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Bertilsson Lab Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications


  1. Szabó, K.É., Makk, J., Kiss, K.T., Eiler, A., Ács, É, Tóth, B., Kiss, Á.K., and S. Bertilsson. 2008. Sequential colonization of river periphyton analysed by microscopy and molecular fingerprinting. Freshwater Biology. Accepted.
  2. Widenfalk, A., Bertilsson, S, Sundh, I, Goedkoop, W. 2008. Effects of pesticides on community composition and activity of sediment microbes –responses at various levels of microbial community organization. Env. Pollution. In Press.


  1. Bertilsson, S., Eiler, A., Nordqvist, A., and N.O.G. Jørgensen. 2007. Links between bacterial production, amino acid utilization and community composition in productive lakes. ISME Journal. 1:532-544.
  2. Eiler, A., and S. Bertilsson. 2007. Flavobacteria blooms in four productive lakes: Linking population dynamics of freshwater bacterioplankton to resource availability. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:3511-3518.
  3. Eiler, A., Gonzalez-Rey, C., Allen, S., and S. Bertilsson. 2007. Growth response of Vibrio cholerae and other Vibrio spp. to cyanobacterial dissolved organic matter and temperature in brackish water. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 60:411-418
  4. Szabo, K.E., Itor, P.O.B., Bertilsson, S., Tranvik, L., and A. Eiler. 2007. Importance of rare and abundant populations for the structure and the functional potential of freshwater bacterial communities. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. Feature article. 47:1-10.
  5. Lindström, E., Eiler, A., Langenheder, S., Bertilsson, S. , Drakare, S., Ragnarsson, H., and L.Tranvik. 2007. Does Ecosystem size determine aquatic bacterial richness? Comment. Ecology. 88:252-253.
  6. Polymenakou, P., Tselepides, A., Stephanou., E., and S. Bertilsson. 2007. Organic Matter Preservation and microbial community accumulations in deep-hypersaline anoxic basins. Geomicrobiology Journal 24:19-29.


  1. Enwall, K., Nyberg, K., Bertilsson, S., Cederlund, H., Stenström, J., and S. Hallin. 2006. Long-term impact of fertilization on activity and composition of bacterial communities and metabolic guilds in agricultural soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 39:106-115.
  2. Polymenakou, P., Tselepides, A., Stephanou., E., and S. Bertilsson. 2006. Carbon speciation and composition of natural microbial communities in polluted and pristine sediments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 52:1396-1405.
  3. Eiler, A., Johansson, M., and S. Bertilsson. 2006. Environmental influences on Vibrio populations in northern temperate and boreal coastal waters (Baltic and Skagerrak Sea). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72:6004-6011.
  4. Jarvius, J., Melin, J., Göransson, J., Stenberg, J., Fredriksson, S., Gonzalez-Rey, C., Bertilsson, S., and M. Nilsson. 2006. Digital quantification using amplified single molecule detection. Nature Methods. 3:725-727.
  5. Eiler, A., and S. Bertilsson. 2006. Detection and quantification of Vibrio populations using denaturant gradient gel electrophoresis. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 67:339-348.
  6. Johansson, M., Eiler, A., and S. Bertilsson. 2006. Distribution of the dinoflagellate parasite Parvilucifera infectans Norén et Moestrup (Perkinsozoa) along the Swedish coast. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 43:289-302.
  7. Hunt, D.E., Klepac-Ceraj, V., Acinas, S.G., Gautier, C., Bertilsson, S., and M.F. Polz. 2006. Evaluation of 23S rRNA PCR primers for use in phylogenetic studies of bacterial diversity. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72: 2221-2225.
  8. Eiler, A., Olsson, J.A., and S. Bertilsson. 2006. Diurnal variations in the auto- and heterotrophic activity of cyanobacterial phycospheres (Gloeotrichia echinulata) and the identity of attached bacteria. Freshwater Biology. 51:298-311.


