The Faculty’s areas of strength in research include the following:
The research on agriculture and forestry conducted at the University of Helsinki is ranked among the top in the Nordic countries and Europe in international university rankings, and in the top 50 on the global scale.
The Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Antimicrobial Resistance Research headed by Marko Virta was selected for the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence Programme for the term 2022–2029.
Seven of the 14 Centres of Excellence selected by the Academy of Finland for 2014–2019 were coordinated by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry participated in the following Centre of Excellence:
Finnish Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Sciences. The director of the Centre of Excellence was Markku Kulmala.
In addition, the Faculty contributed to the following:
Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research. The director of the Centre of Excellence was Juha Hyyppä from the Finnish Geodetic Institute. The University of Oulu and Aalto University were also partners in the centre.
The Flagships coordinated by the University of Helsinki combine top-level research and a diverse range of collaboration with businesses and the wider society. The Faculty is participating in one Academy of Finland Flagship: the Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC).
The Leg4Life project promotes environmental and human health and wellbeing by increasing the cultivation of domestic legumes as well as their wider use in food and feed.
Our current food production and consumption practices are confronted by big environmental and societal challenges, such as the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, the moves toward a circular economy, and the increasingly common diseases of affluence. Food production needs to be increased to feed the growing population but the environmental load of food production needs to be decreased at the same time.
The research project promotes a fair sustainability transition in housing and construction. Its aim is to investigate and develop solutions that engage residents in challenges associated with climate change and the differentiation of residential areas. The project produces information on values related to citizens’ housing and climate change, as well as the preconditions of climate action. In addition, tools and solutions are developed in collaboration with municipalities, residents and other stakeholders.
Mari Pihlatie’s ERC funded project studies the nature of methane emissions from trees.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that significantly contributes to climate change. Recent discoveries demonstrate that trees emit methane and by doing so they affect the methane budget of forests. As forests cover ca 30% of the global land area, understanding this newly discovered source of methane is crucial for a better understanding of the global methane cycle.
From processes to modelling of methane emissions from trees, 2018–2023.
Apulaisprofessori Kirsi S. Mikkosen ERC-rahoitetussa projektissa kehitetään Janus-partikkeleiksi kutsuttuja nanopartikkeleita, joilla on kaksi eri tavoin käyttäytyvää puolta. Rakenne saa partikkelit toimimaan tietyllä tavalla materiaalien rajapinnoilla, esimerkiksi vakauttamaan öljypisaroiden pintaa emulsioissa. Tavoitteen saavuttamiseksi hankkeessa hyödynnetään kestäviä biopolymeerejä ja vihreän tekniikan ratkaisuja.
Green route to wood-derived Janus particles for stabilized interfaces (PARTIFACE), 2020–2025.