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Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

The large lecture hall has new name: Carl Kempe salen

The researchers at Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and KBC surprised one of their honorary guests during the symposium "50 years of Plant Science in Umeå": The large auditorium Stora hörsalen at KBC got a new name.

UPSC celebrates 50 years of Plant Science in Umeå

The Department of Plant Physiology started its work at Umeå University in 1967. It is now part of the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), a world leading plant research institute. UPSC celebrates the 50 years anniversary with a three-day lasting symposium about the past, the present and the future of ...

Nasim Sabouri is awarded the 2017 Fernström Prize

2017-07-10 (from 2017-06-29)
A prize committee at Umeå University’s Faculty of Medicine recently awarded the 2017 Erik K. Fernström Prize to Nasim Sabouri, Group Leader at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.

SciLifeLab and WCMM network for Fellows

SciLifeLab (Science for Life Laboratory), a national center for biomolecular sciences, and the Wallenberg Centers for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) in Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund and Umeå have formed a collaborative network to bring together the future leaders of life science and molecular medicine in S...

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

Åsa Strand, Stefan Björklund and Martin Rosvall, all researchers at Umeå University, have been awarded 35 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research for a five-year research program on systems biology. The interdisciplinary project aims to map how plants react to abiotic stresse...

Infection challenges attract top-end scientists to Umeå

2017-06-15 (from 2017-06-14)
On Monday 19 June, world-leading infection researchers visit Umeå to discuss altered spreading patterns of infectious diseases, and antibiotic resistance. The symposium is the second in a series of jubilee symposia celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Spotting the invisible

Chemists at Umeå University have succeeded in mapping structures and functions of a transient enzyme state. By modifying the enzyme adenylate kinase, researchers were able to isolate the molecule and study it using the quantitative techniques X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR...

Mathematical and Theoretical Ecology in Umeå

Theoretical and mathematical ecology is an interdisciplinary field, where scientists cooperate across borders to further our understanding of ecology an evolution by building conceptual and mathematical models. In this workshop, researchers from the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statist...

Chemistry world: Fish on valium

What are the consequences of unintentionally medicating wildlife against anxiety and depression? Imagine what happens when, as has been extensively shown, that Prozac type of psychiatric medicine makes it into the wild. For Jonatan Klaminder, an ecologist at Umeå University in Sweden, it’s straightf...

Pathogenic bacteria train their defence in lakes and oceans

Peter Mathisen at Umeå University has found links between the aquatic environment and the spreading of diseases such as tularaemia. The results indicate that aquatic environments act as “gyms” for bacteria, where the presence of predators train their defence against being killed and eaten up. The re...

You and I can help climate researchers in Abisko

A new citizen science project in Abisko aims to teach the public how we do climate change science while collecting valuable data. CIRC researcher Keith Larson will receive nearly SEK 500,000 for an outreach project centred on the establishment of a research trail. This Formas grant is the second of ...

Upcoming deadlines for funding calls at SciLifeLab

SciLifeLab now welcomes applications for National Projects (Swedish Genomes Program 2017 and Swedish Biodiversity Program 2017) and for Bioinformatics Long-term support.

New study emphasizes the relative scarcity of lake water

What is the volume of water in lakes on Earth? Using a mathematical analysis, researcher David Seekell, at Umeå University, and his American collaborators now suggest that the mean depth of lakes is 30 per cent lower than previously estimated. Shallower lakes implies less fresh water and has consequ...

PH-sensitive binding mechanism key to virulence of H. pylori

2017-03-17 (from 2017-03-08)
To thrive and establish chronic infection in the very acidic stomach, the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori uses a specific protein to attach to the protective pH-neutral mucous lining. New research shows how the BabA adhesin protein has a pH-responsive mechanism allowing H. pylori to rapidly det...

Workshop on Mass spectrometry based Protein/Proteomic analysis in Umeå

Welcome to the workshop on Mass spectrometry based Protein/Proteomic analysis in Umeå! The KBC Proteomics Core Facility invites to discuss about protein analysis and mass spectrometry.

Renens betydelse i ett föränderligt klimat

The importance of the reindeer in an ever changing climate - Researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science present their research during Sami Week.

Frozen chemistry controls bacterial infections

Chemists and molecular biologists have made an unexpected discovery in infection biology. The researchers can now show that two proteins that bind to one another slow down a chemical reaction central to the course of the disease in the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. The results have been publ...

