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Atmospheric research infrastructure ACTRIS to European updated research infrastructure roadmap


Today European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has officially adopted ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure) on its updated research infrastructure roadmap. Among the other 5 new infrastructures on ESFRI roadmap, ACTRIS is considered highly important for the European science community and it is mature for implementation. ESFRI led evaluation panels and working groups assessed in 2015 the candidate projects by their scientific excellence, pan-European relevance, socio-economic impact and the level of maturity. Special emphases were put to the member countries financial commitments to construct and operate the selected research infrastructures. 

European patent granted by the European Patent Office


The European Patent Office granted patent EP2029026B1 for the invention ‘A device for collecting samples’ to the Estonian University of Life Sciences.  Professor of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences of the Estonian University of Life Sciences Andres Valdmann and lecturer Merle Valdmann are the authors of the patented invention.

Plant physiology professor Ülo Niinemets co-edits a book on plant canopies


Springer Verlag just published the book “Canopy photosynthesis: from basics to applications” edited by Prof. Kouki Hikosaka (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan), Prof. Ülo Niinemets (Estonian University of Life Sciences) and Prof. Niels Anten (Wageningen University, The Netherlands).

Large within-population genetic diversity of the widespread conifer Pinus sylvestris at its soil fertility limit


Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the only pine species native to northern Europe, and it is the most common tree species in the Baltic states. In Estonia, P. sylvestris covers almost 38% of Estonian forests and it is the key dominant species, especially in nutrient-limited sites, including characteristic Estonian extremely infertile raised bogs.

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