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Mikrochip blir forskarnas fönster till underjorden 


A reportage about studying micro organisms with help of microships in the natural environments in the soil, normally very difficult to study without destoying the structure of the ecosystem. Edith Hammer, Kristin Aleklett and Håkan Wallander are working at the Department of Biology and using this novel technique for studying microbiology.

About 20 minutes, listen here.



Minilabyrint avslöjar svampars navigation

Kristin Aleklett and Edith Hammer, Department of Biology are studying the microlife beyond our feet with microchip tools. Reportage in swedish published at Vetenskapsradion by Swedish Radio. Listen here , about 2 minutes.

Ett steg mot växternas Jurassic Park (Swedish)

SVT July 2017

New methods of studying preserved chemical compounds have made it possible to find out about relationships of plants that exited 200 million years ago.


Foraminifera - climate storytellers (in Swedish)

Havsutsikt 1, 2017

Microfossils in the ocean waters and sediments can tell us a lot about past climate variations and sub water environments. By studying content in microfossils of isotopes of certain elements such as oxygen and calcium, researchers can get a picture of water temperatures and salinity hundreds of years ago. Helena Filipsson is working with foraminifera in the waters of the Swedish coastline.


Lund geologist searches for the world’s oldest ice

Lund University, Nov 2016
Researchers drilling  more than 3 km into Antarica ice hoping to find the oldest ice in the world. Hopefully, the information in the ice about the climate more than a million years ago, will help understanding today´s climate systems and the climate change.

Nutida miljöförändringar i Östersjön, havsutsikt 2, 2016

Sediment cores from the Baltic Sea is an archive of environment and activities down the history. Traces of human activities found at Gåsfjärden shows people lived here already at Bronze age. The microfossils are read by researchers, who can tell oss the story of mining, farming, expansion of open cultured land and back to more vegetation.

Växter hjälper till i koldioxidkrisen (in Swedish)

Article published at SVT Nyheter, Nov 2016.

One international research team have found that the vegetation is fertilised by the increased carbon dioxide levels. By that the vegetation globally is more lush, somewhat slowing down the CO2 increase.

Swedish Researchers Find Submerged Mesolithic Settlement

Article in Sci News, Nov 2016

A Mesolithic site found at Haväng is exceptionally well-preserved. The research team have found many interesting artefacts, for example  9,000-year-old fish traps. Many early human settlements are currently below sea level, as they preferred coastal sites. To find them and analysing the artefacts preseved is an important key to understanding the way people dispersed and how the human developments occurred.

Svarta hotet (In swedish)

Forskning och Framsteg, Nov 2015

Permafrost thawing after thousands of years trapped in frozen grounds will release big amounts of greenhouse gases.The amount of carbon kept in the permafrost all over the northern hemisphere is vast, and researchers are working on calculations on how much.

lush vegetation

Planeten har blivit allt lummigare (in Swedish)

SR Vetenskapsradion, Nov 2015

Traces of enormous solar storms in the ice of Greenland and Antarctica

Geology at, Nov 2015

Solar storms are a threat to our society as we are very dependent on electricity, which is very sensitive to this kind of natural forces. This research shows that some solar storms historically have been worse that others.


Greenland ice reveals extreme solar storms (In swedish)

SVT Nyheter, Oct 2015

Solar storms can be more powerful than earlier believed. In an international study it was found that about 800- 1000 years ago there were two solar storms during a short period of time, as isotopes revealing this were found in tree rings and ice cores.
"If such a powerful solar storm would happen today it would have devastating consequesnces to our society" says Raimund Muscheler, researcher at Lund University and participating in the study.

Photo:  Jonatan Jacobson, Naturvetarna
Photo: Jonatan Jacobson, Naturvetarna

Looking for woods on the sea floor (in Swedish)

In the research project "Landscapes lost", Anton Hansson and his colleagues is investigating the remainings of the ancient forests that stood here when the sea level was much lower. There are also archeological findings, and makes the area unique.

Youtube: Climate research at the island Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic


Youtube: Interview with Håkan Wallander (Credit Living Soil Forum 2013 )

Can the forest solve the climate crisis? (in Swedish)

Forskarbladet June 2014

Opinion article by  Anders Lindroth.



Magnification of about 420 million years old spores, frequent in the silurian geological layers in southern Scania.
Magnification of about 420 million years old spores, frequent in the silurian geological layers in southern Scania.

Traces from missing era (in Swedish)

Forskarbladet January 2014

Kristina Mehlqvist is a geologist and studies the earliest plants that established on the part of land that now is Sweden. She has found traces from the time period called Devon, an era that has earlier been considered missing in the swedish archive. She even found a new species, could give it a scientific name.



Photo: (c) Adam Bahr

New insights in soil processes (In Swedish)

January 2014

The northern boreal forsests is one of the worlds largest carbon stocks above sea level. Adam Bahr, biologist, studies the role of fungi in the carbon and nitrogen cycling in the soil.
"In one single gram of organic matter in a boreal forest, you can find hundreds of meters of ectomycorrhizal hyphae, which helps the fungi to increase the contact area to the soil substantially"

LUCCI - Lund University Centre for studies of Carbon Cycle and Climate Interactions

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Lund University

Sölvegatan 12

S-223 62 Lund, Sweden