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Häme region as a pioneer in a risk management of pathogens in watercourses
Purified wastewaters, and discharge from urban areas and animal farms may contain high levels of intestinal pathogens, such as campylobacter and norovirus, which may threaten the safe use and recreation of watercourses. The ERDF-funded project investigates the transport of pathogens to watercourses and occurrence in potential risk sites such as beaches and water intakes. Researchers assess the magnitude of the risks and seek solutions to minimize the risks. The project is implemented in cooperation with experts from University of Helsinki, Finnish institute for health and welfare, Natural Resources Institute Finland and Häme University of Applied Sciences.

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The project will raise the profile of Finnish bioeconomy and digital competence internationally, brings more clearly the bio and circular economy to Kanta-Häme applied research as the leading province, increases Finnish bioeconomy expertise export opportunities, networking experts with each other and internationally, and increases student interest in the field.

Jussi Huotari, Tiina Tulonen and Lauri Arvola

In the world's current waste water treatment systems, much of the nutrients are lost and removed from the food chain. In this project, researchers are looking for practical solutions to recycle nutrients by using algae to extract the nutrients for later use as fertilizer. 

Janne Sundell and Petri Nummi
Beavers are well known as ecosystem engineers that greatly affect the environment they live in by damming streams and felling trees, and this activity has been known to increase biodiversity of invertibrates. In this project researchers are examining the effect of beaver habitat on the mammalian community. 

Marjo Saastamoinen and Suvi Ikonen
The Glanville Fritillary butterfly has become a model species for the study of metapopulations through the efforts of researchers at the University of Helsinki. Experimental work to get precise information on what affects the persistence of populations is essential to begin to understand how we can help conserve species in the future. 

Craig Primmer, Paul Debes, Andrew House and Suvi Ikonen

Professor Craig Primmer's group researches the genetic architecture influencing age at maturity in the Atlantic Salmon to discover what drives the timing of salmon spawning. At LBS, long term experimental work is underway to find out the exact mechanisms that influence when salmon return to riverine habitats to reproduce.

John Loehr, Janne Sundell
The amphipod Pallaseopsis quadrispinosa is a glacial relict species inhabiting lakes and and four springs in Finland. It is an excellent species to investiage morphological and behavioural evolution due habitat dependent adaptations that is has developed. Currently this project is investigating the evolution of antipredator behaviour and morphology.

Matt Robson, Craig Brelsford

The CANSEE group at the University of Helsinki uses LBS's forest to investigate the effects of spectral composition on the phenology of understorey plant species. By gaining knowledge about how plants react to different wavelengths of light, the project will help understanding of what triggers plants to bud in spring or lose their leaves in fall. This information will help understand how plants will react to ongoing climate change.

John Loehr, Robert Lynch

During the Second World War over 400,000 Finns were evacuated after the Karelian territory was lost to the Soviet Union. Using a wealth of life history data from over 160,000 people, this project aims to understand the effects of evacuation on the lives of these evacuees. 

Timo Pakkala and Juha Tiainen
In this project habitat selection, population trends, and regional variation of forest bird species is studied with over 40 years of uninterrupted data in the Lammi region. Studies have also concentrated on indicator species for forest biodiversity. Special focus has been placed on cavity nesting bird species and the importance of cavities and cavity trees for forest biodiversity.