Microbial Ecology

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords



The research group Microbial ecology works with identification of the microorganisms that carry out carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) turnover in soils, particularly forest soils. They characterize some of these processes at molecular levels and identify how they are regulated under different environmental scenarios. A major focus is on symbiotic interactions between fungi and roots of plants.


The microbial world represents the largest reservoir of biodiversity that also is fundamental to sustaining key ecosystem processes, including the terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles and the maintenance of plant fertility, across the breadth of the Earth’s ecosystems. In order to understand the role of microbial communities in ecosystem processes and to solve the major problems associated with human impact on the environment, a comprehensive and fundamental knowledge of microbial ecology is essential. The focus of the Microbial Ecology Group is to understand the ecology, diversity and functions of microorganisms in natural and engineered ecosystems, and the research is organized in five major research themes: • Microbial control of biogeochemistry in soil • Plant-microbial interactions • Simulating soil structure • Molecular science of biogeochemical processes • Decomposition mechanisms of fungi at the molecular level

Recent research outputs

Lei Liu, Marc Estiarte, Per Bengtson, Jian Li, Dolores Asensio, Häkan Wallander & Josep Peñuelas, 2022 Jan, In: Geoderma. 405, 115425.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caroline Björnerås, Per Persson, Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer, Dan Hammarlund & Emma S. Kritzberg, 2021 Dec 5, In: Chemical Geology. 584, 120529.

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