He is the first Estonian researcher to be awarded such a grant by the European Research Council (ERC). He and his team are doing research on how stress signals emitted from plants impact the Earth’s climate. The results may help to solve problems caused by climate change.
Niinemets will use the grant to increase his team’s pay to levels enjoyed by other European scientists and hire another four team members. “We already possess a lab for studying airborne particles that is unique in the world, now we will obtain a machine to measure the flow of airborne particles in real time,” added Niinemets.