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Press release 22.01.2007

Study published on development of environmental specimen banking and shared use of environmental samples in Finland

The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), in collaboration with research institutions, universities and museums of natural history, has carried out a survey on the development of storage and shared use of environmental sample materials collected in Finland .

The aim of the study was to unify the storage of environmental samples and data, and to increase the availability of information. The storage and utilization of environmental samples can be developed by centralized operations and by making the data related to the samples available for all groups that, for example, monitor and study the state of the environment. These aims are supported by instructions and generally accepted procedural models that are freely available on the Internet.

Benefits of unified procedures include increased possibilities for shared use of the samples and advanced networking for researchers. In the long term, centralized functions and increased availability of information will also promote cost-effectiveness.

The publication clarifies the current status and development needs for environmental specimen banking and shared use of environmental samples in Finland . It aims to take into consideration the needs of all research institutions, universities and museums of natural history that store environmental samples. In this study, however, less attention was paid to human specimen banking.

Publication: Jarkko Utriainen, Jarmo Poikolainen, Milla Kuokkanen, Juha Piispanen & Eero Kubin: Ympäristönäytteiden pitkäaikaisen säilytyksen ja yhteiskäytön kehittäminen Suomessa. Suomen ympäristö 56/2006. 122 p.

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