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Apples

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.

Pieter DeFrenne

Tiny woodlands are more important than previously thought

Small woodlands in farmland have more benefits for humans per area, compared to large forests, according to a new study. The small woodlands, sometimes even smaller than a football field, can easily go unnoticed in agricultural landscapes. Yet, these small forest remnants can store more carbon in the topsoil layer, are more suitable for hunting activities and host fewer ticks than large forests.

VR FORMAS

Six DEEP researchers got VR and FORMAS this autumn

The year is coming to its end and therefore we would like to high light all the researchers at DEEP that got VR and FORMAS grants this autumn. We at DEEP are really happy for this great achievement!

Benjamin Jones

Mosquito nets: Are they catching more fishes than insects?

Mosquito nets designed to prevent malaria transmission are used for fishing which may devastate tropical coastal ecosystems, according to a new scientific study. The researchers found that most of the fish caught using mosquito nets were smaller than a finger and potentially collect hundreds of individuals.

Perfoliate pondweed

Freshwater survivor - the Perfoliate pondweed

The perfoliate pondweed (Potamogeton perfoliatus) is a freshwater plant, relatively common in the brackish Baltic Sea. One can find it along the whole Swedish east coast. It is growing and flowering during the summer. Many of its shoots die off in the winter. However, it has a clever survival strategy, that often benefits more than one organism.

Jack. Photo: Kyle Wagaman, CC

Pumpkin analytics – the depths of the squash family

Pumpkins can be UFO-like, pear-shaped with the texture of spaghetti, oil and even cheese.

Sarahi Garcia

Welcome to DEEP Sarahi Garcia, new assistant professor

A new assistant professor and SciLife Lab fellow has started at DEEP, Sarahi Garcia. Sarahi will work with microbial communities and interactions.

Eken

Help your class to explore the oak: hidden connections in a changing world

An oak is a living thing. But look closely, and you’ll see that it is also home to a whole community of smaller living things. Researchers from SLU and Stockholms University have worked together with a nature educator to create a short animated film and a booklet with exercises. We hope that you can use this material to take children on the journey of this amazing world within a world.

Gråsäl Foto: Olle Karlsson

Skinny cod and grey seal reveals troubling changes to food web in the Baltic Sea

A new study links the deteriorating health of gray seals and cod with changes in their food, bottom-living animals.

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.

Mia Olvång 1

The International Day for Biological Diversity: Plants, People and the Planet

The theme for this year’s Biodiversity Day is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. At DEEP, we are happy to contribute to sustaining biological diversity, aligning various aspects of our research to biodiversity and the planet.

women

#BalanceforBetter: Valuing the contributions to Women in our department

The theme for this year’s International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter. As a department we're immensely proud of how we have strived to build a more gender-balanced and diverse environment.

Jan Kansanen

Increasing seal population will not harm largest fish stocks in the Balt

Seals feeding on fish does not decrease fish stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat the most – climate change, nutrient load and fisheries do, shows a new study from Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP).

light trapping

Out in the woods catching moths at night

Álvaro is on a mission to find out the impact of global warming on oak leaf feeders, and its natural enemies (small wasps) close to Stockholm university.

Professor and PhD

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.

Aelys Humphreys

Don’t walk on the grass - do some science on it

In Iceland you need to be careful where you put your foot in the grass - the ground can get very hot! How grasses tolerate different temperatures fascinates Aelys Humphreys.

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Welcome to DEEP Insights Department blog

We are now creating a blog to reach out to as many people as possible. If you want to know more about the department's latest research and what the life as a researcher looks like – follow our blog “DEEP Insights”.

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