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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

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, in Press

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

Sunyer-Caldú A, Hultberg M, Gago-Ferrero P, Díaz-Cruz MS, Ahrens L, Golovko O (2021) Suspect screening strategies to identify anti-diabetic metformin transformation products after degradation by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus). International conference on non-target screening 4th-7th October 2021, Erding, Germany (oral presentation)

Bergstrand KJ, Asp H, Hultberg M (2020) Utilizing anaerobic digestates as nutrient solutions in hydroponic production systems. Sustainability 12: 10076; doi:10.3390/su122310076

Hultberg M, Ahrens L, Golovko O (2020) Use of lignocellulosic substrate colonized by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) for removal of organic micropollutants from water. Journal of Environmental Management 272: 111087

Hultberg M, Bodin H, Golovko O (2020) The use of mycoremediation for wastewater treatment. Water reuse for a sustainable world. Final Conference REWATER. June 29-30. Book of Abstract pp 17-18

Chen F, Xiong S, Sundelin J, Martin C and Hultberg M (2020) Potential for combined production of food and biofuel: cultivation of Pleurotus pulmonarius on soft- and hardwood sawdusts. Journal of Cleaner Production 266: 122011

Thompson HO, Hagström G, Hultberg M (2020) Utveckling av nya växtbaserande livsmedel – effekt av mjölksyrafermentering. LTV-fakultetens faktablad 5

Thompson HO, Önning G, Holmgren K, Strandler HS, Hultberg M (2020) Fermentation of cauliflower and white beans with Lactobacillus plantarum – impact on levels of riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, and amino acid composition". Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 75(2), 236-242. DOI: 10.1007/s11130-020-00806-2

Silva A, Figueiredo S, Freitas O, Hultberg M, Delerue-Matos C (2020) Preliminary evaluation of Pleurotus ostreatus for the removal of fluoxetine from a synthetic wastewater. 5th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 10-11 Nov, Online (Poster)

Lind O, Hultberg M, Bergstrand KJ, Larsson Jönsson H, Caspersen S, Asp H (2020) Biogas digestate in vegetable hydroponic production: pH dynamics and pH management by controlled nitrification. Waste and Biomass Valorization, in press DOI: 10.1007/s12649-020-00965-y

Asp H, Bergstrand KJ, Hultberg M (2020) Biogödsel som näringskälla vid hydroponisk odling- nitrifiering och pH. LTV-Fakultetens Faktablad 1. (report in Swedish)

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