Funded projects

Since the beginning of its history, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation has awarded nearly 80 million EUR in research and other projects promoting environmental conservation.

After the year 2000, the total sum granted annually has grown from 1.4 million EUR close to 4 million EUR. Most of the projects  have been supported over several years.

See the list of all funded projects here. You can search for funded projects by a word or a year.

2020

Nessling foundation received 369 new grant applications in Autumn 2019. A total of 2,2 million euros was granted for 37 multiannual projects.

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Elgert ChristinaArtificial light and its effects: how light pollution affects the reproduction of the common glow-worm

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research87150This doctoral thesis aims to study the effects of light pollution, e.g. nightly artificial light, on animal behavior, especially the reproduction of the glow-worm. The global increase in nightly light is a problem, as it disturbs and fragments the nightly environment. Glow-worms need darkness, as a female glowing in light is less likely to attract a mate or reproduce. Knowing the effects of light pollution supports both planning of conservation efforts and spreading of awareness.

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Finér SonjaFinnwatch Research Programme on Business and Climate Change

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NGOCommunication and implementation of research knowledge20000Finnwatch research programme on business and climate change produces new information about the climate impacts of business enterprises with ties to Finland and promotes tools for measuring and reporting carbon footprints in global value chains. Based on the research, the programme makes recommendations to companies, decision-makers and consumers.

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Gao YaoResilience of high-latitude wetlands in a changing climate: modelling and evaluation of wetlands carbon sequestration and methane emissions

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FMIPost doc -reserach67200To improve the understanding and simulation of CS and CH4 emissions in high-latitude wetlands by delivering a step change in model capacity in a more objective and process-oriented view, with the support of extensive field measurement data. The ultimate goal of the project is to promote the resilience of wetlands in future climate scenarios.

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Gluschkoff TaisiaTattarisuon teollisuusalue -tiiviin viranomaisyhteistyön merkitys alueen ympäristövalvonnassa ja ympäristörikosten havaitsemisessa alueella


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University of TamperePhD -research52000The information from my research will help to develop more effective operating and control practices that will enable public authorities to prevent and combat environmental and habitat pollution.



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Hannikainen Matti O.Food or Waste? A Cultural History of Fishes in Finland from the 1930s to the 2010s

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University of HelsinkiPost doc -reserach63270The aim of my two-year research of environmental history is to scrutinise how the use of fish for food has evolved in Finnish society from the 1930s to the 2010s and what factors have contributed to this development. I focus on the cultural history of both the esteemed edible fish and the so-called rough fish. I analyse what turned some indigenous fish into valuable but endangered species and some into rough fish that are plenty, but little used for human consumption.

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Hannula HannaOne Planet Visions

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Other organisationCommunication and implementation of research knowledge29467The project ’One Planet Visions’ aims to depict what a future society that fits in to the planetary boundaries could look like. It combines science with literature and visual arts, and will be published as a book, an exhibition and website. The project strives to raise awareness of the all-encompassing structural changes needed. The aim is to contribute with inspiring, solution focused views to the to the discussion concerning environmental crisis.


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Huhtala HanneleSeminar on the relationship between climate change and welfare state

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Other organisationCommunication and implementation of research knowledge21276The welfare state as we know it, has faced crisis. This crisis added with the knowledge about the climate change forces us to rethink the concept of the future state. This seminar calls together participants from all the fields of social sciences (i.e. researchers, professors and experts). They are not expected to share any views about a perfect state, but they are called to discuss and share their views – to create new kind of understanding how we can live on.

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Inkeri MarkkulaTowards efficient species identification with DNA-taxonomy: Soil-dwelling springtails (Collembola) into DNA-barcode library

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University of TurkuPost doc -research31500Springtails are an abundant and diverse, yet poorly known group of soil fauna. This project aims to create DNA-barcode library for Finnish springtails (250 species), and to maintain taxonomic proficiency by creating photo-, and permanent slide library to be used in biomonitoring and species inventories. New knowledge of the diversity of springtails in ecosystem, species and genetic levels is generated, which helps to estimate species’ abundances, distribution and endangeredness.

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Kaila LottaPesticide residues and their effects on pollinators in boreal farmland

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research144000The aim of this research is to find out how agricultural chemical pesticides affect pollinators in Finland and how to protect pollinators better than in the present.

The findings of this research enhance understanding on pesticide residue levels in pollinators in Finnish agriculture as well as their impact on wild pollinators. These results will help authorities and farmers to develop measures to protect pollinators.

