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Information and expert services

Information end users and other interested parties can obtain the institute's research results and information through a number of channels:


Metla's photo-archive contains over 30,000 photographs of the forests, forest research and forestry. The photographs are used for Metla's own purposes, but also available for other use by agreement.

For more information, please contact
Erkki Oksanen

Research forests

Research forests serve also as a gateway to forest research and forest information: a number of trails, routes and other information services have been set up in the research areas and nature conservation areas. There are also facilities for recreational purposes.

More information about the research forests and their services


Metla's modern and well-equipped laboratory facilities provide a valuable research asset to forest research. The central laboratory in Vantaa and the regional laboratories in the research stations and centres provide a wide range of analysis and other services. The analysis services include different methods of bioscience, e.g., inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, tree physiology and anatomy, and physics. The central laboratory is an accredited laboratory fulfilling the international requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

For more information, please contact
Marjatta Kantola


Metla Library and Information Service is a scientific library with collections of approximately 43,000 volumes, approximately 1,300 periodicals (from which 730 are foreign), and a growing number of CD-ROM databases (TreeCD, Current Contents, Agricola). In addition to the main library situated in the capital area, Vantaa, there are a number of smaller libraries varying in size. The libraries serve primarily the researchers within the institute. However, its collections are available for other library users, too. You can order Metla's publications from the Metla library.

For more information, please contact
Jarmo Saarikko

: Updated: 21.01.2013 /JHyv  |  Photo: Erkki Oksanen, Metla, unless otherwise stated  |  Copyright Metla  |  Feedback