Marine phytoplankton ecology and applications (MPEA)

Our research team works within the complex and fascinating world of phytoplankton, and studies the role of bio- and chemical interactions among marine microbes in shaping plankton food webs.

The research group is a part of Linnaeus University Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems.

We recognize the great potential for phytoplankton products to yield renewable energy resources, and the impacts that may have for economic and ecological sustainability. We work not only with academia, but with the community and industry towards shaping a cleaner, safer world.

Our research falls into the following areas

  • Phytoplankton ecology and allelopathy
  • Microbial food web dynamics
  • Impact of cyanobacteria on coastal fishes
  • Use of marine resources
  • Advanced level programs and employability impacts

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Our research, outreach and education - an illustrated look

Algoland - Degerhamn (Cementa)
Our Algoland project "Cleaning the air," has studied how microalgae can be grown using the carbon dioxide from flue gas at a cement production plant on Öland, Sweden. Elin Lindehoff
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Our partner research group, Algoland, has worked on their project "Cleaning the water" since 2016. In this project, we examine the ability of microalgae to take up excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from leachate water at the Moskogen landfill. Raceway ponds are used to grow algae in the nutrient-rich water, and gas is bubbled into the ponds from the energy plant Kalmar Energi, to help the algae grow. Lina Mattsson
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Sampling in the Baltic Sea
Team Pico researchers Hanna Farnelid and Javi Alegria explore picocyanobacteria in the Baltic coastal waters. Learn more about their project here:
Christien Laber
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Microscope image of microalgae, Lina Mattsson
At MPEA, we study the ecology of marine microalgae and explore how it can be used to solve real world climate-change problems. Our partner research group, Algoland, operates a diversity of projects that study these questions. Lina Mattsson
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Ongoing projects


Research in action

Biology and Environmental Science Department Day - June 2016

Kalmar Algae Collection (KAC)

Welcome to Kalmar Algae Collection (KAC) The research group for Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications (MPEA) at Linnaeus University in Kalmar maintains a collection of phytoplankton isolated mostly from the Baltic Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak.

The cultures are available for purchase to a cost of 1200 SEK (140 €) for non-profit organizations and 1600 SEK (180 €) for profit organizations, shipping costs are NOT included. When ordered the culture will be sent as low cell concentration dilutes in two 10 ml tubes, to ensure the cells arrive in good condition. The tubes are packed with ice and shipped express with TNT or FedEX, to shorten transport time. If the culture is found dead at arrival a new culture will be sent, solely to the cost of shipping.

For more information contact: Fredrik Svensson

phone: +46 (0)480-447344


Bottles with phytoplankton



Our research, outreach and education - an illustrated look