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Kristineberg Marine Research and Innovation Centre - SVEN LOVÉN CENTRE FOR MARINE SCIENCES (KMRIC)

Overview

The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences (SLC) is the largest Swedish marine research infrastructure unit, and is financed by UGOT. Including “resident scientists”, a total of ca.150 people work year-round at SLC. SLC runs Sweden's ASSEMBLE partnership, and its two marine stations offer ASSEMBLE Plus access services: Kristeneberg and Tjärnö.

The research station at Kristineberg is situated on the Gullmarsfjord, the largest and only true fjord in Sweden. The fjord is 30 km long with a maximum depth of 118 m and has been a natural reserve since 1983. Key features that make this important marine environment unique in Europe are: the excellent water quality with two rather distinct water-masses: brackish surface water originating from the Baltic and oceanic water from the North Sea at greater depths; and a large number of habitats, resulting in a very high biodiversity and a unique fauna. 

Please note: KMRIC research infrastructures and services are listed under UGOT in the ASSEMBLE Plus application system.

Ecosystems

  • Steep rocky ecosystems
  • Deep basin sediments
  • Sand and mud flats
  • Seagrass beds
  • Exposed and protected shores

 

Ecosystem access

  • R/V Skagerrak: 39-m vessel, with access to all research equipment and technical support from vessel crew
  • R/V Oscar von Sydowl: 12-m  with access to all research equipment and technical support from vessel crew
  • Diving facilities

 

Biological resources 

  • Marine models: the unique and high level of organismal diversity available at the Lovén Centre includes many current and emerging marine model organisms, for example Ciona intestinalis, Balanus improvisus, Skeletonema marinoi and Myxine glutinosa 
  • A list of marine organisms found in the North East Atlantic can be found here
  • A list of the species that can be maintained and spawned at the Lovén centre can be downloaded here 

 

Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Climate-controlled rooms, including ocean acidification facilities, with access to all basic research equipment
  • Marine Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratories with equipment for gene cloning, bacterial culture, PCR and QPCR (ABI), protein extraction, 1&2-D gel blotting, densitometric analysis (BioRad), histology lab for ISH and immunohistochemistry and a cell culture lab with laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • Advanced microscopy laboratory incl. confocal: (i) two Leica UV DIC digital photomiscroscope with video facility; (ii) high level Leica UV stereo microscope with micromanipulators and microinjection (Eppendorf); (iii) a top of the range tri-laser Leica broadband confocal scanning laser microscope

 

Associated services

  • Technical support from staff
 

SLC Kristineberg offers lodging (165 berth places) and restaurant facilities. 

 

Acronym: 
UGOT-SLC-Kristineberg
Address: 
University of Gothenburg, The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences
Kristineberg 566 450 34 Fiskebäckskil Sweden
566 450 34 Kristineberg
Sweden
E-mail: 
Liaison officer: Niklas Andersson (niklas.andersson.2@gu.se), cc to: assemble@marine.gu.se

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