Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF) is a research centre at Umeå University, organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology and situated in Norrbyn, 40 kilometres south of Umeå. UMF supports marine research and education, and performs environmental analysis on commission of swedish environmental monitoring. We also provide information about research and environmental status, with a particular focus on the Gulf of Bothnia.
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Erik Björn, researcher at the department of Chemistry at Umeå University, has together with his research group performed several conspicuous studies on methylmercury in aquatic environments, and how climate change will affect the amounts of this toxin in the ecosystem. However, an important but still open question is how the mercury is taken up by the bacteria that transform inorganic mercury into the extremely toxic methylmercury. The researchers have now gotten the opportunity to work with answering the question.
Erik Björn, researcher at the department of Chemistry at Umeå University, has together with his research group performed several conspicuous studies on methylmercury in aquatic environments, and how climate change will affect the amounts of this toxin in the ecosystem. However, an important but stil...
Persistent organic pollutants, POPs, can be harmful to living organisms even in low concentrations. They are stable and persistent, and can be found far away from their sources. Until recently the systematic monitoring of these substances has been done mainly in air. Focus is now gradually moving to...
The twelve mesocosms at Umeå Marine Sciences Centre are running at full speed. During five weeks experiments are performed by a research team led by Erik Björn and Agneta Andersson, Umeå University. They are hoping to find out how humic substances influence the accumulation of methyl mercury in the ...
This week, Russell Arnott from the University of Bath, is visiting Umeå Marine Sciences Centre. In his research, he is using UMF's mesocosms to determine to what degree the size and shape of a particular phytoplankton species dictates how it interacts with different levels of turbulence.
Peter Mathisen at Umeå University has found links between the aquatic environment and the spreading of diseases such as tularaemia. The results indicate that aquatic environments act as “gyms” for bacteria, where the presence of predators train their defence against being killed and eaten up. The re...