Forests and Human Health June-25-2014

Editor's words

By Dr. Tytti Sarjala, Researcher, Finnish Forest Research Institute

Collaboration between researchers in universities and research institutes has always been found to be highly important in order to broaden our knowledge and enhance multi-disciplinary scientific work. Finland will try to achieve increased collaboration between researchers in the area of natural resources by merging the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (RKTL) and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Tike) under a new entity called the Natural Resources Institute Finland. This will happen at the beginning of 2015. In this newsletter we introduce research activities into bioactive compounds and intensifying wild berry production in MTT Agrifood Research Finland. It is promising that new collaborative projects in the area of the health-promoting effects of forests and non-wood forest products will be achievable.

In addition, the successful launching of Forest Therapy Bases® or Therapy Roads® with the support of The International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (INFOM) in Japan is a good example of innovative multi-disciplinary scientific work to utilize forests to improve human health. Increased collaboration with Japanese researchers has proved to be beneficial also in European research projects, which aim to elucidate the medical effects of the forest environment on the human body.     


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