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Tong Liu

Tong Liu
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. My research is currently focused on methanogenesis and microbiology in wetlands ecosystems. I also have following research background: 1) Methanogenesis in terms of the microbial community composition and determining environmental factors, primarily when operating with lignocellulose-rich materials. 2) Methanogenesis mechanism in rice paddies 3) Anaerobic microbial drying and oxygen stress tolerance mechanism.


2022-BI1337-Biology of microorganisms (Teaching Lecturers)

2020-10020734-Anaerobic Digestion Innovation (Teaching Lecturers)

2017-BI1248-Mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)

2014-BI1031-Grundkurs i mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)

2015-BI0856-Module in Microbiology (Lab teacher)

2016-BI1031-Mikrobiologi (Lab teacher)


Wetland microbiome

Anaerobic digestion

Molecular microbiology




Projects cooperate with

Prof. Mats Öquist and Prof. Mats Nilsson from the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU, Umeå, and Prof. Stefan Bertilsson from the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment at SLU, Uppsala.

Prof. Anna Schnürer, Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala, and Chuanxin Sun, Department of Plant Biology, SLU, Uppsala, 

Prof. Alex Enrich Prast, Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), LiU, Linköping).

Selected publications

1    Liu, T. et al. Absence of oxygen effect on microbial structure and methane production during drying and rewetting events. Scientific Reports 12, 16570, doi:10.1038/s41598-022-20448-5 (2022).

2    Liu, T., Goux, X., Calusinska, M. & Westerholm, M. in Assessing the Microbiological Health of Ecosystems     127-157 (2022).

3    Ablieieva, I. Y., Pliatsuk, L. D., Liu, T., Berezhna, I. O. & Yanchenko, I. O. Decontamination of oil-polluted soils: Power of electronic bioinformatic databases. Journal of Engineering Sciences 9, 9-16, doi:10.21272/jes.2022.9(2).h2 (2022).

4    Shakeri Yekta, S. et al. Influence of cysteine, serine, sulfate, and sulfide on anaerobic conversion of unsaturated long-chain fatty acid, oleate, to methane. Science of The Total Environment 817, 152967, doi: (2022).

5    Shakeri Yekta, S. et al. Effluent solids recirculation to municipal sludge digesters enhances long-chain fatty acids degradation capacity. Biotechnology for Biofuels 14, 56, doi:10.1186/s13068-021-01913-1 (2021).

6    Westerholm, M., Liu, T. & Schnürer, A. Comparative study of industrial-scale high-solid biogas production from food waste: Process operation and microbiology. Bioresource Technol 304, 122981, doi: (2020).

7    Liu, T., Schnürer, A., Björkmalm, J., Willquist, K. & Kreuger, E. Diversity and Abundance of Microbial Communities in UASB Reactors during Methane Production from Hydrolyzed Wheat Straw and Lucerne. Microorganisms 8, 1394 (2020).

8    Shakeri Yekta, S. et al. Sulfide level in municipal sludge digesters affects microbial community response to long-chain fatty acid loads. Biotechnology for Biofuels 12, doi:10.1186/s13068-019-1598-1 (2019).

9    Liu, T. Biogas production from lignocellulosic agricultural residues, (2019).

10    Šafarič, L. et al. Dynamics of a Perturbed Microbial Community during Thermophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Chemically Defined Soluble Organic Compounds. Microorganisms 6, 105 (2018).

11    Liu, T., Sun, L., Nordberg, Å. & Schnürer, A. Substrate-Induced Response in Biogas Process Performance and Microbial Community Relates Back to Inoculum Source. Microorganisms 6, 80 (2018).

12    Ahlberg‐Eliasson, K., Liu, T., Nadeau, E. & Schnürer, A. Forage types and origin of manure in codigestion affect methane yield and microbial community structure. Grass and Forage Science 0, doi:doi:10.1111/gfs.12358 (2018).

13    Liu, T., Sun, L. & Schnürer, B. M. A. Importance of inoculum source and initial community structure for biogas production from agricultural substrates. Bioresource Technol, doi: (2017).

14    Sun, L., Liu, T., Müller, B. & Schnürer, A. 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, doi:10.1186/s13068-016-0543-9 (2016).

15    Wang, S. et al. Preparation and evaluation of an enzymatic microreactor based on HILIC matrix for digestion and identification of proteins. Chinese Science Bulletin 55, 910-914, doi:10.1007/s11434-010-0060-3 (2010).



Postdoctor at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff
Telephone: +46762325862
Postal address:
Skogens ekologi och skötsel
901 83 Umeå
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Uppsala