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Fluff Stuff: Re-imagining common peatland management practices in Finland

Explore the challenges and potential solutions to current peatland management practices in Finland through talks and a conversation with experts.
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About 90 000km2 of Finland is covered by peatlands, making it proportionally the most peatland-rich country in the European Union. In the past, pristine Finnish peatlands have provided a wide range of important ecosystem services, valuable habitats and sustainable sources of income. Within a century, common peatland management practices, such as conventional agriculture, forestry management and peat extraction, have led to the drainage of 55% of Finnish peatland areas, turning them from long-term carbon storages to large-scale emission sources.

In this event, we have three expert talks that explore how to harness Finland's potential through rewetting peatlands, the cultivation and harvesting of wetland crops, and one innovative proposal for climate-wise utilization of Finnish peatlands.

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Image: Typha Latifolia as a textile filler © Fluff Stuff

Program

15:00-15:05 Opening words - Mark Hughes (Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Aalto)

15:05-15:25 Opportunities for new products and climate change mitigation in the land-use sector by biomass production on rewetted croplands - Kristiina Lång (Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke)

15:25-15:35 Seeds for sustainable transitions? Investigating properties of cattail seed hair as textile fillings - Lukas Schuck (MSc student Creative Sustainability / Fluff Stuff Project)

15:35-15:45 The potential of robotics in paludiculture - Hermanni Viljanen (MSc Automation & Electrical Engineering)

15:45-16:00 Q&A

Speakers

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Kristiina Lång

Kristiina Lång, Research Professor. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Opportunities for new products and climate change mitigation in the land-use sector by biomass production in croplands

Kristiina Lång is a research professor of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation from the Natural Resources Institute Finland. She studies ways of improving the sustainability of land use in agriculture. She is especially keen on finding ways to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions of cultivated peat soils by developing value chains involving biomass production in rewetted peat soils.

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Lukas Schuck

Lukas Schuck, MSc Student of Creative Sustainability. Aalto University

Seeds for sustainable transitions? Investigating properties of cattail seed hair as textile fillings

Lukas Schuck is a second year Master's Student of Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. During his studies, he has developed a particular interest toward regenerative agricultural transitions and wetland crop production on peatlands. In his master thesis, he explores the potential of seed hair fibers from the wetland crop Typha Latifolia as a planet-positive textile filling alternative.

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Hermanni Viljanen

Hermanni Viljanen, MSc student of Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Aalto University

The potential of robotics in paludiculture

Hermanni Viljanen is a master's student at Aalto University majoring in Control, Robotics and Autonomous systems. Hermanni is currently focusing on optimizing the harvesting of Typha Latifolia seed fluff for the production of sustainable textile filling. He is interested in making paludiculture a more attractive alternative for farmers by enabling effective production of new sustainable materials.

Join us at the event

Anyone interested and curious about sustainable agricultural transitions, climate-wise peatland management or novel bio-based material solutions is welcomed to join the audience.

Visit the exhibition

For Helsinki Design Week at Aalto University, Fluff Stuff exhibits prototypes and raw material from the Typha Latifolia plant in the Väre building.

Learn more about the Fluff Stuff exhibition at Väre

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