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Malin Hultberg

Malin Hultberg


I have had many different career plans but eventually I became a biologist, mainly because of my interest in environmental issues, and came to SLU in 1995 as a Ph. D. student. After the dissertation I taught at different levels in different organizations, had a post doc period, was editor for a scientific journal and wrote popular science. In 2006 I returned to SLU and since then I have worked with research, teaching and extension.



I am responsible for the microbiology teaching which focus on interactions between plants and microorganisms. I also take part in several other courses as lecturer on plant pathogenic bacteria, on food microbiology and on water treatment. Every year I supervise and examine several theses and participate in Ph. D. education both as a tutor and in examinations.



My expertise is in the use of microorganisms such as microalgae and fungi from a production perspective. Together with plant physiologists I also work with issues related to plant production and currently we focus on how we can use organic nutrient sources in production systems for plants and mushrooms. The emphasis is on resource-efficient and sustainable production systems. I am also interested in bioremediation processes and how nutrients can captured while producing interesting metabolites such as fatty acids and proteins.

Selected publications

Hultberg M, Ahrens L, Golovko O (2020) Use of lignocellulosic substrate colonized by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) for removal of organic micropollutants from water. Journal of Environmental Management 272: 111087

Hultberg M, Bodin H, Golovko O (2020) The use of mycoremediation for wastewater treatment. Water reuse for a sustainable world. Final Conference REWATER. June 29-30. Book of Abstract pp 17-18

Chen F, Xiong S, Sundelin J, Martin C and Hultberg M (2020) Potential for combined production of food and biofuel: cultivation of Pleurotus pulmonarius on soft- and hardwood sawdusts. Journal of Cleaner Production 266: 122011

Thompson HO, Hagström G, Hultberg M (2020) Utveckling av nya växtbaserande livsmedel – effekt av mjölksyrafermentering. LTV-fakultetens faktablad 5

Thompson HO, Önning G, Holmgren K, Strandler HS, Hultberg M (2020) Fermentation of cauliflower and white beans with Lactobacillus plantarum – impact on levels of riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, and amino acid composition". Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 75(2), 236-242. DOI: 10.1007/s11130-020-00806-2

Silva A, Figueiredo S, Freitas O, Hultberg M, Delerue-Matos C (2020) Preliminary evaluation of Pleurotus ostreatus for the removal of fluoxetine from a synthetic wastewater. 5th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 10-13 May, Dresden, Germany 

Lind O, Hultberg M, Bergstrand KJ, Larsson Jönsson H, Caspersen S, Asp H (2020) Biogas digestate in vegetable hydroponic production: pH dynamics and pH management by controlled nitrification. Waste and Biomass Valorization, in press DOI: 10.1007/s12649-020-00965-y

Asp H, Bergstrand KJ, Hultberg M (2020) Biogödsel som näringskälla vid hydroponisk odling- nitrifiering och pH. LTV-Fakultetens Faktablad 1. (report in Swedish)

Hultberg M, Bodin H (2019) Evaluation of Fungal White-Rot Strains for Assisting in Algal Harvest in Wastewater. In book: Frontiers in Water-Energy-Nexus—Nature-Based Solutions, Advanced Technologies and Best Practices for Environmental Sustainability, eds Naddeo V, Balakrishnan M, KH Choo. Proceeding 2nd Water EnergyNEXUS Conference, Nov 2018, Salerno, Italy, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-13068-8_36

Hultberg M, Nordström Nilsson K, Jonsson E, Persson C (2019) Odling av ostronskivling på restprodukter. LTV-Fakultetens     Faktablad 11. (report in Swedish)

Hultberg M, Bodin H, Birgersson G (2019) Impact on wastewater quality of biopellets composed of Chlorella vulgaris and Aspergillus niger and lipid content in the harvested biomass. Journal of Water Resources and Protection 11: 831-841

Hultberg M, Bodin H (2019) Fungi-based treatment of real brewery waste streams and its effects on water quality. Bioprocess and biosystems engineering 42:1317–1324. DOI: 10.1007/s00449-019-02130-9

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