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Tong Liu

Tong Liu
My research focused on investigating biogas production performance regarding with the microbial community composition, especially when operating with lignocellulose-rich materials. The study includes explicitly monitoring and control of anaerobic reactors (batch and lab-scale semi-continuous stirring reactor), evaluating substrate degradation efficiency, illumina sequencing for the overall microbial community analysis and T-RFLP profile constructing for the potential lignocellulose degraders. My current research attempted to establish the correlation between the Metaproteomics and the Metagenomics profile of the overall microbial communities in an anaerobic reactor.


2014-BI1031-Grundkurs i mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)

2015-BI0856-Module in Microbiology (Lab teacher)

2016-BI1031-Mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)

2017-BI1248-Mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)


Anaerobic digestion

Molecular microbiology



Selected publications

Liu, T., Sun, L., Nordberg, Å. and Schnürer, A. (2018). Substrate-induced response in biogas process performance and microbial community relates back to inoculum source. Microorganisms 6, 80-99.
Ahlberg-Eliasson, K., Liu. T., Nadeau, E. and Schnürer, A. (2018). Forage types and origin of manure in codigestion affect methane yield and microbial community structure. Grass and Forage Science 73, 740-757.
Šafarič, L., Yekta, S.S., Liu, T., Svensson, B.H., Schnürer, A., Bastviken D. and Björn, A. (2018). Dynamics of a perturbed microbial community during thermophilic anaerobic digestion of chemically defined soluble organic compounds. Microorganisms 6, 105-118.
Liu, T., Sun, L., Müller, B. and Schnürer, A. (2017). Importance of inoculum source and initial community structure for biogas production from agricultural substrates. Bioresource Technology 245, 768-777.
Liu, T., Sun, L., Müller, B. and Schnürer, A. (2016). The microbial community structure in industrial biogas plants influences the degradation rate of straw and cellulose in batch tests. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 1-20.


More about my biogas group in the Department of Molecular Science, SLU is here:




Postdoctor at the Department of Molecular Sciences; Mikrobiell bioteknologi
Telephone: +46762325862
Postal address:
Institutionen för molekylära vetenskaper
Box 7015
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Almas Allé 5, BioCentrum, Ultuna, Uppsala