Metla Project 3422

Interlinkages between forest biodiversity and carbon sequestration

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Duration: 2006-2011   Keywords: UN Framework Convention on Climate Chan, biodiversity, change in soil carbon stock, convention on biological diversity (CBD), development of monitoring methods, forest carbon sink, soil organic matter
Research project group: Distinct projects 1 - Structure and function of forest ecosystems


The project provide new knowledge on the succession of fungi on decaying wood and their functional role in the decomposition process. The project develops stand growth models and soil decomposition models that  benefit the predictions of future forest development as the environment and silviculture changes.

The aims of the project can be divided up in to three subprojects:

I. Ecology of dead wood decaying fungi and its ecosystem function

II. Stand dynamics and availability of dead wood substrate in changing environment

III. Regional variation in forest structure and species habitats

Carbon sequestration into forest biomass, dead wood and soil slows down the climate change (video)

See also project Changing fire regimes in northern coniferous forests


I. Ecology of target species and relationship between species diversity and ecosystem functioning

II. Stand dynamics and availability of dead wood substrate in changing environment

III. Regional variation in forest structure and species habitats

For results of our prefious projects, see


Oral and poster presentations

Final seminar on Seminar on Forest ecology and challenges in the forest modeling, at the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa, Finland, 15 December 2011

Presentation at GEO-Carbon Conference: Carbon in a changing world, FAO, Rome, Italy, October 24-26, 2011

Presentation at Metsätieteen Päivä (a Day of Forest Science) Helsinki, Finland, October 26, 2011

Presentation at 'International Scientific-Practical Conference on INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGIES IN FORESTRY, 22-23 March, 2011, St.Petersburg, Russia

Presentation at Metsätieteen Päivä (a Day of Forest Science), Helsinki, Finland, November 4, 2010

Presentation at IMC9 - The Biology of Fungi, Edinburgh, UK, 1-6 August 2010

Presentation at IUFRO Conference on Multipurpose Forest Management, Niigata, Japan, September 20-25, 2009

Presentation at '6th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior BIOGEOMON 2009', June 29 - July 3, 2009, Helsinki, Finland

Presentation at '21st New Phytologist Symposium. The ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi', 10-12 December 2008, Montpellier, France.

Presentation at '51st Annual Symposium of International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS) - Frontiers of Vegetation Science', September 7-12, 2008, Stellenbosch University, South-Africa.

Presentation at 'Nordic workshop on habitat structure and nature quality', May 14-15, 2008, Roskilde, Denmark.

Presentation at the ForestSat'07 conference , November 5-7 , 2007, Montpellier, France.

Project leader: Mäkipää, Raisa
The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa Unit, PO Box 18 (Jokiniemenkuja 1), FI-01301 VANTAA, FINLAND
Phone: +358 29 532 2197

Other researchers: Härkönen, Sanna, VA (2009-11), Lehtonen, Aleksi, VA (2007-08), Linkosalo, Tapio, VA (2008-09), Peltoniemi, Mikko, VA (2007-08), Penttilä, Reijo, VA (2008-09), Siitonen, Juha, VA (2008-11)

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