In its research activities, the Botanical Garden is primarily a research support unit whose mission is to provide living plant material, breeding facilities and practical assistance to researchers and students.

The garden also conducts its own research activities, focusing on northern plant reproduction and success research, environmental research (landscaping, ornamental plants, endangered plants) and applied biotechnology as a part of plant production science.

Experimental fields

For research activities, the garden has three experimental fields.

There are also research greenhouses (see below) and various germination and propagation cabinets for research projects.

Researchers also have the opportunity to take advantage of the garden's various collections of plant origins.

Research greenhouses

There is a total of approx. 300 mof research and breeding greenhouses. Research and experimental cultivation can be carried out by using these facilities.

Micropropagation laboratory

The Botanical Garden has its own micropropagation laboratory where plants can be propagated in laboratory conditions. 

The most famous product of the laboratory is red-leaved downy -birch (Betula pubescens f. rubra). It was found in Ylikiiminki near Oulu in late 70's and is now a specialty available in the market.

Cryopreservation capacity

Botanical Garden has cryopreservation equipment for the conservation of plant genetic resources, where plant material can be stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees. The garden has developed cryopreservation protocols for several native endangered wild plants.

Are you planning an experiment or other activity where you need greenhouse or other facilities?

First, read the research education form (.docx), which should always be filled before starting experiments or education projects.


How to thank the research infrastructure you use

The Biodiversity Unit is a research infrastructure that receives support from the University of Oulu. The operation of research infrastructures is generally assessed according to how they are referred to in publications, dissertations and other theses. All academic users are required to give due thanks in their publications to the infrastructures whose resources they have utilized in their research leading to the publication. This will help ensure that infrastructure development and operating costs are kept at a reasonable level.

Recommended thank you text:

This work/Part of the work was carried out with the support of Biodiversity Unit, University of Oulu, Finland.

Where Biodiversity Units staff have made a significant contribution to the conduct of the research, it is appropriate that they be acknowledged as co-authors of the publication. In this case, the relevant institutional affiliation should be recorded as Biodiversity Unit, University of Oulu, Finland.