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Landscape perspective important for climate adaptation of forest biodiversity conservation

People working with conservation of biodiversity in managed forest landscapes need to complement their toolbox with tools specifically designed for climate adaptation. In a new paper in Conservation Biology, we (Kristoffer Hylander, Caroline Greiser, Ditte Christiansen and Irena Koelemeijer) present a list of tools for biodiversity conservation in managed forest under a changing climate.

C. grandiflora

A promising approach to characterize selection on functional noncoding regions

Nearly neutral mutations seem to be overall quite important in plant genomes, shows a new study by DEEP researcher Tanja Slotte and colleagues. The study used a new sequencing method that specifically identifies accessible chromatin regions likely to harbour regulatory regions.

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Microbiome Enables New Strategies for Healthy and Climate-Resilient Crops

A new study shows that apple trees inherit their microbiome to the same extent as their genes. The results lay the foundation for new breeding strategies for healthy and climate-robust fruit and vegetables. DEEP researcher Ayco Tack and former DEEP researcher Ahmed Abdelfattah now at TU Graz, were co-authors of the study.

RV Svea

Intensive and successful Research week on SLU's ship R/V Svea

How does the stratification of water masses look like, how does ship traffic affect natural hydrography and how does trawling affect benthic organisms and the turnover of nutrients? October 24-30 was the Research week on R/V Svea. Three teams from six universities have come together on board during a content-rich expedition that has been going on around the clock, and where the ship's state-of-the-art equipment has been used to the maximum.


Earth orbit variations effect on climates and biomes during one major climate transition

By comparing the results of simulations of the climate of the Eocene and Oligocene epochs, describing different configurations of the Earth's orbit, a study published in the journal Science Advances, shows the role of these orbital variations in the ancient climate variability and their influence on the vegetation cover. Scientists from IPGP, CEREGE, CNRS, University of Paris and their colleagues identify major environmental changes in tropical areas and along certain dispersal corridors, which may have had an implication in the migration of fauna at the time. Bolin Centre/DEEP researcher Natasha Barbolini is co-author in the study.


We have a new doctor at DEEP, congratulations Dr. Per Hedberg!

Per Hedberg defended his thesis titled "Responses of benthic-pelagic coupling to environmental change" the 29th of October. Discover more about his findings here.

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More bacteria associated to cyanobacteria than diatoms

Cyanobacteria are likely to increase with global warming and excessive nutrients in the aquatic environments, and a new study by researchers at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) shows that more bacteria are associated to them as well.


European forest microclimates mapped at high resolution

A new paper, published in Global Change Biology and co-authored by researchers from the Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, provides novel high-resolution Europe-wide maps for monthly sub-canopy temperatures. These maps are very valuable for ecological modelling and research on climate change impacts on biodiversity. The study utilized a newly established global microclimate database (SoilTemp), for which new contributions are always welcome.


Rescue operation: Endangered eelgrass

Listen to this radio segment in Swedish about carbon storage in seagrass beds featuring DEEP researcher Mats Björk.


P1 Naturmorgon visited Askö

DEEP researchers Lena Kautsky, Agnes Karlsson, Nils Kautsky hosted the Askö visit of the popular P1 radio show Naturmorgon.

Ålgräs viktigt för miljön.

Losses of eelgrass beds give rise to large emissions of carbon and nutrients

Losses of important eelgrass meadows in western Sweden since the 1980s have led to considerable bottom erosion and the release of carbon and nitrogen; substances that contribute to increasing climate change and eutrophication.

Center: A large rotifer of the genus Asplanchna, surounded by three cladocerans, Bosmina. Top: A cop

Zooplankton can feed on cyanobacterial blooms

Cyanobacterial blooms were until now assumed to be unpalatable for zooplankton and to sink to the sea floor. However, a new study unravels that small, rarely studied zooplankton, rotifers and ciliates, fill an important role in the Baltic Sea by grazing cyanobacteria blooms, moving carbon from phytoplankton to fish.

lake Alinen Mustajarvi, the waterproof notebook where we took the temperature and oxygen profile not

More diverse green sulfur bacteria in the world than previously thought

A new study based on DNA sequences shows the diversity and abundance of Chlorobia, a type of green sulfur bacteria, in several lakes and ponds around the world in Europe and North America.


