Biologist received the king’s research grant
Mikael Ekvall was the only researcher from Lund University as the king awarded 14 researchers from eight Swedish universities. The research grants come from H.M Carl XVI Gustaf’s Foundation for support of science, technology and environment, a foundation that was a gift to the king on his 50th birthday.
Mikael Ekvall and his colleagues investigate how tiny plastic particles affect the environment and eco system in lakes. They have already showed that nanoparticles are transported in aquatic food chains, something that can affect the behaviour and metabolism of fish.
Until now the research has been performd in laboratories. Mikael Ekvall will now continue his work in other environments.
”That’s how I will use the money. I will study the effect that nanoplastics have on fish in environments that resemble the wild. I will do it by reducing the concentration of nano particles that the fish are exposed to and then study them in larger, more wildlike environments”, he says.
The purpose of the king’s foundation is to support research, technical development and entrepreneurship that contribute to a sustainable use of natural resources and to maintain biodiversity.
Here is a short presentation in Swedish to all 14 researchers who were awarded by the king.