Estonian University of Life Sciences


The Estonian University of Life Sciences focuses on the synergy between agriculture and rural economic activity, forestry, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine and cattle breeding, and technical and engineering sciences. The University of Life Sciences creates and shares knowledge for the promoters of biological economy for the good of nature and humans. The Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in Estonia, which has a spot on the best 100 universities of the world in the field of agriculture and forestry. Moreover, the University of Life Sciences belongs to 1% of scientific establishments referred to the most in the field of plant and animal sciences, environment, and ecology.

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Enn Lauringson

Dr Sci (in the field of plant production). The main directions in research are the impact of crop rotation, agricultural technique, and green fertilizers, incl. the follow-on crops on the humus balance and the physical and biological characteristics of the soil, weeding, and the yield of arable crops. He participated in the projects “Ascertaining the regulation possibilities of soil humus condition and nutrient balance and the phytoproductivity of green fertilizers in ordinary and organic farming” and “The model of humus balance as a tool to assess the sustainability of plant production” as the accountable executive.

Alar Astover

PhD (in the field of soil science), professor, department head of soil science and agricultural chemistry, whose priority in research is the effective use of soil and land resources, the economics of land use, matter circulations in agricultural ecosystems, the impact of fertilisation on biological production, ion, and the quality of the soil and the environment, optimisation of the use of mineral and organic fertilizers. In the current project, he coordinates the innovation activity connected to the balance stabilisation of the organic matter of the soil in field soil.

Henn Raave

Phd EMÜ, research fellow of the department of plant production and grassland management. During the last decade, he has studied leaching loss in grasslands and fields.in the framework of research, he has studied the indicator parameters of phytotoxicity of semi-coke, a residue of the production of shale oil, and of substrata produced from it, the effect of fertilization on the leaching of N and K in grassland, and in recent years, the influence of wood ash and biochar to soil characteristics, the yield of cereals and grass plants and the leaching of N, P, and K. In the given project, he coordinates activities connected to minimising the leaching and emission losses.

Liina Talgre

PhD (in the field of plant production). The primary directions of research are the impact of crop rotation and agricultural technology on the physical and biological characteristics of the soil, weeding, the yield of arable crops, and the influence of green fertilizers, incl. follow-on crops, on the development of the circulation of C and N, she participated in the projects “Ascertaining the regulation possibilities of soil humus condition and nutrient balance and the phytoproductivity of green fertilizers in ordinary and organic farming” and “The model of humus balance as a tool to assess the sustainability of plant production” as the main executor.

Marika Mänd

PhD (in the field of agroecology), professor, department head of plant protection, whose main work direction is connected with the pollination of arable and horticultural crops, the dietary behaviour of pollinators, and the elaboration of new environmentally friendly plant protection products. In the current project, she coordinates innovation activity in connection with the elaboration of precision plant protection methods.

Reet Karise

PhD (in the field of entomology), whose research work is connected with the dietary behaviour of pollinators, and the physiology and pathophysiology of insects. In the given project she coordinates studies which explain the impact of biological preparations both on the pests and on the bees.

Toomas Tõrra

MSc (in the field of agricultural chemistry)—his main direction of research has been the implementation of precision cultivation solutions in production fields. He participated in the project “Optimised habitat-based fertilization according to the sensitivity of the environment to different plant nutritional elements, based on the electronic database of soil information” as the project executor and “Habitat-based analysis of the phytomass and yield of cereals and the implementation of clean agricultural technique resulting from it” as the project manager. In the project at hand he coordinates the activities of the implementation of remote sensing solutions.

University of Helsinki


The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity and aims to produce research of a high international standard in all fields.

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Priit Tammeorg

agroecology docent of the University of Helsinki. Priit Tammeorg is one of the leading scientists of North Europe in the studies of biochar. The focal point of his research is the development of sustainable agricultural practices. Among other things, his interests involve the closing of nutrient rotations, soil fertility, organic farming, biochar and the well-being of animals. The AgriChar workgroup led by him is involved in the examination of long-term biochar influences in the soils of North Europe but also in the development of innovative solutions to reuse the nutrients that have reached water bodies in agriculture.