Winners and losers: climate change will shift vegetation

Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by a third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season. These results have been presented in Nature Communications by an international col...

Åforsk Foundation praises popular professor

Plant scientist and Professor Stefan Jansson was awarded the 2017 Knowledge Prize, Kunskapspriset, together with SEK 100,000 by the ÅForsk Foundation. He is being praised for his prominent contributions as a committed and untiring public educator who fights well and hard for knowledge.

New study identifies critical factors for mercury methylation in lakes

In a collaborative effort, researchers at Uppsala and Umeå University now show that the formation of methylmercury in sediment is controlled by the molecular composition of the organic matter. The study has been published in Nature Communications.

Northern lakes respond differently to nitrogen deposition

Nitrogen deposition caused by human activities can lead to an increased phytoplankton production in boreal lakes. The response of boreal lakes to nitrogen deposition will strongly depend on each lake’s content of organic carbon, which are predicted to increase with future warmer and wetter climate. ...

Welcome to the first joint international Symposium of the Swedish cryo-EM Facility at SciLifeLab and Umeå University

Major technical advances has enabled cryo-EM to become a mainstream technique in visualization of macromolecules, which provides the most definitive way to describe their mechanisms of action. The first international cryo-EM symposium in Sweden will take place in Stockholm and Umeå, and present the...

More river water decreases the coastal sea production

When the discharge of river water into the sea increases, for example as an effect of climate change, the ratio between phytoplankton and bacteria production will change. Phytoplankton growth is disfavoured by both the organic carbon in the river water and the changes in depth of the upper layer of ...

BBC reports on climate research in Umeå

The BBC has interviewed researcher Erik Björn owing to his internationally recognized new study that shows that climate change could lead to up to seven times more toxic mercury in fish.

Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

Global warming is expected to increase runoff and input of organic matter to aquatic ecosystems in large regions of the Northern hemisphere including the Baltic Sea. Research performed in Sweden is now indicating a sevenfold increase in poisonous methylmercury in zooplankton as a consequence. This i...

Temperature change affects temperate mountain ecosystems globally

The warmer climate that is expected over the next 80 years could lead to major disruptions in ecosystems of high mountain landscapes, for example by altered balance between nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil.

37 countries are represented at Molecular Biology

Anders Wynne, reporter at the local newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren visited recently the Department of Molecular Biology and talked to some PhD students and postdocs. 37 countries are represented in this international laboratory where English is the language for internal communication.

Three first Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows in place at the Faculty of Medicine

WCMM at Umeå University commences 2017 with three Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows in place - Francesca Aguilo, Lars-Anders Carlson and Daniel Öhlund. Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine is a long-term investment in tenure track positions for young researchers in molecular medicine and tra...

US ambassador visits CIRC and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat in Abisko

Swedish and United States partnerships in science and the polar regions have a long history. This week the United States Ambassador Azita Raji and her team Michael J. Layne and Kristy Plan visited the Abisko Scientific Research Station to experience the Arctic in winter in Sweden first-hand.

Climate is no ubiquitous explanation of fluctuations in reindeer numbers

Exploitation of natural resources, such as forestry or gas and oil extraction, and management practices may have faster and greater impacts on reindeer populations than does climate change, a study finds. However, climate change should not be forgotten or underestimated, since reindeer are adapted t...

9th Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting at Chemical Biological Centre, Umeå University

The Umeå Renewable Energy meeting 2017 is dedicated to presentations and discussions about artificial photosynthesis and solar fuel production from algae.

Umeå University will continue to financially support the Chemical Biological Centre

The University Board decided to fund the Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) for three more years. The funding to KBC will increase from two to three million SEK per year during 2017 till 2019. The centre has demonstrated in two previous evaluations that it is operating very successfully. The Board val...

Warmer climate threatening to northern birds

Will northern birds such as the Siberian jay and the red-flanked bluetail be gone in 50 years? There is a huge risk since a deteriorating climate for breeding is imminent. Another six species are also under threat and will require particular conservation actions in order to survive, according to Ano...

Happy salmon swim better

What makes young salmon decide to leave their rivers and head out to Sea has been a hot topic for decades now. Current research from Umeå University shows that the young salmon’s desire to migrate can partly be limited by anxiety. The complete study can be found in the journal Nature Communications.

Welcome to the 3rd Lunch Pitch at IceLab!