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Kelola KatiTravel by Land (working title) - a non-fiction book for climate friendly travel

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Other organisationCommunication and implementation of research knowledge13000Travellers worry about climate. There’s an urgent need to cut down on flying and get scientific information on how to travel causing less climate emissions. Travel by Land (working title) is a non-fiction book that offers solutions to these needs. Its aim is to give practical advice on how to reduce one's climate footprint and inspire to travel by land. A journalistic non-fiction book is based on the latest climate research, expert interviews and travellers’ experiences.


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Kesti JuttaThe role of aerosol particles in the Earth’s water cycle now and in the future climate

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Ilmatieteen laitosPhD -research82500The aim of this study is to investigate how changes in boundary layer conditions affect vertical mixing of aerosol particles and hence CCN properties of the aerosol particles in different environments. By achieving this scientific goal, the study will produce information that has a direct bearing on future weather and climate modeling.

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Keto SamiEmpathy in a more-than-human world – an ecosocial education approach

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University of TamperePhD -research107100The aim of the research is to produce knowledge on the theory and practices of ecosocial education. I review empathy towards non-human life and whether empathy education could lead to sustainable life orientation. I also develop and explore art-based pedagogical methods for empathy education. My goal is to put the research results into practice in pedagogical and societal work.

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Kotila MiikaAttendance in the konference "6th International Berlin Bat Meeting: The human perspective on bats" maaliskuussa 2020

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University of TurkuCommunication and implementation of research knowledge630International Berlin Bat Meeting is a conference held in Berlin. It gathers a big part of the european researchers together and offers a great opportunity to connect and share ideas.
The topic of the next meeting is "The human perspective on bats", allowing me to communicate my own research on the impacts of the human induced climate change on bats. Furthermore, I will get more ideas and material to further develop my scientific communication.

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Kuusiola TimoTowards sustainable life: Alternative lifestyles as climate solvers

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Aalto UniversityCommunication and implementation of research knowledge20609The main aim of the project is to give rise to discussion on whether normative Finnish lifestyle is climate sustainable or not. In addition, the project will propose alternative housing practices as elemental part within the process of building sustainable life. The project combines experimental and scientific knowledge, through which the degree of social impact of alternative lifestyles will be debated. Podcasts, videos and blogs will be compiled under Tiny Life media platform.


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Laihonen MaaritThe Climate Good and Evil - Finnish Utopias and Dystopias

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Other organisationPost doc -reserach52500Hankkeen lähtökohta on, että ilmastonmuutosta koskeva keskustelu on voimakkaasti muovannut sosiaalista mielikuvitustamme, tapaamme kuvitella hyvää ja pahaa tulevaisuutta. Tutkimme suomalaisen median, kansalaisyhteiskunnan toimijoiden ja poliittisten päätöksentekijöiden ilmastotavoitteita sekä ilmastoon liittyviä utopioita ja dystopioita. Tarkastelemme tulevaisuudenkuvia etiikan näkökulmasta kysymällä, mitä ja millaista hyvää tavoitellaan, kenelle ja millä tavoin. Lähdemme erilaiset eettiset käsitykset hyvästä ja pahasta tulevaisuudesta erottuvat erityisesti teknologiaa koskevissa näkemyksissä, jotka edustavat erilaisia sosioekonomisia tavoitteita ja käsityksiä hyvästä ja pahasta.

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Lehtinen TapioMUOVIJÄTE – ONGELMASTA TUOTTEEKSI BIOLOGISELLA KONVERSIOLLA


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University of TamperePost doc -reserach73225The aim of the study is to develop a bacterial strain capable of degrading PET plastic and utilizing the degradation products for synthesis of valuable products. In this way, we can present a novel method for the utilization of plastic waste, and create incentives for its more efficient collection and recycling. By creating an example of how the carbon and energy in the plastic waste can be utilized, the principles of circular economy can be promoted.

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Lempinen HannaPath to a peat-free energy system - international examples and producer perspectives

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University of LaplandPost doc -reserach63800Finland will have to give up peat energy in the near future due to the environmental and climate impacts that its production and use cause. This will, however, not be possible as long as peat energy will continue to be framed as a specifically national energy policy concern. This research projects looks at the examples of other energy-dependent EU countries that have or are in the process of giving up peat energy. In addition, it seeks to understand the perspectives and experiences of those for whom peat is a livelihood and identity.

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Lonkila Kirsi-MarjaPoDoFF - Postdoc + official -pilot

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University of HelsinkiCommunication and implementation of research knowledge45000PoDoFF - Postdoc + official -pilot is aiming at enhancing mutual understanding between academia and government, and including environmental scientific knowledge to decision-making processes. Two postdoc-researchers will be selected to work and do research in the Ministry of the Environment. The pilot will enhance researchers’ understanding of decision-making processes, while officials’ understanding on research, its methods and the potential use of scientific knowledge will increase.

