My name is Erika Eriksson and I live in a small municipality in the south of Sweden, Karlshamn. I am a curious and cheerful 19 year-old who, among many other things, appreciates the nature, skiing and cooking. In my leisure I work as a scout-leader to empower and educate young children with The Sustainable Development Agenda as a tool.Tell us what the water concern in your country is!
The biggest water concern in Sweden is the aquatic biodiversity, which is affected by e.g. eutrophication, acidification and pollution.This is what I think is one of the solutions for a sustainable future:
To spread awareness and knowledge about the challenges we are facing.
Have you ever heard of thiamine deficiency? A high mortality among animals due to thiamine deficiency has recently been observed and the cause has been proposed to be phytoplankton. These are the main producers of thiamine out in open water and the share of thiamine auxotrophic phytoplankton, plankton who are unable to produce thiamine, is likely to affect the deficiency. In this project it is examined how the concentration of phytoplankton in water from the Baltic Sea changes upon addition of thiamine. The results indicated a substantial share of thiamine auxotrophic phytoplankton when and where the samples were collected. With more knowledge about phytoplankton communities we would be able to improve the conditions for aquatic ecosystems.