Press releases


Unknown currents in Southern Ocean have been observed with help of seals

26 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Using state-of-the-art ocean robots and scientific sensors attached to seals, researchers in Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have for the first time observed small and energetic ocean currents in the Southern Ocean. The currents are critical at controlling the amount of heat and carbon moving between the ocean and the atmosphere – information vital for understanding our global climate and how it may change in the future.

Love rivals risk having offspring with a greater number of harmful mutations

16 March, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Males that face tougher competition for females risk having offspring with a greater number of harmful mutations in their genome than males without rivals. Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered this correlation in the beetle species Callosobruchus maculatus. Their study is published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Bacteria genes help researchers keep track of human environmental impact in oceans

12 February, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

The gene expression of marine bacteria can be a valuable sensor for discovering environmental changes caused by humans. Furthermore, bacteria help to clean our oceans and hopefully they could be used to purify drinking water from harmful environmental toxins in the future. This is shown in a new dissertation in marine microbial ecology by Christofer […]

Sjöberg Prize awarded for decisive discoveries about cell growth

4 February, 2020 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2020 of one million US dollars to Michael Hall and David Sabatini. The two researchers have radically changed ideas about cell growth, an important factor in the development of cancer. In doing so, they laid the foundation for new forms of cancer treatment. When cells […]

Crafoord Laureates discovered the solar wind and solved mathematical problems

30 January, 2020 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

The man who discovered the solar wind, Eugene Parker, and one of mathematics’ great problem-solvers, Enrico Bombieri, will receive this year’s Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, respectively. The Crafoord Prize is worth six million Swedish krona and is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Crafoord Foundation in Lund. […]

A new method for dating ancient earthquakes and rock fracturing

17 January, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

Constraining the history of earthquakes produced by bedrock fracturing is important for predicting seismic activity and plate tectonic evolution. In a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers presents a new microscale technique to determine the age of crystals grown during repeated activation of natural rock fractures over a […]

Long-term partnership to promote forestry and the forest industry

9 December, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Södra and IKEA of Sweden are now partnering with Linnaeus University in a unique long-term and strategic investment in research and education to promote forestry and the forest industry. “We operate in a region, and a country, in which forests and forest products play a major role in people’s daily lives, as well as the […]

Kelp farming on the west coast – environmentally friendly aquaculture

28 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

There is a growing interest of the cultivation of macro algae. A new dissertation studies the best conditions for sustainable cultivation of the brown algae sugar kelp.

The negative environmental effects of kelp cultivation is very limited, especially compared to other kinds of aquaculture, according to studies from experiments in a two-hectare test farm in Kosterhavet at the Swedish west coast. The results are presented in a new dissertation by Wouter Visch, who has studied the brown algae sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima.

The tone of voice varies when cells communicate

28 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

How cells communicate is the focus of a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg.
“By studying mammalian cells, as well as fruit fly nerve cells, we’ve improved our understanding of how cells communicate,” says thesis author Anna Larsson.

In order to survive, the cells in our body need to be able to communicate with each other. One way for them to “talk to each other” is to send a chemical signal from one cell to another by secreting molecules. The recipient cell interprets the message and can adapt depending on the meaning of the signal.