Responsibility Areas of Academic Activities

Responsibility Areas of Academic Activities and their Content in Estonian University of Life Sciences


Responsibility areas of academic activity and chairs in Estonian University of Life Sciences


Crop Science and Plant Biology

Crop production and management, organic farming, land management and technologies, valorisation and preservation of plant products, grassland husbandry, grassland farming for feed, bioenergy crops, plant physiology and  biochemistry, plant ecophysiology, plant stress biology, abiotic and biotic stress responses and gene expressions, plant structural and physiological adaptation mechanisms to global changes biosphere- atmosphere interactions, biogenic emissions, modification of photosynthetic apparatus to climate change.


Cultivation of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals,  greenhouse production of horticultural crops, garden design, fruit and vegetable biochemistry and quality, postharvest technologies and processing of horticultural crops, breeding of fruits, berries and ornamentals.

Plant Health

Chemical, integrated and environmentally friendly plant protection; phytosanitary; applied entomology-  ecology, physiology, ethology and  morphology of insects; eco-chemical communication; nematology; phytopathology – plant diseases (fungal, microbial and viral) and their control

Soil Science


Soil ecology, chemistry and physics; soil functions; humus status of soils; nutrient cycling in the system soil-plant- environment;  plant nutrition and optimal fertilization; soil genesis and classification;  soil cartography  and databases; rational land use 

Landscape and Environmental Management


Environmental management, landscape ecology and management, land-use history and scenarios, valorising the landscapes, nature conservation, ecosystem services – mapping and evaluation, landscape monitoring, remote sensing, efficiency of spatial measures of environmental management, climate changes and land use – their impact on biodiversity, environmental analyses, biogas, nature based solutions, environmental policy and participation.​

Landscape Architecture

Landscape design, construction and maintenance; universal design of outdoor space; preservation and renovation of historic sites and monuments; art of parks; modern theory and history of landscape architecture; landscape character assessment; landscape and visual impact assessment; planning of cultural landscapes and residential environment; 3D virtual solutions for landscape architecture.

Biological Diversity and Nature Tourism

Biodiversity patterns, evolution, protection and monitoring, agro- ecosystems and their ecology; botany, zoology and mycology, floristics, faunistics and fungistics, biosystematics, population and production biology; interpretation of biological diversity through nature tourism, planning and analysis of impacts of nature tourism on environment and society; management and depository of natural history collections and research based on them.

Hydrobiology and Fishery

Limnology; ecology of inland water bodies; hydrochemistry and –physics; limnological modelling; planktology; water microbiology;  ichthyology, zoobenthology, phytobenthology; hydrobotanics; biodiversity; protection of water bodies; resources of water bodies; ecotoxicology of water bodies; sediment geochemistry and palaeolimnology; hydromorphology; fishery; protection of endangered species of water bodies; statistical analyses of hydrobiological data; sanitation and restoration of inland water bodies; formation of  biota of artificial inland water bodies; impact of climatic changes to water bodies.

Animal Breeding and Biotechnology

Animal breeding, conservation of animal genetic resources, animal genetics, genomics, transgenic technology, animal reproduction and reproductive disorders, reproductive biotechnology.

Animal Nutrition

Livestock feeds and feeding, feeding technologies, nutritional physiology and metabolism, animal production and product quality, animal behaviour, welfare and housing, effect of animal production on the environment


Aquaculture technologies; fish genetics, genomics, biotechnology and selective breeding; conservation genetics, artificial reproduction and stocking of endangered fish and crayfish species; ichthyopathology and fish health management.

Veterinary Bio- and Population Medicine

Animal anatomy, histology, cytology, embryology and developmental biology; physiology, immunology, pathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, epidemiology, animal hygiene and herd health, infectious diseases.

Clinical Veterinary Medicine

Diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis of diseases of animal species important for Estonia

Food Science and Technology

Food chemistry, physics, microbiology, food processing technologies and basic processes, product development, sensory assessment, food quality, quality management

Food Hygiene and Veterinary Public Health

Food hygiene and safety, veterinary public health, control of the microbiological, chemical and physical hazards in food production, hygiene in food processing, food and environmental toxicology, zoonotic diseases, state veterinary service and veterinary legislation, food safety risk assessment, bioterrorism and water hygiene.

Silviculture and Forest Ecology

Forest as an ecosystem and silvicultural methods: forest biodiversity and disturbance ecology, forest typology, carbon and nutrient cycles, forest bioproduction, forest tree breeding, nursery management, forest regeneration, forest cutting systems, forest improvement, forest plantations, dendrology, forest and climate policy, multiple use of forests, forest protection, forest pathology and wood preservation, forest entomology, game biology and management, urban forestry, dendrophysiology.

Forest Management Planning and Wood Processing Technologies

Planning of forest management and nature conservation, ecological restoration of forest ecosystems,  forest inventory, dendrometry, modelling of structure and growth dynamics of forest ecosystems, decision support systems in forestry, forest economics and entrepreneurship, forest policy, private forestry, remote sensing and spatial analysis, logging technologies, forest logistics and wood trade, saw-mill technologies, wood drying and protection, technologies of wood processing and furniture industries, properties of wood and wood based materials, resources, properties and production technologies of wood fuels, innovation and production management in forest and wood processing industry.


Geodesy, gravimetry and geodynamics, satellite positioning, laser scanning, photogrammetry, remote sensing, land management, land administration, land policy, land cadastre and cadastral surveying, regulation of property rights and land use relations, land use planning.

Rural Building and Water Management

Building structures, timber and timber-based structures, local natural insulation- and finishing materials, mechanics of the building materials and structures, embodied energy, durability of buildings and structures, building physics, construction management, renovation of buildings, agricultural- and production buildings, hydraulic structures, structures for aquaculture and fish migration, drainage and irrigation, water supply, hydro power, applied hydrology, hydraulics, water purification and water pollution control structures, waste management technologies.

Biosystems Engineering

Agricultural engineering, farming technology, bioenergetics, biofuels, automotive, car diagnostics, production engineering, manufacturing engineering, ergonomics.

Energy Application Engineering

Renewable energy (wind, solar and geothermal energy), energy demand response, smart buildings, net zero energy buildings, energy storage, thermal energy.

Rural Economics

Agricultural, environmental and resource economics; agricultural and rural policies; agri-food markets and marketing; competitiveness and sustainability of rural economy; accounting and financial management in rural economy; information systems and methods of analysis of the rural economy; rural entrepreneurship and strategic management; economic and social development of rural areas and communities; cooperatives and cooperation in bioeconomy value chains.