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Mäkeläinen SannaRole of cattle grazing in maintaining biodiversity in Finland

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University of HelsinkiPost doc -reserach72363This project aims at understanding how different livestock grazing regimes (such as organic livestock farming, grazing livestock for some period) or lack of grazing affect farmland birds in Finland. Specifically, which grazing practices are most beneficial for farmland birds and why these are beneficial directly and indirectly through food resources? What other factors, such as high cover of grassland and management without pesticides, make animal farms suitable for farmland species?

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Niittynen PekkaCan we facilitate the conservation of rare arctic-alpine plants by studying microclimate?

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University of HelsinkiPost doc -reserach77000This research project is focused to explore the importance of microclimate for rare northern species in changing climate.


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Nikkanen MaijaStorm-related disruptions - distribution of impacts and preparedness measures

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research116880The research focuses on how the impacts are of storms are distributed in across spatial, jurisdictional, temporal and sectoral scales in Finland, and how the allocation of current adaptation measures match the impacts. The larger aim is to gain insight into the division of climate change adaptation responsibilities in developed countries.

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Niku JenniNew statistical methods for joint modelling in community ecology

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University of JyväskyläPost doc -reserach60000We develope statistical methods for the analysis of multivariate abundance data in ecology. We extend the generalized linear latent variable models to handle spatial and temporal correlations inherent in data and they will be applied to two existing datasets from community ecology, e.g. to study the effect of restoration on Finnish peatland vegetation.

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Nuppunen-Puputti MaijaRole of Fungi in deep bedrock

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VTTPhD -research105738The project aims to deepen the understanding of the role of anaerobic fungi in deep bedrock environment. The project studies the importance of biofilm lifestyle and interaction between fungi and other microorganisms in rock surface biofilms. This project aims to develop culture techniques for anaerobic fungi and characterize fungal isolates. Furthermore, the study will focus on deep carbon cycling, its key-organisms and especially the role on fungi in deep carbon cycling.


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Östman MagnusA series of artichles about contemporary social environmental research in Finland

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NGOCommunication and implementation of research knowledge4000Projektets målsättning är att synliggöra samhällsvetenskaplig miljöforskning som bedrivs i Finland och väcka diskussion om samhälleliga fenomen som påverkar finländarnas attityder och handlingar.

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Pajunen VirpiParticipation in the Nordic Society Oikos conference, Reykjavik, Iceland

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University of HelsinkiCommunication and implementation of research knowledge1500The presentation of project "The importance of microclimate and catchment properties on the biodiversity of subarctic aquatic ecosystems – endangered ecosystems under change" funded by Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation to in the Nordic Society Oikos conference in Reykjavik, Iceland (2.-5.3.2020). The participation in the conference will bring more visibility to the project and helps to create new contacts, and it is part of the project's communication and interaction plan.

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Parampil SinduSatellite-based investigation of sources and sinks of CO2 over oceans

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Ilmatieteen laitosPost doc -reserach64950Oceans are globally one of the largest carbon sinks that limit the growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and help mitigate climate change. The project aims to study the oceanic carbon sources and sinks, and their change in recent years. Large uncertainties exist regarding these, as CO2 measurements over oceans are sparse and costly. Using a novel multi-satellite approach, atmospheric and ocean data from several NASA and ESA satellites will be analysed to quantify oceanic contribution to the carbon cycle

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Pratiwi AyuHeterogenous Effects of Migration and Gender upon Sustainable Agricultural Production and Consumption in Finland and Indonesia.

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University of TurkuPost doc -reserach70000Tässä tutkimuksessa tarkastellaan kahta ilmastonmuutokseen sopeutumisen ja sen vaikutusten lieventämisen kannalta merkittävää ryhmää, jotka suurimmassa osassa tutkimuksista on jätetty huomiotta: maahanmuuttajat ja naiset. Tavoitteena on tutkia vaihtoehtoista sopeutumis- ja lieventämisstrategiaa naisten ja siirtolaisten näkökulmista sekä ehdottaa suosituksia nykyisten sopeutumis- ja lieventämismekanismien parantamiseksi tuottajien ja kuluttajien näkökulmasta Suomessa ja Indonesiassa.

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Rajala AnttiPedagogy of concrete utopias: Fostering youth agency and climate activism in formal education

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University of HelsinkiPost doc -reserach70465This research project aims to design and research pedagogical approaches for responding to youth's anguish about climate change and for supporting the development of youth's active citizenship and activism for sustainable futures. The project also examines the development of youth agency and its preconditions. The project is implemented in collaboration with teachers, civil society organizations and young climate activists.

