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Karin Ljung receives Roséns Linnaeus Prize in Botany

Published: 04 December 2023
Portrait photo of Karin Ljung: She has blond hair, a blue blouse with flower pattern and is looking into the camera; on the right side, leaves from a plant are seen, the background is blurred

Last Saturday, Karin Ljung was presented the Roséns Linnaeus Prize in Botany from the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund. She is awarded for her research efforts investigating root development and root-to-shoot communication in plants. Karin Ljung is sharing the prize with Jon Ågren from Uppsala University.

Karin Ljung’s research primarily focuses on plant growth and development. She investigates how plant hormones, which are small substances regulating plant growth, control the formation of roots and coordinate the communication between plant tissues above and below ground. Together with her group, she has developed analytical methods to measure plant hormones in various tissues and cells, and recently even in different compartments within a cell.

“I feel very honoured receiving this prize, says Karin Ljung. “Research is a group effort, and I especially would like to thank my group members for their contribution and Umeå Plant Science Centre for providing an excellent research environment.”

After establishing her group at Umeå Plant Science Centre in 2005, Karin Ljung became a professor at SLU in 2015. She has published more than 160 papers, many of which have been highly cited. Since 2014, she has consistently appeared on the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers. Earlier recognitions for her contributions to plant research include the OlChemIm Award, the SPPS Prize given by the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society, and earlier this year, the Arvid Lindman medal from SLU.

The Roséns Linnaeus Prizes in Botany and Zoology have been presented every third year since 1935. The recipients are Swedish researchers deemed highly deserving by the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund. This year’s prizes were handed over at the society’s annual meeting in Lund on December 2nd, 2024.


For questions, please contact:

Karin Ljung
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Phone: +46 72 563 8698