Per Askerlund

Senior Lecturer Biology
Associate Professor Plant biochemistry
Department of Natural and Social Sciences , School of Education and Communication
Doctor of Philosophy

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Per Askerlund was born 1960 in Stockholm. He earned his BSc in biology from Uppsala University in 1984 and his PhD in Plant biochemistry from Lund University in 1990. His doctoral thesis dealt with redox reactions in plant plasma membranes, processes that are involved in solute transport and defense against invading pathogens.

During a two-year post-doctoral period at Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University, UK, Per joined the group of Dr. D.E. Evans, working on calcium transporting ion pumps in plant membranes. He was a Visiting scholar at Wolfson college, Oxford,  between 1990 and 1992. As a post-doctoral research fellow at Lund University with funding from the Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR), he continued to focus on mechanisms for calcium transport in plant membranes between 1992-2000. He was appointed associate professor in plant biochemistry at Lund University in 1996 and supervised one doctoral student, who finished her PhD thesis in 2000.

In 2000, Per obtained a teacher certificate for upper secondary school (biology and chemistry) after studies at Malmö University, Sweden. He worked as a senior master in chemistry at Växjö Katedralskola, Sweden, between 2000-2002. Since February 2002 he is employed as a senior lecturer in biology at School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University. Since 2002 Per has mainly been involved in teaching but has recently developed an interest in outdoor education research, and since 2017 he is involved in a research project entitled "Multi-functional urban outdoor preschool setttings and the promotion of health and ecosystem services: An investigation of collaborative processes".

Per has published 18 articles in leading refereed international journals, as well as a large number of book chapters and conference proceedings.

Article

Almers, E., Askerlund, P., Samuelsson, T., Waite, S. (2020). Children’s preferences for schoolyard features and understanding of ecosystem service innovations – a study in five Swedish preschools Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
Hammarsten, M., Askerlund, P., Almers, E., Avery, H., Samuelsson, T. (2019). Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: children’s perspectives Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 19(3), 227-241.
Askerlund, P., Almers, E. (2019). Det är den digitala kompetensen som måste utvecklas Jönköping: Hall Media .
Almers, E., Askerlund, P., Kjellström, S. (2018). Why forest gardening for children? Swedish forest gardeneducators' ideas, purposes, and experiences The Journal of Environmental Education, 49(3), 242-259.
Askerlund, P., Almers, E. (2016). Forest gardens – new opportunities for urban children to understand and develop relationships with other organisms Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 20, 187-197.
Almers, E., Askerlund, P. (2015). Gratis läromedel i biologi grumlar begreppen Lärarnas tidning.
Stagell, U., Almers, E., Askerlund, P., Apelqvist, M. (2014). What Kind of Actions are Appropriate? Eco-School Teachers' and Instructors' Ranking of Sustainability-Promoting Actions as Content in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education, 4(2), 97-113.
Kristensen, B., Askerlund, P., Bykova, N., Egsgaard, H., Møller, I. (2004). Identification of oxidised proteins in the matrix of rice leaf mitochondria by immunoprecipitation and two-dimensional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry Phytochemistry, 65(12), 1839-1851.
Malmström, S., Åkerlund, H., Askerlund, P. (2000). Regulatory role of the N terminus of the vacuolar calcium-ATPase in cauliflower Plant Physiology, 122(2), 517-526.
Malmström, S., Askerlund, P., Palmgren, M. (1997). A calmodulin-stimulated Ca2+-ATPase from plant vacuolar membranes with a putative regulatory domain at its N-terminus FEBS Letters, 400(3), 324-328.
Askerlund, P. (1997). Calmodulin-stimulated Ca2+-ATPases in the vacuolar and plasma membranes in cauliflower Plant Physiology, 114(3), 999-1007.
Larsson, C., Askerlund, P. (1994). Transmembrane electron transport in plant plasma membrane vesicles Biologiceskie membrany, 11, 289-297.
Fredlund, K., Struglics, A., Widell, S., Askerlund, P., Kader, J., Møller, I. (1994). Comparison of the Stereospecificity and Immunoreactivity of NADH-Ferricyanide Reductases in Plant Membranes Plant Physiology, 106(3), 1103-1106.
Askerlund, P., Evans, D. (1993). Detection of distinct phosphorylated intermediates of Ca2+-ATPase and H+-ATPase in plasma membranes from Brassica oleracea Plant physiology and biochemistry (Paris), 31(5), 787-791.
Larsson, C., Askerlund, P., Fredriksson, K., Kjellbom, P., Palmgren, M., Sommarin, M., Widell, S. (1990). Vad har grundforskningen att erbjuda växtförädlarna? Sveriges utsädesförenings tidskrift, 100(3), 180-183.
Palmgren, M., Askerlund, P., Fredrikson, K., Widell, S., Sommarin, M., Larsson, C. (1990). Sealed Inside-Out and Right-Side-Out Plasma Membrane Vesicles: Optimal Conditions for Formation and Separation Plant Physiology, 92(4), 871-880.
Askerlund, P., Larsson, C., Widell, S. (1989). Cytochromes of plant plasma membranes: Characterization by absorbance difference spectrophotometry and redox titration Physiologia Plantarum: An International Journal for Plant Biology, 76(2), 123-134.
Askerlund, P., Larsson, C., Widell, S., Møller, I. (1987). NAD(P)H oxidase and peroxidase activities in purified plasma membranes from cauliflower inflorescences. Physiologia Plantarum: An International Journal for Plant Biology, 71(1), 9-19.
Kjellbom, P., Larsson, C., Askerlund, P., Schelin, C., Widell, S. (1985). Cytochrome P-450/420 in plant plasma membranes: a possible component of the blue-light-reducible flavoprotein-cytochrome complex Photochemistry and Photobiology, 42(6), 779-783.

