Professor Ülo Niinemets is Head of the Department of Crop Science and Plant Biology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. He has got BSc, MSc, and PhD from the University of Tartu, Estonia and carried out research in more than 20 countries. He has specific expertise in quantification and predictive modelling of plant carbon gain and trace gas exchange from leaf to ecosystems, landscapes and biomes under globally changing climates. He has collaborated with more than 700 scientists and has co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals.
Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
Talk title and synopsis
Plant adaptation to environmental change: potentials, limits and feedbacks to global change.
Plant adaptation to environmental alterations improves plant performance under changed environmental conditions, but there is a large variation in the adaptability among different species and in dependence on the rate and severity of environmental change. Understanding the factors controlling plant adaptation capacity to environmental perturbations is of utmost importance for predicting future changes in vegetation productivity, and release of biogenic volatile compounds and vegetation role in global biosphere-atmosphere interactions.