The new IceLab lunch meeting continues. To promote meetings between researchers from different places or disciplines, Icelab organises interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision to let ideas meet and mate. Welcome to the last interdisciplinary lunch pitch of this year at Icelab! Inspire and ...

Science and SciLifeLab Prize to environmental scientist David Seekell

One of the university's promising researchers, David Seekell, has won a prestigious award: the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Besides being awarded a trophy and SEK 90 000, he gets the opportunity to publish a scientific paper in Science, and also attend a discussion panel at the...

Tenure track research positions at WCMM are now open for application

Up to four tenure track research positions as Assistant Professor (Associate Senior Lecturer) at WCMM Umeå University are now open for application. In this announcement, the Centre is looking for outstanding researchers – Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows - to be positioned within one or more of...

Bioorganic chemist Erik Chorell appointed Gunnar Öquist Fellow

Chemist Erik Chorell at Umeå University has been appointed Gunnar Öquist Fellow by the Kempe Foundations. The award comes with a SEK 3 million research grant and a personal award of SEK 50,000. The internationally renowned researcher Gunnar Öquist, professor emeritus, will also become his mentor.


Mystery of how plants produce oxygen soon solved

With the help of experimental studies on molecular level, researchers are acquiring increased knowledge on how plants form oxygen from water molecules. An international research team has now found a way to visualise this reaction in high-resolution images of photosystem II. The results are being pub...

Lunch Pitch at IceLab on 29 November 12:00

To promote meetings between researchers from different places or disciplines, Icelab organises interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision to let ideas meet and mate.

Welcome to Lunch Pitches at IceLab

Creative research ideas are often formed during informal meetings such as lunch breaks at conferences. To promote these important meetings between researchers from different places or disciplines, Icelab launches interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision to let ideas meet and mate.

How do climate changes affect northern lake ecosystems?

Lakes in the Arctic and the northern boreal areas are sensitive to climate change. A group led by Professor Jan Karlsson at Umeå University will investigate how global warming with increased water temperatures and inflow from land will impact fish stock and the exchange of greenhouse gases in northe...

New Building Names at KBC

The whole Chemical Biological Centre (Kemiskt Biologiskt Centrum) has been renamed. The different buildings, formerly known as Fysiologihuset and Kemihuset will be now combined into the KBC-building. The different parts of the new KBC building will be distinguished by different letters (from A to K)...

UCMR Mini-symposium "Structural dynamics of biological membranes", 27th October 2016, KBC

Welcome to the UCMR Mini-symposium "Structural dynamics of biological membranes" 27th October 14:00-16:00, Lilla hörsalen, KBC-building

Grants Office information - autumn 2016

During the autumn, Grants Office will offer five information meetings for researchers and administrative staff who want to know more about international research funding systems and to find new ways of financing research.

Call for UCMR Linnaeus Program Gender Policy Support Grants

The UCMR Linnaeus program actively attempts to reinforce and increase the role of women in science. The objective of this policy is to achieve a gender equal distribution within each of the principal investigator categories, i.e. for research professors/teachers with tenure and junior research group...

Bioinformatics Longterm Support Call: deadline for the next round of applications to be reviewed by the national evaluation committee is FRIDAY OCTOBER 28th, 2016 (24:00).

One of the national services offered by SciLifeLab is Bioinformatics Long-term support (a.k.a. WABI) in next generation sequencing and related omics. We offer a senior bioinformatician to work in your project for up to 500 hours. The support is fully subsidized and free of charge, but extensive hand...

It takes patience to restore watercourses

A common way to restore Swedish streams previously used for timber-floating has been to return rocks. A group of researchers at Umeå University has studied the effects of improved methods that also add large boulders and trees. Creating complex channels and watercourses is easy, but reintroducing pl...

Umevatoriet 10 years – come celebrate!

On Tuesday 11 October at 18:00–22:00, Umevatoriet celebrates 10 years with art, music and fun space activities. The planetarium and observatory are well-known among Umeå dwellers – the number of visitors has increased since the start and does not only attract schools but also interested citizens and...

Three research projects share SEK 94 million

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has granted over SEK 94 million to three research projects in medicine and natural sciences at Umeå University. The projects are led by researchers Maria Fällman, Jan Karlsson and Markus Schmid. Also, several Umeå researchers are co-applicants to a large join...

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