Book chapter

Stangeland, B. Fuglsang, A. Malmström, S. Axelsen, K. Baunsgaard, L. Lanfermeijer, F. , ... Palmgren M. (1997). P-type H(+)- and Ca(2+)-ATPases in plant cells. In: Luis A. Beaugé, David C. Gadsby, and Patricio J. Garrahan (Ed.), Na/K-ATPase and related transport ATPases: structure, mechanism, and regulation (pp. 77 -87). New York: New York Academy of Sciences
Askerlund, P., Sommarin, M. (1996). Calcium efflux transporters in higher plants. In: M. Smallwood (Ed.), Membranes: Specialized Functions in Plants (pp. 281 -299). Oxford: Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd
Møller, I., Askerlund, P., Widell, S. (1991). Electron transport constituents in the plant plasma membrane. In: Oxidoreduction at the plasma membrane: Relation to growth and transport. Volume II: plants (pp. 35 -59). Boca Raton: CRC Press

Conference paper

Gustafsson, M., Almers, E., Askerlund, P. (2019). Samverkan och urvalsprocess angående åtgärder med syfte att utveckla ekosystemtjänster på förskolegården. Forskningsbaserad undervisning – Teori och praktik i samverkan, 12 November 2019, Jönköping University, Högskolan för Lärande och Kommunikation i samarbete med Utbildningsförvaltningen i Jönköpings Kommun.
Hammarsten, M., Almers, E., Askerlund, P., Avery, H., Samuelsson, T. (2018). The Forest Garden from Children's Perspectives. Childhood and Materiality. VIII conference on childhood studies, 7-9 may Jyväskylä Finland.
Hammarsten, M., Askerlund, P., Almers, E., Avery, H., Samuelsson, T. (2018). Barns perspektiv på att vistas i en skogsträdgård. Nordisk forskningskonferens om miljö- och hållbarhetsutbildning, 25–26 oktober 2018, Örebro universitet.
Askerlund, P., Almers, E. (2018). Hur fungerar ekosystemtjänster som verktyg för hållbarhetsarbete på förskolor?. Nordisk forskningskonferens om miljö- och hållbarhetsutbildning, 25–26 oktober 2018, Örebro universitet.
Hammarsten, M., Almers, E., Askerlund, P., Avery, H. (2016). School children's special places in a forest garden in Sweden. NERA 2016, 9-11 March, Helsinki Finland, NERA 44th Congress, Social Justice, Equality and Solidarity in Education.
Almers, E., Askerlund, P. (2015). Forest gardens - places for children to connect with nature in times of urbanization. 8th WEEC, Planet and People - how can the develop together, Gothenburg Jun 29 - Jul 2, 2015.
Stagell, U., Almers, E., Askerlund, P. (2014). Action Competence - a private matter?. Presented at ECER 2014, The Past, the Present and the Future of Educational Research, University of Porto, Portugal, September 1-5, 2014..
Stagell, U., Almers, E., Askerlund, P. (2014). ESD and citizenship in the private and public sphere: Eco-School teachers' and instructors' views on actions as teaching content in ESD. Paper presented at the NERA 42nd Congress, Education for Sustainable Development in Lillehammer, Norway, March 5-7, 2014..
Askerlund, P., Almers, E., Hyltse-Eckert, Y., Avery, H., Kjellström, S. (2014). The Nordic forest garden: An educational opportunity for learning about ecological and emotional relationships between organisms. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.
Fredlund, K., Widell, S., Struglics, A., Askerlund, P., Kader, J., Bérczi, A., Møller, I. (1996). NADH-ferricyanide reductases in plant membranes. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.
Evans, D., Askerlund, P., Boyce, J., Briars, S., Coates, D., Coates, J., Theodoulou, F. (1992). Studies on the higher plant calmodulin-stimulated ATPase. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.
Larsson, C., Askerlund, P., Palmgren, M., Fredriksson, K., Sommarin, M., Widell, S. (1989). Optimal conditions for the production and isolation of sealed inside-out plasma membrane vesicles. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.
Askerlund, P., Larsson, C. (1989). Redox activities measured with inside-out and right-side-out plasma membrane vesicles from sugar beet leaves. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.
Møller, I., Askerlund, P., Larsson, C., Bérczi, A., Widell, S. (1988). Redox components in the plant plasma membrane. NERA 42nd congress: education for sustainable development, Lillehammer, March 5.-7. 2014.

Doctoral thesis

Askerlund, P. (1990). Redox processes of plant plasma membranes: Studies with isolated plasma membrane vesicles (Doctoral thesis). University of Lund, Sweden

Other publications

Hammarsten, M., Askerlund, P., Almers, E., Avery, H., Samuelsson, T. (2018). Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: children’s perspectives.