PAH-levels affect the abundance of the crustacean Monoporeia affinis

Environmental contaminants have a greater impact on the Baltic Sea's bottom community than previously known. According to a new study, consideration must be given to hazardous substances when using sediment-dwelling animals to assess how affected marine areas are by eutrophication and oxygen deficiency.


Extreme drought threatens forest biodiversity

How does extreme drought affect our forests? What can we change in today's forestry to protect the important key biotopes? Follow plant ecologist Kristoffer Hylander in a research experiment to understand how extreme weather affects the forest's biological diversity.

Blue carbon

Critical carbon-trapping coastal ecosystems fall mainly outside of protected areas

Critical carbon-trapping coastal ecosystems fall mainly outside of protected areas in Mozambique and Tanzania, finds IUCN report.

Eva Björkman

Innovation scholarship for DEEP researcher Eva Björkman

The Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is awarded to five promising innovations. One of these is made by Eva Björkman at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University.

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Small mussels in the Baltic are getting even smaller

Blue mussels in the Baltic Sea are getting smaller with time but bigger in numbers, according to a new study analyzing data since the 90's.


A spatial regime shift to stickleback dominance

Large numbers of three-spined stickleback have gradually taken over larger parts of the Baltic Sea’s coastal ecosystem, shows a new scientific study. Stickleback is a small prey fish common in aquatic food webs across temperate Europe. The stickleback contributes to local ecosystem ‘regime shifts’, where young-of-the-year pike and perch decline in individual bays, and these shifts gradually spread like a wave from the outer archipelago into the mainland coast.

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Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities, questions and answers, and news related to the coronavirus.


Important information about studies at BIG during autumn 2020

You can find information about studies this autumn at the Department of Biology Education home page.

2.	Madagascar’s grasses. Eighteen species have been missing since at least 2011 and may have become extinct without anyone realising. Credit: Maria Vorontsova

Unrecorded plant extinction in poor countries is driven by inequality

Here we summarized five key points of the paper 'Inequality in plant diversity knowledge and unrecorded plant extinctions: An example from the grasses of Madagascar'.


New study could help predict plant species responses to climate change

A new global study which could help to predict plant species losses and responses to climate change and warming has been published.

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How tough are grasses: The cost of surviving cold and frost

Jan-Niklas Nuppenau, PhD student at DEEP, is studying grasses growing on soils heated by volcanic activity in Iceland, to find out if they can deal with heat and cold likewise. Or are the costs of maintaining cold tolerance so high, that the ability is lost quickly when no longer needed?


Better pollination produces firmer apples that better withstand storage

Good pollination of apple flowers can extend the time apples can be stored without rotting. Apple harvests are also bigger, producing firmer and tastier apples.

Tecophilaea cyanocrocus_Richard Wilford

Almost 600 plants have already gone extinct

Almost 600 plants have been wiped out from the planet in the last 250 year shows a new study. This is twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians combined.

Försök att etablera skugg-träd över en kaffeplantering för att få ett svalare mikroklimat.

Forests protect animals and plants against warming

The impacts of climate warming are buffered inside forests due to the thermal insulation of forest canopies.

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The gene helping submerged plants

Climate change threatens plants as the risks of flooding increase. A new study from Stockholm University shows that special genes are key to keeping plants from withering, remaining healthy and resistant to a lack of oxygen when they are underwater for a period of long time.

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A south Atlantic secret - expedition to Ilha da Trindade

Linda Eggertsen is probably the first swede on the Brazilian island Ilha da Trindade, where she examines the fish and the benthic community.

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Use your power to treat your colleagues well!

Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) organized a workshop aiming to prevent the misuse of power. Now they hope that other departments at SU will follow in their footsteps.

Fibbla och bastardvärmare.

Migratory birds, insects and plants adapt differently to climate change

A warmer climate has caused plants flowering and migratory birds arriving earlier in the year than before. Now a global study also shows that changes in the life cycles between plants and animals that depend on each other is also moving faster.

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