Salla-Riikka Kuusalu

Salla-Riikka Kuusalu
University of Turku | UTU · Department of Languages and Translation Studies

PhD
Researcher in the Ethical and Sustainable Language Teaching Project (EKKO)

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Introduction
I'm working in a research project that studies ethics and sustainability in language teaching (https://sites.utu.fi/ekko/en/). I'm interested in the structure of different languages, and how learned attitudes and cultural background can affect both learning and teaching. My work focuses on bringing forth a more sustainable language teaching approach through interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Publications (12)
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Bombus terrestris can cause pollination disturbance in native plants and compete with native bumblebees and other pollinators. The accompanying non-native parasites may also threaten native bees.We report new observations of the commercially used Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758) using trapping data and sporadic samples identified with a PCR–RFLP-...
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Warming winters and changes in species composition related to the estimated global warming may cause a threat to bumblebees adapted to cold winters. During the overwintering period, their intermediary and respiratory metabolism decreases but metabolism remains responsive to temperature. The effect of temperature on diapause survival, phenoloxidase...
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Northern bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with annual lifecycles depend both on energy stores remaining in their fat body after diapause and a few spring flowering plants. Most temperate bumblebees emerge gradually over several months after winter depending on the species and within species on the location of the overwintering chamber (hibernaculum...
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The worldwide decline and local extinctions of bumblebees have raised a need for fast and accurate tools for species identification. Morphological characters are often not sufficient, and molecular methods have been increasingly used for reliable identification of bumblebee species. Molecular methods often require high-quality DNA which makes them...
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The survival of insects during diapause may be affected by overwintering temperature and other environmental stress, such as anthropogenic habitat degradation. We experimentally studied the effects of overwintering temperature (+1 and +7°C) and commercial forest clear-cutting on the overwintering survival of the forest-dwelling wood ant Formica aqu...
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Large herbivores have a significant impact on boreal forest ecosystems. The modification of resources through their feeding induces changes in trophic dynamics and affects the direction of interactions in a community. Moose Alces alces may decrease the available plant biomass for herbivorous insects on one of their main winter forage species in Fen...
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In addition to natural environmental variation, plants and their associated microorganisms may encounter a series of anthropogenic environmental changes. Direct effects of pollutants on organisms are feasible to study, but impacts of air pollution on more complicated ecosystem functions are often difficult to interpret. Effects of pollutants on var...
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Systemic fungal endophytes of grasses can produce high concentrations of alkaloids that are known to deter invertebrate herbivores and reduce their abundance, especially in agronomic grasses. Grass endophytes may also influence invertebrate community diversity and composition. Here, we examined in a common garden experiment with wild tall fescue pl...

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Ethically Responsive and Sustainable Language Teaching, funded by the Kone Foundation, is a four-year project launched in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland in January 2021. The cornerstone of the project lies in the question of how the principles of ethics and sustainability can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service teacher education. Considering the aspects of sustainable development and language equality is challenging not only in language teaching but also in pre-service language teacher education. The purpose of the project is to research the essence of ethics and sustainable development principles and how they can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service language teacher education. Based on this research, we will develop engaging learning activities for language learners and pedagogic solutions for pre-service teachers and teachers, which promote ethical conduct, sustainable development and language equality. See: https://sites.utu.fi/ekko/en/
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Diverse topics in ecology, health and conservation of pollinators, especially of bumblebees (Bombus sp.), are studied in this project. Further studies in other grops of pollinators, such as honeybees and solitary wild bees, may soon complement this project.