Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications – a New Year’s Update

-Caroline Littlefield 

Welcome back MPEA members! It’s 2019 and despite the January chill in the air, we are revving our research engines here at Hus Vita. A couple of highlighted updates for the group:

The Incredible Edible Algoland Egg!

Our hens at Voxtorp Farm in Ljungbyholm have been happily feeding on some of our sustainable fodder – first they enjoyed dried and crushed meat from blue mussels, then crushed blue mussel shells (“meal”), and finally dried algae. With a basement full of eggs produced by these hens, we will go forward in the coming weeks with a taste-testing experiment to see just how appealing our “algae eggs” are to the average consumer. These eggs are the final piece of a large sustainability loop in the Algoland life cycle – they are the useful bio-products developed after using algae and blue mussels to clean the air and water. Keep an eye out for taste-test results from our Algoland breakfasts, led by Elin and Catherine!

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In FOCUS: Marine Biotechnology and Coastal Tourism – two MOOCs for 2019!

focus_logoThe INTERREG South Baltic Focus Project, spearheaded by a multi-national committee hailing from Lithuania, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden, has been developing two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) since 2017. With Catherine  and Elisabeth leading the Swedish team, the project uses research and development to determine the needs for Marine Biotechnology and Coastal Tourism in the Baltic Sea region and defines human resources skills specific to Blue Growth. The courses will be available online to all – more details to come!

Future Research Leader FORMAS Grant Awarded to Elin

Elin Lindehoff, one of our very own leaders in the MPEA group has been recognized by FORMAS (the Swedish Research Council) as a “Future Research Leader” (framtidens forskingsledare). In November, Elin was awarded a grant for the Algoland project, “Mixotrophic production of microalgae to recover nutrients and carbon dioxide from industrial waste streams.” Congratulations to Elin to your continuing and future work on Algoland and beyond!


Our Trident Underwater Drone Has Arrived

National Geographic, in alignment with OpenROV has sent our group a brand-new Trident Underwater Drone for exploration of the Baltic Sea. Keep on the lookout for updates to our Open Explorer Expedition to read more about how we’re using the drone for our research. Interested in learning more or have an idea for using the Trident? Send an email to Caroline at!

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Have an update for the group? Write to Caroline at and let us know!


Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications is a research group based at Linnaeus University Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Kalmar, Sweden. Its lead PI is Dr. Catherine Legrand, marine ecologist and pro-rector of Linnaeus University. MPEA is also a part of EcoChange and EEMiS.

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