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Rydenfelt HenrikThe Climate Good and Evil - Finnish Utopias and Dystopias

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University of HelsinkiPost doc -reserach52100Hankkeen lähtökohta on, että ilmastonmuutosta koskeva keskustelu on voimakkaasti muovannut sosiaalista mielikuvitustamme, tapaamme kuvitella hyvää ja pahaa tulevaisuutta. Tutkimme suomalaisen median, kansalaisyhteiskunnan toimijoiden ja poliittisten päätöksentekijöiden ilmastotavoitteita sekä ilmastoon liittyviä utopioita ja dystopioita. Tarkastelemme tulevaisuudenkuvia etiikan näkökulmasta kysymällä, mitä ja millaista hyvää tavoitellaan, kenelle ja millä tavoin. Lähdemme erilaiset eettiset käsitykset hyvästä ja pahasta tulevaisuudesta erottuvat erityisesti teknologiaa koskevissa näkemyksissä, jotka edustavat erilaisia sosioekonomisia tavoitteita ja käsityksiä hyvästä ja pahasta.

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Sjöberg MarkusDigital Nature. Shared nature experience and relationship in the era of digital culture

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University of TamperePhD - research101960The aim of my doctoral dissertation is to study the impact of the digital age on Finnish relationship with nature and nature experience. Before the digital age stories from nature were told mainly at a campfire. Nowadays nature experiences are mainly shared as images on social media. My research focuses on people who take nature photos and share their nature experiences as images.

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Sormunen JaniTicks in the city - urban risk areas and risk control methods

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University of TurkuPost doc -reserach78000The 'Ticks in the city' -project aims to assess tick risk in urban parks and recreational areas in Finland and to develop methods to decrease this risk. Furthermore, it aims to increase awareness of tick presence in cities and the importance of tick searches after outdoor activities in urban green areas. City parks and recreational areas attract up to millions of visits yearly, making them potential high-risk areas for tick-borne disease transmission.


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Tyrmi JaanaBiofilia - in touch with nature
Tools to build meaningful nature connection in environmental education

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Independent researcherCommunication and implementation of research knowledge19167The project develops and compose versatile educational practices which generate interactive knowledge seeking in mainstream and liberal adult education to build nature connection as a component of environmental education.




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Vänttinen AnnakaisaSavonlinnan International Nature Film Festival 2020

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NGOCommunication and implementation of research knowledge8000Our aim is to bring environmental issues close to people via documentary and fiction films, art and discussion. We want to wake people to act and to care.

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Varis EveliinaBasket model for endangered species in commercial forests

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NGOCommunication and implementation of research knowledge35535The purpose of the project is to develop a basket model of endangered species and their habitat requirements in Finnish forests and make recommendations for sustainable forestry practices based on this. The information will be presented as an illustrated guide, which will be used as a practical tool for people who work in forestry. The model will be cost effective and user-friendly which guarantees its widespread use and acceptability. The project aims is to significantly curb the endangerment development in Finnish commercial forests.


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Vekuri HenriikkaSolutions for reliably quantifying carbon sequestration in soil

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Ilmatieteen laitosPhD -research112000The objective of this project is to develop a tool for estimating uncertainty in carbon balances derived from greenhouse gas flux measurements. The tool is needed for verifying and comparing actions to increase carbon sequestration in soil.

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Vesterinen EssiFrom altruism to egoism in marketing of sustainable lifestyles - Happiness as an egoistic driver for change towards anti-consumption of fashion.

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University of VaasaPhD -research95000The current efforts to combat over-consumption by appealing on peoples altruism and morality, to consume less even if it would lower the standard of living, have hardly resulted in nothing but climate anxiety and flight shame. This strategy won’t work, because a human being is selfish. Hence, by using fashion industry as an example, this research explores the possibility of using subjective well-being as an egoistic driver to boost change from over-consumption to anti-consumption.


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Yli-Hemminki PirjoEffects of mixed cropping on root exudates and enrichment of phosphorus-mining rhizobacteria in field soil

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LUKEPost doc -reserach76124The aim is to study biological mechanisms that mobilize soil-bound legacy-P in Finnish arable lands within multispecies cropping systems. Combination of various special crops are selected for their ability to take nutrients efficiently, as well as produce root exudates which sustain symbionts and phosphorus-mining bacteria. The goal is nutrient-efficient cropping system which produces nutritious vendible yield every year.

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