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Swedish Biodiversity Program


The Biodiversity program is part of the SciLifeLab National Sequencing Projects, and supports researchers to study various aspects of life, health and our environment. The projects span a wide range of organisms examining the biodiversity of viruses, bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes and combinations thereof.

There are currently 37 projects ongoing within the biodiversity program from various universities. The projects have been evaluated by an external panel of experts and then selected by the national board of SciLifeLab.


Projects awarded 2017

  • PI: Johan Bengtsson-Palme, GU, The Genetic Diversity Underpinning Invasion Success in Bacterial Communities
  • PI:  Oskar Karlsson Lindsjö, SLU, A dive into the microbial diversity of coral reefs
  • PI: Katerina Guschanski, UU, Learning from the past: dental calculus provides temporal perspective on microbiome, diet, and health of extant and extinct mammals
  • PI: Matthew Webster, UU, Genomic analysis of adaptation to climate change in two bumblebee species
  • PI: Per Stenberg, UmU, Swedish biodiversity in time and space
  • PI: Anna Székely, UU, Inland water virus scope – enlarging our knowledge of the diversity of the tiny and understudied regulators of aquatic ecosystems
  • PI: Laura Parducci, UU, Shotgun sequencing pollen from lake sediments to investigate past plant biodiversity
  • PI: Thijs Ettema, UU, Unraveling the archaeal origin of complex cells by genomics-driven exploration of microbial dark matter
  • PI: Sari Peura, SLU, Getting a grip on the microbiota controlling greenhouse gas emissions from freshwaters
  • PI: Nathaniel Street, UmU, Diversity impacts on the belowground metacommunity associated with contrasting nitrogen fertilization sources


Projects awarded 2015

  • PI: Alexandre Antonelli, GU, Testing traditional plant knowledge with phylogenomics
  • PI: Erik Axelsson, UU, Characterising adaptations associated with a shift from a protein to a carbohydrate based diet during dog domestication to offer a new perspective on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism
  • PI: Anna Godhe, GU, Evolutionary adaptation to warming in natural phytoplankton populations
  • PI: Sophie Karrenberg, UU, Reproductive isolation and genomic divergence in Silene
  • PI: Clément Lafon-Placette, SLU, Identifying the genetic determinants of the postzygotic reproductive barrier between Capsella rubella and C. Grandflora
  • PI: Pontus Skoglund, SU, Tracking the evolutionary trajectories of wolves and dogs using ancient genomes
  • PI: Tanja Slotte, SU, Effects of linked selection on plant genomic variation
  • PI: Alexander Suh, UU, Uncovering the biodiversity of viruses hidden within songbird genomes
  • PI: Lionel Guy, UU, Inside the amoebal Trojan horse: environmental factors shaping the diversity and virulence of Legionella and other intra- amoebal bacteria
  • PI: Stefan Jansson, UmU, Resequencing of the UMASP collection
  • PI: Erik Pelve, UU, Single cell genomic characterization of salinity adaptation in marine archaea
  • PI: Anders Tunlid, LU,Comparative genomics and transcriptomics of litter decomposing fungi
  • PI: Jochen Wolf, UU, Evolve & sequence: The genomics of speciation with gene flow by means of experimental evolution
  • PI: Dominic Wright, LiU, The genomics of feralisation: Unravelling genes for sexual selection in the wild 


Projects awarded 2014

  • PI: Leif Andersson, UU, Two genomes in one go – simultaneous genome assemblies of the two subspecies of European rabbit by long read sequencing in a F1 hybrid
  • PI: Niclas Backström, UU, Rapid karyotype evolution and cryptic speciation underlying butterfly biodiversity
  • PI: Anders Blomberg, GU, Evolution of osmoregulatory biodiversity of barnacles explored in the unique North Sea-Baltic Sea salinity gradient
  • PI: Roger Butlin, GU, Genomic analysis of local adaptation and speciation using the marine model Littorina saxatilis
  • PI: Johanna Cannon, SU, New methods for ancient worms: applying low-input protocols for single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing to Acoelomorpha
  • PI: Thijs Ettema, UU, Life, but not as we know it: Exploring microbial dark matter in the deep hot biosphere using single cell and metagenomic approaches
  • PI: Laura Grenville-Briggs Didymus, SLU, Comparative genomics to assess biodiversity and pathogenicity in the Oomycetes
  • PI: Martin Lascoux, UU, How predictable is genetic evolution at the species and population levels? On the effects of polyploidy and history
  • PI: Francisco Nascimento, SU, Uncovering and understanding metazoan diversity in Baltic Sea sediments
  • PI: Anna Rosling, UU, Arbuscular mycorrhiza in Swedish grasslands: a single nuclei approach to resolve the genomic organization and adaptation in this fungal group
  • PI: Tanja Slotte, SU, Causes and consequences of dominance at a locus under long-term balancing selection
  • PI: Matthew Webster, UU, The genetic basis of adaptation to climate in the honeybee, Apis mellifera
  • PI: Christopher Wheat, SU, Studying Biodiversity using Butterflies

For more information about the Swedish Biodiversity Program, contact Ellenor Devine, Project coordinator: