Metla Research project group
Distinct projects 1 - Structure and function of forest ecosystems (EK1)
Objectives The knowledge of the structure and function of forest ecosystems is the basis of sustainable use of forests.
This research priority produces and conveys information on the impacts of human activities and natural factors on the structure and function of forest ecosystems. It also promotes the ecological approach in wood industry and the alternatives in forest use. The main focus of research is on the ecological sustainability of forest use.
- Forest ecological yield and development dynamics, including chemical flows in forests
- Interactions between genetic structures and forest use
- Biology of forest diseases and pests and the methods to control and prevent them
- Mechanisms of biodiversity
Topical research targets Important research topics include forest development dynamics, forest tree function and output in changing environmental conditions, dispersion and prevention of forest damage, genetic characteristics of forests and forest breeding, biological diversity, the impacts of climate change on forests, and environmental impacts of forestry.
The Finnish Forest Research Institute > Luke,
PO Box 68 (Yliopistokatu 6), FI-80101 JOENSUU, FINLAND,
phone +358 29 532 2111,
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