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Call for papers: EVOLTREE Conference 2021: Genomics and Adaptation in Forest Ecosystems

The EVOLTREE Conference focuses on the genomics of trees and interacting species from evolutionary, demographic, and ecological perspectives. EVOLTREE is a European network of institutions engaged in studying the evolution and functioning…
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Alpine plants are losing their white “protective coat”

Snow cover in the Alps has been melting almost three days earlier per decade since the 1960s. This trend is temperature-related and cannot be compensated by heavier snowfall. By the end of the century, snow cover at 2,500 meters could…
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Tree hydraulics and water relations: why trees die as a result of drought

If trees die during a period of drought, they die of thirst. Researchers from the University of Basel have demonstrated in a field study that a rapid collapse in the hydraulic system is responsible for tree death. And they found out that…
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Summer School Long-term Forest Monitoring FORMON

This Summer School aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the concepts, approaches, and available data infrastructure of forest long-term monitoring. Novel modelling and assessment approaches will be discussed considering the…
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Swiss competition of phenology and seasonality research 2021

The Swiss Commission of Phenology and Seasonality research (CPS) promotes research and communication of all aspects of seasonality science to a larger audience. CPS specifically promotes young researchers. The Swiss competition of phenology…
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Soil Biodiversity – children's books

Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) organized a scientific children's book…
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Alpine Plant Life – Functional Plant Ecology of High Mountain Ecosystems

This book is a completely revised, substantially extended treatment of the physical and biological factors that drive life in high mountains. The book covers the characteristics of alpine plant life, alpine climate and soils, life under…

Shaking the foundations of life

Evolution never stops – and disruptions can speed up the process. Now ETH researchers are delving deeper into the secrets of evolutionary change. Change is one of the driving forces behind evolution: all organisms, from bacteria to…
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New study unravels the mystery of the origin of flowering plants

Flowering plants are much more ancient than indicated by their fossil record, according to a study lead by the University of Fribourg. Flowering plants emerge spectacularly in the fossil record in the middle of the Cretaceous, the last era…

Die Pollensaison beginnt wegen des Klimawandels früher und wird intensiver

Der Temperaturanstieg in den vergangenen drei Jahrzehnten hat dazu geführt, dass die Pollensaison in der Schweiz früher beginnt und länger und intensiver wird. Referenzpublikation Sarah Glick, Regula Gehrig, Marloes Eeftens Multi-decade…