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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Speakers and Panelists

Ulla RasmussenUlla Rasmussen

Associate professor
Department of Botany
Stockholm University,

In recent years part of my research has been focused on the cyanobacterial neurotoxin BMAA in respect to occurrence and spread of BMAA in our environment. We are also focused on getting information on the function and regulation of BMAA in cyanobacteria. In addition, I have a research projects on cyanobacteria in association with mosses - covering research areas from the cyanobacterial biodiversity and host specificity to communication between the two partners and how the colonization is being controlled by chemical signals.

Selected Relevant publications:

Spacil, Z., Eriksson, J., Jonasson, S., Rasmussen, U., Ilag, L., Bergman, B. Analytical protocol for identification of BMAA and DAB in biological samples.  Analyst. 135: 127–132 (2010)

Jonasson, S., Eriksson, J., Berntzon, L., Spacil, Z., Ilag, L., Ronnevi, L-O., Rasmussen, U., Bergman, B. (2010) Transfer of a cyanobacterial neurotoxin within a temperate aquatic ecosystem suggests pathways for human exposure. PNAS 107(20): 9252–9257 (2010)

Eriksson, J., Johansson, S., Papaefthimiou, D., Rasmussen, U., Bergman, B. Improving derivatization efficiency of BMAA utilizing AccQ-Tag® in a complex cyanobacterial matrix. Amino Acid 36:43-48 (2009)

Jonasson, S., Eriksson, J., Berntzon, L., Rasmussen, U., Bergman, B. A novel cyanobacterial toxin (BMAA) with potential neurodegenerative effects. Plant Biotech. 25(3): 227-232 (2008)

Cox. P.A., Banack, S.A., Murch, S.J., Rasmussen, U., Tien, G., Bidgare, R.R., Metcalf, J.S., Morrison, L.F., Codd, G.A., and Bergmann, B.: Diverse taxa of cyanobacteria produce β-N- methylamino L-alanine, a neurotoxic amino acid. PNAS, 102, 5074-5078 (2005)