Agricultural Sciences research groups

Below are the introductions of the research groups that operate partly or wholly at the department of Agricultural Sciences in alphabetical order.


AgriChar: towards a carbon-negative agriculture
AgriChar research group is focused on exploring the mechanisms of the long-term effects of biochar in boreal soils, nutrient recycling and organic fertilizers. We have also ongoing projects in the areas of using biochar for re-using the phosphorus in lake sediments and reed.

Animal well-being, sustainable use of natural resources and mitigation of environmental impact are guiding us in developing animal production for future food security. Animal phenotype and genotype analyses are utilizing Big Data methodology.

Our research focuses on evolutionary developmental biology and secondary metabolism in Asteraceae mainly using Gerbera hybrida as our model organism.


Forage production in future climate and sustainable cropping systems.


Methane Exchange of Forest
We work to reveal the sources and sinks of methane and nitrous oxide in forest ecosystems. Our work spans from molecular to ecosystem-scale and include state-of-the art field and laboratory measurements and process modelling.


Plant phenomics is a discipline that uses high throughput methods to link genes to their function in plant context. Our team is focused on study the function of Ubiquitin Proteasome System (UPS) components in Arabidopsis growth and development as well as in responses to environmental challenges...


The Spatial Food Web Ecology Group at the University of Helsinki. Insect food webs in time and space.

We explore environmental and genetic regulation of growth cycle in a perennial model species woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca).

Insect management for our planet: for a hungry planet, for a diverse planet, for a healthy planet, for a changing planet.