More information on PUTTE projects


Micarea elachista in a microscope © Annina Launis

Ministry of the Environment selected six new PUTTE projects for the years 2012-2014. Funding was provided to study the taxonomy and distribution of poorly known forest species and to produce new identification guides. The results will  help in designing effective conservation and management measures for the threatened fauna living in Finnish forest habitats. Two of the projects are larger consortium projects. Funding was provided altogether some 440 000 euros for the year 2012 and 490 000 euros for the year 2013.

An ecological test laboratory to Jyväskylä

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä got funding for two projects. The first is dealing with fungi and bryophytes of grazed forests. The second project is a consortium together with researchers from the University of Turku and the Finnish Environment Institute. The aim of the consortium project is to enhance the accuracy of the future Red List evaluations especially concerning the wood-inhabiting fungi.

The consortium involves three sub-projects. In two of the sub-projects the aim is to study habitat requirements of poorly known fungi groups and species composition living on a small-sized decaying wood. In the third sub-project the aim is to build an ecological test laboratory out of Kuusimäki forest located in Muurame, Central Finland. Researchers will collect massive samples of fungal and other environmental data which enables them to estimate for the first time in Finland local species pools, population sizes and community turnover of fungi.

The PUTTE projects at Jyväskylä will provide information which enables at least hundred new species to be included in the future threat estimations and increase the reliability of the existing threat evaluations for hundreds of species of fungi.

Five new identification guides in preparation

The Natural Environment Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute was also granted funding for two projects. Both projects will produce a new identification guides, on Finnish planthoppers and on Finnish opiliones and pseudoscorpions. In the project studying opiliones and pseudoscorpions the researchers were able to find two new harvestmen species to Finland during the first year of the funding period.

The Zoological Museum of the University of Turku got funding to study the vulnerability, ecology and conservation of Finnish forest bats. The Finnish Museum of Natural History which is an independent research institution functioning under the University of Helsinki got funding for a large consortium project involving four sub-projects. The species studied in the sub-projects are crustose lichens, terrestrial molluscs, cuckoo wasps and the garden dormouse. In three of the sub-projects an identification guide will be produced. Thus, altogether five new identification guides are currently under preparation.
Published 2013-06-20 at 9:40, updated 2013-06-20 at 13:19