• Endemic brown algae bladderwrack - how are they faring? 2018-06-19 The brown algae bladderwracks have gone from marine conditions into the brackish, lower salinity, environments in the Baltic Sea and have been forced to adapt to it. Watch Ellen talking about her research on these organisms in Baltic Sea
  • World’s biggest fisheries supported by seagrass meadows 2018-07-24 Scientific research, led by Dr Richard Unsworth at Swansea University has provided the first quantitative global evidence of the significant role that seagrass meadows play in supporting world fisheries productivity.
  • No one wants to snorkel in sea weed except for Maria Eggertsen 2018-05-22 The ocean and has always fascinated Maria Eggertsen since we know so little about it - although it’s such a large part of planet. This is why she now is a marine biologist doing research on sea weed – and the latest field trip was to Ningaloo, a long barrier reef in Australia. Watch the video and read the article here.
  • Migratory birds, insects and plants adapt differently to climate change 2018-04-24 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.
  • Moss capable of removing arsenic from drinking water discovered 2018-06-05 A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered by researchers from Stockholm University. And it happens quickly – in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low that the water is no longer harmful for people to drink.
  • Citizen science: Which bird wants to eat which berries? 2018-04-13 Some trees are rewarding birds for their service of seed dispersal by providing fruits. Last August, PhD student Matilda Arnell and colleagues, released an app where everyone can report an observation: which bird species prefers which tree berries. General public reports will give a better picture of the whole berry season in Sweden during autumn.
  • Rocket science: Exploring algal blooms from space 2018-04-06 The satellite Sentinel-3 will soon be launched into Space by the European Space Agency (ESA) to collect data about algal blooms and water quality. Susanne Kratzer is DEEP’s lead scientists improving the satellite’s methods.
  • Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia 2018-04-16 To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects. It can also threaten biodiversity and the survival of unique alpine plants.
  • Symposium on N2 fixation 2018-03-07 All colleagues and students interested in the topic of aquatic biological nitrogen fixation are cordially invited to take part in the Symposium of Aquatic N2 Fixation on 19th August 2018.
  • MSc Thesis Projects within the Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) 2018-03-07 IPSN is an international, collaborative research project on seagrass biodiversity, small-scale fisheries & food security.
  • Professors with a drive to explore and problem solve 2017-12-22 Meet three women in science and find out how they succeeded to obtain the ultimate title in science: professor.
  • All insects in Sweden will be mapped with the latest DNA technique 2017-11-06 The Swedish Museum of Natural History starts a new research project to map Sweden's insects and the microscopic animals that live on them. Ayco Tack, researcher at DEEP, will participate in the study, together with researchers from SLU and KTH.
  • Vetenskap & Trädgård – the first episode 2016-04-20 In the new film series Vetenskap & Trädgård, you can learn more about horticulture and plant biology. In these short films, you can follow the scientists at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences talking about current research, helping you understand how plants work.
  • Detection of the neurotoxin BMAA in Swedish individuals 2016-04-05 BMAA can be produced by cyanobacteria and was earlier detected in fish and several other organisms in the Baltic Sea. The toxin is now also found in the central nervous system in three out of 25 examined individuals in Sweden.
  • BMAA production by West Greenland phytoplankton community 2016-01-26 Master’s thesis project in Plant Physiology
  • Lignin formation in plant vascular system 2017-09-20 Master's thesis project in Molecular Plant Physiology.
  • Plant vascular conduit formation 2015-11-12 Master's thesis project in Molecular Plant Phsyiology.
  • Fucus radicans – the Baltic Sea's newest species 2015-09-28 The brown macroalga Fucus radicans probably only exists in the Baltic Sea. This species, previously believed to be a dwarf form of the bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus, was described only ten years ago but is nevertheless extremely important to the Baltic Sea ecosystem. A new PhD thesis from Stockholm University presents new knowledge about this macroalga which also has the capacity to reproduce clonally, which is very unusual among species in the wrack family.
  • EMB/DEEP moves to new premises 2015-06-12 The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (EMB/DEEP) was formed after merger of the Department of Botany and Department of Systems Ecology. Now the department’s new premises are completed and moving in starts June 15 and will continue through the summmer 2015. The premises are adjacent to the Arrhenius laboratory and are called NPQ.
  • Global experiment shows that high biodiversity gives healthy seagrass beds 2015-05-21 Loss of algal-feeding invertebrates have surprisingly large effects on health of valuable seagrass meadows. These are the new results from a set of coordinated experiments that have taken place over the Northern hemisphere, in which the researchers Johan Eklöf and Serena Donadi, both at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, have participated.
  • PhD students awarded at international seagrass conference 2014-12-18 Two PhD students from the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, received student oral presentation awards at the 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, which was held in Sanya, China, in November.
  • Cyanobacterial summer blooms progressively earlier in the Baltic Sea 2014-07-08 The cyanobacterial summer bloom in the Baltic is now almost three weeks earlier than 35 years ago, according to a study published in Biogeosciences. The blooms had been predicted to become earlier in the future, as a result of climate change, but now it appears that the future is already here.
  • Plantago lanceolata Many connections are not always bad for health 2014-06-24 Ayco Tack is one of the authors of a paper recently published in the Science journal. The paper describes an extensive study of over 4000 plant populations infected by a pathogenic fungus. The unexpected result contradicts what is predicted from classical ecological theory.
  • Interactions with mutualists and antagonists drive adaptive differentiation in a perennial herb 2013-11-08 New publication in PNAS.
  • MSc degree project in Costa Rica 2017-09-20
  • We have become a new department: The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences 2017-03-27 Since January 1, 2013, we are a new department after merger of the Department of Botany and Department of Systems Ecology. Our new name is the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (Institutionen för ekologi, miljö och botanik).
  • Baltic Sea Weed Blog 2013-02-25 Are you interested in reading about exciting sea weed research at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences? Now the English version of the sea weed blog (Tångbloggen) is available.


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