Founder and Chief [...]


Does language relation equal actual relation? Genes provide the answer

Native speakers of the Uralic languages are geographically located in very different areas. Geneticists at the University of Tartu studied the similarities between the Estonians living on the western [...]


Scholars: Estonian soil is surprisingly rich in species

Due to its biodiversity and probably huge number of taxa waiting to be discovered, soil fauna has been called the poor man’s rain forest. If a researcher cannot [...]


Researchers have assembled Eurasian perch genome

In a study published recently in the scientific journal G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, researchers from Estonian University of Life Sciences in collaboration with colleagues from University of Turku assembled [...]


DOI codes will be used parallel to species names

Linnaea borealis, also known as twinflower, was Carl von Linné's favourite plant and is thus named after him. Author/source: CC/Flickr Scientists at the University of Tartu created a new [...]


Research by scientists from Tartu explains how to influence the opening of a plant’s “mouth”

Closed and open stomata on the surface of a plant. Author: PS MicroGraphs Recent research by plant biologists at the University of Tartu explains why and when a plant [...]


New plants on the block: Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic

Until now, the Arctic tundra has been the domain of low-growing grasses and dwarf shrubs. Defying the harsh conditions, these plants huddle close to the ground and often [...]


Butterflies that eat ants

A Formica ant milking sweet nectar from a Plebejus idas caterpillar. Ants are willing to protect butterfly larvae for the sake of this juice. Author/source: Margus Vilbas Would you [...]


Silver nanoparticles for antibacterial use: an interplay between a noble metal and bacteria-particle interface

Source: pixabay.com Antibiotic resistance is a problem of modern society. The average time for each antibiotic to yield antimicrobial resistance is 10 years. Due to this, the development of new [...]