The Master's Degree Programme in

Environment and Natural Resources MENVI


Key Research Areas


Photo by: Linda TammistoThe main research area of agroecology is the ecological sustainability of plant production. Important research subjects in the Division of Agroecology in the University of Helsinki are, for example, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable urban food systems.


Environmental Soil Science

Photo by: Linda TammistoEnvironmental soil science focuses on the processes and phenomena occurring in soil. The interactions of soil with plants, watercourses and air are studied with the means of chemistry, physics and biology. We concentrate on mechanisms that control the reactions and impacts of native and anthropogenic substances on the functions of ecosystems in soil and sediment.

Current areas of research in Environmental Soil Science in the University of Helsinki are, for example, impact of different agricultural practices on phosphorus loading of waters, impact of water management on the reactions of acid sulphate soils and remediation of soils polluted with oil or different heavy metals.



Environmental Engineering in Agriculture

Photo by: Linda TammistoEnvironmental Engineering studies the interaction between agricultural production and the environment and the methods for measuring and modelling them. Environmental Engineering in Agriculture develops production methods and production systems which are both ecological and economical.



Photo by: Linda TammistoResearch activity within microbiology in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry in the University of Helsinki is directed towards applied microbiology, i.e. understanding the benefits and risks that microbes can offer or pose to agriculture and forestry, food industry, environmental management and biotechnology, and to explore microbial diversity within diverse environments and associations with other organisms.

Currently, main research interests are cyanobacteria and their toxins, soil microbe-plant interactions, microbial diversity in soils, waters and sediments, fungal ecology and genetics, and environmental biotechnology.