  1. Bertilsson, S., Berglund, O., Pullin, M.J., and S.W. Chisholm. 2005. Release of dissolved organic matter by Prochlorococcus. Vie et Milieu, 55:225-231.
  2. Goedkoop, W., Widenfalk, A., Haglund, A.-L., Steger, K., & S. Bertilsson. 2005. Microbial characterization of artificial sediment and comparison with natural sediments –Implications for toxicity testing. Environmental. Toxicology and Chemistry, 24:2725-2733.
  3. Polymenakou, P.N., Bertilsson, S., Tselepides, A., and E.G. Stephanou. 2005. Bacterial community composition in sediments from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: a comparison of four 16S rDNA clone libraries. Microbial Ecology, 50:447-462.
  4. Polymenakou, P.N., Bertilsson, S., Tselepides, A., and E.G. Stephanou. 2005. Links between geographic location, environmental factors and microbial community composition in sediments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Microbial Ecology 49:367-378.


  1. Eiler, A., and S. Bertilsson. 2004. Composition of freshwater bacterial communities associated with cyanobacterial blooms. Environmental Microbiology 6:1228-1243.
  2. Bertilsson, S, Granéli, W, and Carlsson, P. 2004. Influence of solar radiation on the availability of dissolved organic matter to bacteria in the Southern Ocean. Deep Sea Research II, 51:2557-2568.
  3. Turner, D.R., Bertilsson, S., Fransson, A. and Pakhomov, E. 2004. The Swedarp 97/98 marine expedition: overview. Deep Sea Research II. 51:2543-2556.
  4. Özturk, M., Croot, P., Bertilsson, S., Abrahamsson, K., Karlson, David, B.R., Fransson, A., and E. Sakshaug. 2004. Iron enrichment and photoreduction of iron under PAR and UV in the presence of hydrocarboxylic acid: implications for phytoplankton growth in the Southern Ocean. Deep Sea Research II, 51:2841-2856.
  5. Abrahamsson, K. Bertilsson, S., Chierici, M., David, R., Fransson, A, Froneman, P.W., Lorén, A, and E.A. Pakhomov. 2004. Variations of biochemical parameters along a transect in the Southern Ocean, with special emphasis on the carbon cycle and volatile halogenated organic compounds. Deep Sea Research II, 51:2745-2756.
  6. Granéli, W., Carlsson, P., and Bertilsson, S. 2004. Bacterial abundance, production, and organic carbon limitation in the Southern Ocean (39-62 °S, 4-14 °E) during the Austral summer 1997/1998. Deep Sea Research II, 51:2569-2582.
  7. Pullin, M.J., Bertilsson, S., Goldstone, J.V., and B.M. Voelker. 2004. Photo-induced changes in dissolved organic matter bioavailability: formation of low molecular weight organic acids and other substrates by sunlight and hydroxyl radical. Limnology and Oceanography. 49(6):2011-2022.
  8. Graneli, W., Bertilsson, S., and A. Philibert. 2004. Phosphorus limitation of bacterial growth in high Arctic lakes and ponds. Aquatic Sciences. 66:430-439.


  1. Bertilsson, S., Berglund, O., Karl, D.M., and S.W. Chisholm. 2003. Elemental composition of marine Prochlorococcus and Syncehococcus: Implications for the ecological stoichiometry of the sea. Limnology and Oceanography. 48(5):1721-1731.
  2. Eiler, A., Langenheder, S., Bertilsson, S., and Tranvik, L.J. 2003. Heterotrophic bacterial growth efficiency and community structure at natural organic carbon concentrations. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69(7):3701-3709.
  3. Polz, M.F., Bertilsson, S., Gonzalez-Acinas, S., and D. Hunt. 2003. A(r)Ray of Hope in Analysis of Function and Diversity of Microbial Communties. Biological Bulletin. 204:196-199.
  4. Bertilsson, S., Hanson, L-A, Granéli, W., and Philibert, A., 2003. Size-selective herbivory on pelagic microorganisms in arctic freshwaters. Journal of Plankton Research, 25(6):621-631.


