Malin Hultberg, horticulture with specialisation in the food chain
Malin Hultberg is an expert on horticulture with specialisation in the food chain. Her expertise is in the use of microorganisms such as microalgae and fungi from a production perspective.
In collaboration between SLU, the horticultural industry and other stakeholders I will work for a sustainable food production in the intensive production systems that are typical of horticulture.
The horticultural sector has an important role in the food industry. Fresh products such as berries, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and herbs are in demand by the consumer and important for a healthy lifestyle. The production is often intensive and specialised and durability of the product is limited. Sustainability of production, product management, and quality is important. Also development of new products and production methods, which requires research at all levels, is essential for the industry to continue to develop and for its competitiveness.
My expertise is in the use of microorganisms such as microalgae and fungi from a production perspective. Together with plant physiologists I work with issues related to plant production and currently we focus on how we can use organic nutrient sources in hydroponics. The emphasis is on resource-efficient and sustainably production systems. I am also interested in bioremediation processes and how nutrients can captured while producing interesting metabolites such as fatty acids and proteins.
As an external collaboration specialist at SLU, I want to be a link between research, production and the consumer.