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Genetic methods can be used to improve the monitoring of phytoplankton biodiversity

Jacqueline Jerney at work in the lab onboard research vessel Aranda.
Postdoctoral Researcher, molecular biologist Jacqueline Jerney working at the laboratory onboard research vessel Aranda. © Ilkka Lastumäki

News 2022-11-29 
The Finnish Environment Institute has tested the possibilities of using a genetic method to support the Finnish marine phytoplankton monitoring. The genetic method revealed two previously undetected species and one previously undetected genus in the northern Baltic Sea. According to the researchers, the combination of the genetic and microscopic methods would facilitate a better assessment of the total phytoplankton biodiversity and enable development of a biodiversity indicator in the future. The Finnish Environment Institute has published guidelines for the use of the eDNA method in marine phytoplankton monitoring.

Preliminary estimates: Municipalities’ climate emissions decreased by 3.1% in 2021

The total greenhouse gas emissions of Finnish municipalities by sector in 2005–202 © SYKE

Press release 2022-11-22
According to calculations by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), municipalities’ total climate emissions decreased by 3.1 per cent in 2021 from the previous year. Emissions decreased in nearly all sectors, but an increase in heating demand slowed down the rate of reduction in emissions from heating buildings.

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