  1. Bertilsson, S., Cavanaugh, C.M., and Polz, M.F. 2002. A sequencing-independent method to generate oligonucleotide probes targeting a variable region in bacterial 16S rRNA by PCR with detachable primers. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68(12):6077-6086.
  2. Bertilsson, S., and Widenfalk, A., 2002. Photochemical degradation of PAHs in freshwaters and their impact on bacterial growth –influence of water chemistry. Hydrobiologia, 469:23-32.
  3. Goldstone, J.V., Pullin, M.J., Bertilsson, S., and Voelker, B.M., 2002, Reactions of hydroxyl radical with humic substances: Bleaching, mineralization and production of bioavailable carbon substrates. Environmental Science and Technology, 36(3); 364-372.


  1. Tranvik, L., and Bertilsson, S., 2001. Contrasting effects of solar UV radiation on dissolved organic sources for bacterial growth. Ecology Letters. 4:458-463.
  2. Farjalla, V.F., Anesio, A.M, Bertilsson, S., and Granéli, W., 2001. Photochemical reactivity of aquatic macrophyte leachates: abiotic transformations and bacterial response. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 24:187-195.
  3. Bertilsson, S. and Tranvik, L., 2000. Photochemical transformation of Dissolved Organic Matter in Lakes, Limnology and Oceanography, 45(4):753-762.
  4. Lindell, M., Granéli, W., and Bertilsson S., 2000, Seasonal photochemical reactivity of dissolved organic matter from lakes with contrasting humic content. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 57:1-12.
  5. Bertilsson, S., Stepanauskas, R., Cuadros-Hanson, R., Granéli, W., Wikner, J., and Tranvik, L. 1999. Photochemically induced changes in bioavailable carbon and nitrogen pools in a boreal watershed. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 19:47-56.
  6. Bertilsson, S. and Bergh, S. 1999. Photochemical reactivity of XAD-4 and XAD-8 adsorbable dissolved organic carbon from humic surface waters. Chemosphere, 13:2289-2300.
  7. Bertilsson, S., and Tranvik, L., 1998. Photochemcially produced carboxylic acids as substrates for freshwater bacterioplankton. Limnology and Oceanography. 43(5):885-895.
  8. Bertilsson S., and Allard, B., 1996. Sequential photochemical and microbial degradation of refractory dissolved organic matter in freshwater systems, Arch. Hydrobiol./Advances in Limnology, 48:133-141.
  9. Dahlén, J., Bertilsson S., and Pettersson, C., 1996. Effects of UV-A irradiation on dissolved organic matter in humic surface waters. Environment International 22(5):501-506.
  10. Boshker, H. T. S., Bertilsson, S. A., Dekkers, E.M.J., and Cappenberg, T.E., 1995, An inhibitor based method to measure initial decomposition of naturally occurring polysaccharides in sediments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61. 2168-2191.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  1. Tranvik, L.J., Olofsson, H., and Bertilsson, S., 2000. Photochemical effects on bacterial degradation of dissolved organic matter in lake water. In: Bell Cr., Brylinsky, M., and Johnson-Green, P. (eds.), Microbial Biosystems: New Forntiers, Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Canada.
  2. Karlsson S., Ledin, A., Düker, A., Sandén P, Sundblad K., Dahlén J., Nordlund, E., and S. Bertilsson, 1995, Temporary sediments in acidic watersheds - structure and trace metal content. In. R.D. Wilken, U. Förstner, and A. Knöchel (eds.), Proc. Int. Conf. Heavy Metals in the Environment, Hamburg, Vol. 1., CEP Consultants, Edinburgh, p 200-203.

Books and Book Chapters

  1. Bertilsson, S., and Jones, J.B. Jr. 2003. Supply of Dissolved Organic Matter to Aquatic Ecosystems: Autochthonous Sources, In: Findlay, S.E.G., and Sinsabaugh, R.L. (eds.), Aquatic Ecosystems: Interactivity of Dissolved Organic Matter. Academic Press. New York. p. 3-24.
  2. Polz, M., Bertilsson, S., Bärlocher, F., Nikolcheva L., Newell, S.Y. & Kuehn, K.A. 2006. Community structure and interactions of aquatic microorganisms associated with decomposing litter. In: Gessner, M.O. (ed.) Plant litter decomposition. Methods in Ecology. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford. Accepted.