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Press invitation: Announcements of the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and the Prize in Economic Sciences 2019

27 August, 2019 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

Applications are now open for press accreditation to the announcements at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Every year, the Academy awards the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The press conferences at which the laureates will be announced are held at […]

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A new force for optical tweezers awakens

18 June, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

When studying biological cells using optical tweezers, one main issue is the damage caused to the cell by the tool. Giovanni Volpe, University of Gothenburg, has discovered a new type of force that will greatly reduce the amount of light used by optical tweezers – and improve the study of all kinds of cells and particles.

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Threatened beetles benefit from forest thinning

27 May, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Wood-living beetles that use oak trees are a species-rich and threatened animal group in modern forestry and agriculture in southern Sweden. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that management with conservation thinning can be an effective way to promote these beetles in the long term.

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Hotade skalbaggar gynnas av skogsgallring

7 May, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Vedlevande skalbaggar som utnyttjar ekar är en artrik och hotad djurgrupp i det moderna sydsvenska skogs- och jordbrukslandskapet. Ny forskning från Göteborgs universitet visar att skötsel med naturvårdsgallring kan vara ett effektivt sätt att långsiktigt gynna dessa skalbaggar.

När traditionellt skogsbruk övergick i modernt under 1900-talet, blev många av de syd- och mellansvenska skogarna tätare och mörkare än de tidigare varit. För många arter i solbelysta och öppna skogar, och som har eken som sitt livsutrymme, har det inneburit en ökad risk för utdöende.

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New research project on the impact of extreme weather on biodiversity and pollinating insects

13 March, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Markus Franzén, doctor in ecology at the department of biology and environmental science at Linnaeus University, has been granted SEK 3 million by Formas for his research project Cascading effects of drought on farming/grazing and farmland biodiversity. The drought in Sweden during the summer of 2018 led to acute food shortage for livestock and became […]

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1.1 million Swedish Kronor to research project on environmental pollution in the Baltic Sea and coastal farmland

5 February, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Marcelo Ketzer, professor of environmental science, and Mats Åström, professor of environmental geology, have been granted SEK 760,000 and SEK 375,000 respectively by SGU, Geological Survey of Sweden, for a new research project and a continuation project at Linnaeus University. “It feels great to receive this contribution that makes it possible for us to start […]

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Avian influenza in Bangladesh: the role of migratory birds in the transmission of disease

28 January, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Avian influenza is a devastating disease in poultry, caused highly-pathogenic avian influenza viruses. The virus infects both wild and domestic birds and an important epidemiological question is to which extent wild waterfowl contribute to long-distance dispersal of disease. Jonas Waldenström and Mariëlle van Toor at Linnaeus University have now been granted SEK 3.5 million to […]

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Genetic ‘Toolkit’ Helps Periwinkles Gain Advantage on the Seashore

8 August, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

Periwinkles, struggling to survive the seashore battleground, have developed a genetic ‘toolkit’ to help them adapt to different environments, a new study shows. This toolkit has enabled the snail to develop different characteristics according to whether it lives mainly on parts of the sea shore where crabs are a constant threat, or in rocky places […]

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Scientists Identify Most Pressing Research Issues Posed by Chemicals in the Environment

8 August, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

An international study, involving scientists from the University of Gothenburg, has identified the 22 most important research questions that need to be answered to fill the most pressing knowledge gaps over the next decade. “The study provides an overview of the major issues at hand. This includes the chemicals we should be most concerned about, […]