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Canopy Spectral Ecology and Ecophysiology Matthew Robson's Research Group Pages

  • Methane emissions from trees driven by solar radiation & temperature
    by Matt on 2023-12-24

    Tree planting is seen as a mitigation strategy to remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, as trees fix carbon dioxide by photosynthesis, but trees also emit various organic compounds that act as greenhouses gases, and it is important to quantify these emissions to understand the scales of the net benefit of trees and forests against … Continue reading "Methane emissions from trees driven by solar radiation & temperature"

  • Extended canopy closure under with mild autumns, and its effect on the understorey growing season
    by Matt on 2023-11-22

    In a new paper just out in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, we explore how extended canopy closure in oak and birch forests at Lammi Biological Station in southern Finland affects the growing season for common understorey forbs. The paper describes an experiment to test the effects of climate warming which may extend the length of … Continue reading "Extended canopy closure under with mild autumns, and its effect on the understorey growing season"

  • Functional role of aquaporins models plant to beech trees: David Israel’s PhD defence
    by Matt on 2023-01-21

    The public PhD defence of David Israel is on Friday 27th Jan 2023 13:15-15:15 EET with opponent Oliver Brendel from INRAE at Nancy, France. David Israel: The ecophysiology of plasma membrane aquaporins in Arabidopsis thaliana and Fagus sylvatica Biokeskus 2, auditorio 1041, Viikinkaari 5 This research makes the connection from expression of aquaporins in plant … Continue reading "Functional role of aquaporins models plant to beech trees: David Israel’s PhD defence"


Sensory and Physiological Ecology of Plants Decoding the acquisition and use of information by wild and cultivated plant species

  • The Earth is not flat. Are plants and plant canopies flat?
    by Pedro J Aphalo on 2022-12-30

    The problem Irradiance or spectral irradiance on a horizontal plane is normally used to quantify energy or photons available for photosynthesis. Similar measurements of irradiance in narrow bands of the spectrum or spectral irradiance measurements are used to characterize radiation features perceived by plant through photoreceptors. In the case of photosynthesis this makes some sense … Continue reading "The Earth is not flat. Are plants and plant canopies flat?"

  • Visit to Universidad Austral de Chile
    by Pedro J Aphalo on 2022-12-22

    I recently visited Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) located i n Valdivia. This trip is part of a colaboration with Daniel Calderini in a project about responses of wheat to planting density. My contribution is related to light quality in wheat canopies with plants at different spacing. I also taught an intensive doctoral course titled … Continue reading "Visit to Universidad Austral de Chile"

  • The R Universe
    by Pedro J Aphalo on 2022-12-18

    My R packages are now listed at the R universe, a new web site with a repository of packages accesible in multiple ways.  It is implemented as a database rather than being static like CRAN. The R Universe seems like a good tool to not only find packages but also to monitor their health. Its … Continue reading "The R Universe"


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