At the Division of Microbial Ecology we study ecosystems and the cycling of carbon and other bioactive elements. Understanding the functional ecology and diversity of microorganisms aid efficient and sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources.
At the Division of Microbial Ecology, we share a passion for understanding the diversity, metabolism, and ecology of ecosystem engineers. The group use methods such as environmental genomics, biogeochemical assays for field studies and experiments to address an array of interlinked questions on functional ecology, diversity, and microbial evolution. Our focus is on aquatic ecosystems, but the research also covers bacteria, archaea, microeukaryotes, and viruses in a wide range of ecosystems.
Management and staff
Head of division: Stefan Bertilsson
We are involved in around 20 research projects. Examples of some of these projects:
- Necromass - the fate of small organic compounds in lakes
- ARAMIS - adaptive radiation of aquatic microbial species
- PEACE - Plasmid evolutionary arms race
- Improvafish - Improving aquaculture sustainability by modulating the feed-microbiome-host axis in fish
- Covid -19 in wastewater
- Interactions between phytoplankton and bacteria
- MOSAiC and the Synoptic Arctic Survey
Environmental monitoring and assessment
Our division shares the responsibility of a national environmental monitoring of waste water för seasonal influensa and the SARS-CoV2 virus. We publish the results regularly at the "Swedish Covid-19 data portal/svenska Covid-19-dataportalen".