• IMPRESS is a strong research environment funded by The Swedish Research Council FORMAS in order to increase our possibility to better predict future carbon balance of forest ecosystems. The core group consists of 10 researchers from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Örebro University.
  • Coniferous forests are a global sink for carbon, and most of the carbon is found below ground. The capacity of forest soils to store carbon is decisive for future climate change.
  • Due to the vast land areas and the long time perspective involved, it is difficult to measure changes in soil C storage on the level of entire biomes. Mathematical models may help to estimate large scale C sequestration, and also enable prognoses of future changes. Our aim is to better understand and predict impacts of forestry, N-deposition, increasing carbon dioxide levels and climate change, in order to provide factual basis for policy decisions about forestry, landscape planning and emission quota.
  • Microorganims – fungi in particular, decompose soil C and mobilise plant nutrients, and are thereby important drivers of soil carbon sequestration. A lack of knowledge about the identity and functional properties of soil fungi, and how they interact with plants to regulate C sequestration, has hampered development of dependable models. New methods rapidly improve our understanding of fungal interactions on a molecular level, and IMPRESS aims to upscale molecular-level understanding to the scale of ecosystems and landscapes.


  • Welcome Preeti!

    Preetisri Baskaran has been employed as PhD student within the IMPRESS project. Supervised by Riita Hyvönen-Olsson, Björn Lindahl and Göran [...]

  • Planning meeting

    On June 11 the whole group met up for planning this season’s preliminary fieldwork. We have decided to focus intial [...]

  • Welcome Iuliia!

    Iuliia Kyiashchenko has joined the IMPRESS team. She will work as a PhD student in the Department of Forest Mycology [...]

  • Welcome Andreas!

    The PhD position ‘Quantification of carbon fluxes in forest ecosystems’ has been filled. Andreas Hagenbo with a forester degree from [...]

  • PhD positions

    January 2012
    We are currently adverstising for three new PhD students that will work within the IMPRESS research environment. The [...]