Research in Plant Production Sciences

Research in Plant Production Sciences  is of high quality and international importance. Fields of research in Plant Production Sciences are Agroecology, Crop Science, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology and Agricultural Zoology. Important research questions are the sustainability of agriculture and food systems, agrobiodiversity, the environmental effects of production and adaptation to climate change, response of cultivated plants to environmental stresses, managing crop yield and quality, plant-based bioenergy, phytoremediation, molecular basis of flower development, conservation of genetic resources, plant genomics, secondary metabolism in plants, plant biotechnology, and plant-pathogen interactions and defence mechanisms.
 

Research expertises:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Juha Helenius

  • Vulnerability assessment of ecosystem services for climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Monitoring of impacts of the Finnish agri-environmental support scheme
  • Industrial ecology: recycling of meat and bone meal

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Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Iryna Herzon

  • Biological role of ditches in Finnish agricultural environments
  • Efficiency of agri-environmental management for biodiversity in Estonia
  • Farmland as habitat for birds in North-Western Russia

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Principal Investigator: PhD, Docent Priit Tammeorg

  • The effects of biochar on soil and plant properties and soil biota
  • Recycling nutrients from waterbodies into agriculture
  • Recyling fertilizers and soil amendment materials

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >> and in the AgriChar research group's website >>

Research expertises:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Pirjo Mäkelä

  • Ecological intensification of field crop production/Kasvintuotannon ekologinen intensifikaatio
  • Phytoremediation with crops/Maaperän puhdistaminen kasveilla
  • Sewage sludge as nutrient source for bioenergy crops/Jätevesiliete bioenergiakasvien ravinnelähteenä
  • Increased sustainability in field crop production with winter crops/Syyskylvöisillä kasveilla kestävyyttä kasvintuotantoon

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Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Mervi Seppänen

  • How flower­ing relates to bio­mass ac­cu­mu­la­tion in for­age grasses ?
  • Is flower­ing a sig­nal for stem lig­ni­fic­a­tion and de­creased di­gest­ib­il­ity of the bio­mass?
  • Adaptation to Northern climates
  • Forage grasses and nutrient cycling

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >>  and in the Forages for the Future's website >>

Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Fred Stoddard

  • “Norfab” and “Papugeno” projects on genomic tools to accelerate faba bean breeding
  • Grain legumes in cropping systems: rotational aspects and environmental impacts in the “Legume Futures” and “Climate CAFE” projects
  • Quality of faba bean and other grain legumes for food uses
  • New uses for plant proteins in “EIT FOOD” project

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >> and in the Legume Futures FP7 project website >> and in the Climate CAFE ERA-NET project website >>

Research expertises:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Paula Elomaa

  • Molecular mechanisms of flower development
  • Flower type differentiation
  • Inflorescence meristem patterning

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >> and in the Gerbera laboratory's website >>

Principal Investigator: Prof. (tenure track) Timo Hytönen

  • Climatic adaptation of perennial plants
  • Environmental and molecular control of perennial growth cycle
  • Strawberry fruit development

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >> and in the Strawberry laboratory's website >>

Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Leena Linden

  • Sphagnum moss as a growing medium
  • History of gardening and garden plants
  • Identification of horticultural cultivars

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Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Pauliina Palonen

  • Primocane raspberry production
  • American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) production in Finland
  • Climatic sustainability of fruit and berry crops
  • Improving strawberry cropping potential with different fall management practices

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Research expertises:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Teemu Teeri

  • Molecular biology of inflorescence development
  • Secondary metabolite biosynthesis in Gerbera hybrida
  • Lignin biosynthesis

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Principal Investigator: Prof. Helena Korpelainen

  • DNA barcoding and metabarcoding and their applications
  • Population and conservation genetics of plants
  • Crop wild relatives and their potential for plant breeding

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Principal Investigator: PhD, Docent Kristiina Himanen

  • Identification and functional characterization of flower specific ubiquitin proteasome system

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Research expertises:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jari Valkonen

  • Molecular potyvirus-host interactions and resistance to potyviruses
  • Viral synergism and supression of RNA silencing
  • Viruses of sweetpotato and cassava
  • Potato virus Y: epidemiology, control and virus-host interactions
  • Potato mop-top virus: towards improved control

Read more in the UH Research Portal TUHAT >> and in the Plant Virology group's website >>

Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Asko Hannukkala

  • Epidemiology of potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans)
  • Bacterial blackleg and soft rot (Pectobacrerium spp. and Dickeya spp.) and Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum
  • Potato late blight control, efficacy and resistance risk of late blight fungicides
  • Diseases on caraway
  • Developing organic and IPM practices in potato production

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Principal Investigator: Univ. lecturer Minna Pirhonen

  • Identification and characterization of soft rot bacteria
  • Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum in cultivated and wild plants in Finland
  • Profiling effects of storage conditions on potato gene expression
  • Biocontrol of soft rot during storage

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