Radiocarbon reveals biofuel hoax

Radiocarbon Analytics Finland has used radiocarbon analysis to determine that a fuel sample contained 2.7% biologically derived compounds as opposed to the 80% claimed by the retailer.

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We thank you for the past year and wish…

Luomus has experienced a year full of events – for better or for worse. The government’s austerity policy hit Luomus hard, but many positive things also took place: we hosted an international congress on lichenology, the development of the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility ( progressed swiftly, the exhibition Change in the Air attracted plenty of visitors, and the Finnish Bird Ringing Atlas was awarded a state prize. We are grateful for the support we received in times of hardship and thank our partners for fruitful collaboration.

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What's new

Flood basalt research at the Geological Museum
A four-year research project MARZ (Magmatism in the Africa-Antarctica Rift Zone), funded by the Academy of Finland, was launched at the Geological museum in September 2011.

Identification keys: all Eucnemidae genera and larvae
Third Finnish Breeding Bird Atlas (2006-2010) results published

New book about Elachistine moths (Csiro Publishing)

Type specimens of lichens and vascular plants (JSTOR)

Molecular systematics and taxonomy of hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) and related groups

Green roofs in urban areas

Satellite-tracked birds of prey

Track the routes of Honey Buzzards, White-tailed sea-eagles and Ospreys.

Birds on map


Finnish Breeding Bird Atlas

The Third Finnish Breeding Bird Atlas survey was conducted in 2006–2010. The first two atlases were carried out in 1974–79 and 1986–1989. The aim of the third atlas was to examine present distributions of birds and compare them with those published in the previous atlases. The atlas data can be utilized together with other long-term bird monitoring and other environmental data to investigate changes in biodiversity.

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