Karolina Ininbergs

Karolina Ininbergs


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för molekylär biovetenskap Wenner-Grens institut
Telefon 08-16 41 36
Besöksadress Svante Arrheniusväg 20 C
Rum F 550
Postadress Institutionen för molekylär biovetenskap Wenner-Grens institut 106 91 Stockholm


My research covers different aspects of environmental microbiology. I have a special interest in cyanobacteria, a divers and ancient group of microbes of great ecological and evolutionary significance. Unlike most other bacteria many cyanobacteria are multicellular organisms with complex morphologies. As oxygenating phototrophs and ancestors of chloroplasts they have had fundamental impact on both the formation of atmospheric oxygen and the evolution of higher plants. Some cyanobacteria also fix nitrogen, either as free-living or in symbioses with other organisms. In addition to studying cyanobacteria in symbioses my research has mainly focused on marine cyanobacteria, which are very abundant in oceans world-wide and responsible for a significant part of global primary production. Cyanobacteria in aquatic environments can also from blooms, which sometimes are toxic to humans and other animals, posing a major threat to ecosystem health. Our current research is largely focused on dynamics and factors related to cyanobacterial blooms in the Baltic Sea. Our aim is to identify previously overlooked processes, organisms, and interactions of importance for the bloom development and demise, using a large-scale sequencing approach.

Selected publications:

Ininbergs, K., et al. (2015) Microbial metagenomics in the Baltic Sea: Recent advancements and prospects for environmental monitoring. AMBIO 44, 439-450

Díez, B. and Ininbergs, K. (2014) Ecological importance of cyanobacteria. In Cyanobacteria: An Economic Perspective by Sharma, N.K., Rai A.K. and Stal, L.J. (Eds), pp. 41-63, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Larsson, J., et al. (2014) Picocyanobacteria containing a novel pigment gene cluster dominate the brackish water Baltic Sea. ISME J

Dupont, C.L., et al. (2014) Functional Tradeoffs Underpin Salinity-Driven Divergence in Microbial Community Composition. Plos One 9



Senast uppdaterad: 28 mars 2018

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