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Malin Hultberg

Malin Hultberg
Malin Hultberg (Assoc. Prof) is an applied microbiologist working at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden. She did her PhD on biocontrol and the use of microbial antagonists in the rhizosphere in 1999. Since then she has been involved in research, teaching and extension focusing on sustainable bio-based technologies, with application for agriculture, horticulture and for waste treatment.


I am responsible for the microbiology teaching which focus on interactions between plants and microorganisms. I also take part in several other courses as lecturer on plant pathogenic bacteria, on food microbiology and on water treatment. Every year I supervise and examine several theses and participate in Ph. D. education both as a tutor and in examinations.



My expertise is in the use of microorganisms such as microalgae and fungi from a production perspective. Together with plant physiologists I also work with issues related to plant production and currently we focus on how we can use organic nutrient sources in production systems for plants and mushrooms. The emphasis is on resource-efficient and sustainable production systems. I am also interested in bioremediation processes and how nutrients can captured while producing interesting metabolites such as fatty acids and proteins.


I hold a position as a collaborations specialist in horticulture. In collaboration between SLU, the horticultural industry and other stakeholders I therefore work for a sustainable food production, made visible for the consumer, in the intensive cropping systems that are typical of horticulture

Selected publications

Hultberg M, Oskarsson C, Bergstrand KJ, Asp H (2022) Benefits and drawbacks of combined plant and mushroom production in substrate based on biogas digestate and peat. Environmental Technology and Innovation 28: 102740 

Golovko O, Ahrens L, Schelin J, Sörengård M, Bergstrand KJ, Asp H, Hultberg M, Wiberg K (2022) Organic micropollutants, heavy metals and pathogens in anaerobic digestate based on food waste. Journal of Environmental Management 313 (114997)

Silva ADM, Sousa J, Hultberg M, Figueiredo SA, Freitas OM, Delerue-Matos C (2022) Fluoxetine Removal from Aqueous Solutions Using a Lignocellulosic Substrate Colonized by the White-Rot Fungus Pleurotus ostreatus. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19; 2672 

Weimers K, Bergstrand KJ, Hultberg M, Asp H (2022) Liquid anaerobic digestate as sole nutrient source in soilless horticulture – or spiked with mineral nutrients for improved plant growth. Front. Plant Sci. 13:770179. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.770179 

Södergren J, Larsson C, Wadsö L, Bergstrand KJ, Asp H, Hultberg M, Schelin J (2022) Food waste to new food: risk assessment and microbial community analysis of anaerobic digestate as a nutrient source in hydroponic production of vegetables. Journal of Cleaner Production 333: 130239

Golovko O, Kaczmarek M, Asp H, Bergstrand KJ, Ahrens L, Hultberg M (2021) Uptake of perfluoroalkyl substances, pharmaceuticals, and parabens by oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) and exposure risk in human consumption. Chemosphere 291: 132898. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.132898.

Dahlin A, Hultberg M (2021) Odling av matsvampen maitake. LTV-fakultetens fact sheet 5

Asp H, Bergstrand KJ, Hultberg M (2021) Circularity in practice: reusing restaurant waste for in-house vegetable production. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1317: II International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture. doi 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1317.32

Ivarsson E, Grudén M, Söderberg J, Hultberg M (2021) Use of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) hulls as substrate for Pleurotus ostreatus – potential for combined mushroom and feed production. Journal of Cleaner production 313: 127969

Pelayo Lind O, Hultberg M, Bergstrand KJ, Larsson Jönsson H, Caspersen S, Asp H (2021) Biogas digestate in vegetable hydroponic production: pH dynamics and pH management by controlled nitrification. Waste and Biomass Valorization 12: 123-133 DOI: 10.1007/s12649-020-00965-y

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