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New forest and forest biomass based products and services (NEW)
- Research and development programme 2014–2018

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Brochure (pdf)

Metla/Essi Puranen.

New products and services based on renewable natural resources are under intensive development in many sectors throughout the world. One reason for this is declining demand and production related to some traditional forest industry products. An additional aspect is the emerging bioeconomy phenomenon, which supports the use of various forms of renewable natural resources. Good preconditions exist for this development, since Finland has vast forest resources. 

Metla’s new research and development programme, “New forest and forest biomass based products and services”, approaches this important theme from two perspectives.

First, the programme will develop a procedure for improving and systematising the identification of new product and service ideas based on Metla’s research results. Second,  the programme is a home for projects in which new forest and forest biomass based products and services are developed. The programme clearly emphasises functional cooperation with various companies operating in these fields.

The duration of this programme, launched from the beginning of 2014, is five years.


Euronews 10/2014:
Do you know: who owns mushrooms in a forest?

Picking your moments: the science behind foraging in forests


Berries, cork, truffles – in addition to trees, forests harbour an abundance of untapped resources
Read more about the topic in Metla Bulletin 20.12.2013



Programme director, senior researcher Mikko Kurttila

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), PO Box 68 (Yliopistokatu 6), FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Phone +358 29 532 3262
e-mail: mikko.kurttila(a)


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