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Rural Development Foundation


The aim of the Rural Development Foundation (established in 1993) is to support and promote entrepreneurship in rural Estonia, creating better possibilities to access the capital and to raise the competitiveness of rural entrepreneurship.

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Triin Luksepp

financial consultant and entrepreneur. Thorough knowledge in financial management, strategic planning, and company development and expansion. As an advisor and an accountant, she has mainly dealt with enterprises connected with agriculture, but also enterprises of timber and metal industries and real estate companies. She figures a rural entrepreneur must be a great strategist, who has multi-level skills and is able to implement these skills successfully in their own company, incl. integrating experience from other fields into their own company. For this purpose, she provides support to enterprises in finance management, advises at the readings of financial reports, in the compilation of financial prognoses, in the communication with cooperation partners, and in the evaluation of the investment possibilities of the enterprise.

Agricultural Research Centre


The Agricultural Research Centre is a state institution that connects laboratories, experimental centres, and departments that have different tasks. The mission of the Agricultural Research Centre is to promote the Estonian agriculture in the common agricultural sphere of the European Union through the creation and mediation of new knowledge. The institution is a competence centre in the field of environmental influences on agriculture, soils, and agricultural chemistry and in questions relating to the work of laboratories and experimental centres. The popularisation of agriculture and presenting the achievements of the science of agriculture take place in the park of agriculture.

The primary fields of activity of the Agricultural Research Centre are organizing field experiments, compiling laboratory analyses, compiling the maps of fertilizers and lime, studies about good agricultural practice and agricultural chemistry, evaluating the environmental measures of agriculture, inspecting cereals, cereal products, feedstuffs, the attestation of conformity, checking the quality of intervention cereals, etc.

The centre has developed a modern laboratory base, which is capable of compiling the majority of the analyses necessary in the agricultural centre to determine the quality of seeds, foodstuffs, and agricultural produce of plant origin, incl. foodstuff, to identify the contaminations caused by plant pests and to diagnose plant illnesses.

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Priit Penu

MSc—his main research focuses are the characteristics of the Estonian soils, monitoring the field soils, usability of soils, organic matter of soil, the content of nutritional elements in soils, and changes as well as the compilation of maps of fertilization need.

Soil Scout OY


The primary purpose of Soil Scout OY is to make agriculture more sustainable, providing solutions to retrieve information straight from the soil. For this, the enterprise has devised a wireless environmental sensor, which is specifically meant to be installed underground.

The team of Soil Scout OY is passionate and international with backgrounds in agriculture, business development, scientific research, hardware and software design, product management, corporate leadership, and entrepreneurship.

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Johannes Tiusanen

Chief Scientist (CSO)

  • 19th Generation Farmer in Western Finland
  • PhD Research scientist / specialty in soil science
  • Expert in agriculture electronics
  • Agriculture & Environmental Technology Lecturer (University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus)

Jussi Sirkiä

CTO

  • 20+ years of experience in multi-discipline electronics hardware and software design
  • Extensive background in contract manufacturing
  • Specialist in power handling and energy efficiency

Tartu Observatory


Tartu Observatory is a state institution of research and development administered by the Ministry of Education and Research. The main activity of the Tartu Observatory is research and development, the aim of which is to improve the Estonian research in the fields of astronomy, remote sensing, and space technology and to provide services based upon the research of the aforementioned fields.

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Kaupo Voormansik

PhD, is the leader of the Radar Remote Sensing Team at Tartu Observatory. He has defended his doctoral thesis on the subject of the applications of remote sensing (TÜ, 2014), gained thorough knowledge about the bases of radar remote sensing and work principles during his practice at the Microwaves and Radar Institute of the German Aerospace Center in 2011/12. As of 2016, the primary research activities of the Radar Remote Sensing Team at Observatory are the remote sensing of grasslands and arable lands and the identification of improved areas from the radar data.