Welcome. This is Mårten Linds homepage.
I am a molecular biologist/geneticist with a special interest in fungal genomics and forest pathology. I have been at SLU since 1995 and at the department since 2001.
I’m currently working as a post-doc in the project “Understanding and preventing root rot of conifers”, which is funded by SSF and run by Jan Stenlid, Sara von Arnold and Bo Karlsson. I am studying the causal agent of root rot infections, Heterobasidion annosum, and try to identify candidate pathogenicity genes. This is done by combining a global transcriptome analysis, i.e investigating genes up-regulated during bark infection, with a genomic approach, i.e identifying QTLs for pathogenicity in a full-genome linkage map. Genes both expressed during infection and present within a pathogenicity QTL are considered strong candidates and probably plays an important part in the infection mechanism.
A linkage map this complete has a huge potential in the study of any measureable trait of the fungus and several other ongoing and finished projects have taken advantage of this. Traits such as growth rate, fungicide resistance and several types of intraspecific interactions have been attributed to QTLs across the genome, which can be investigated for candidates.
The first version of the linkage map and some early applications of it was the subject of my PhD-thesis which I defended at the department in November 2006.
Other ongoing projects include the role of the mitochondria during Heterobasidion infection, Heterobasidion tolerance towards several fungicides possibly being controlled by a single general genetic factor and the karyotyping of Heterobasidion chromosomes using pulse-field gel electrophoresis.
Lind, M. 2006. Genetics of Virulence and Intraspecific Interactions in Heterobasidion annosum s.l., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Arnerup J, Lind M, Olson Å, Stenlid J, Elfstrand M. 2011. The pathogenic white-rot fungus Heterobasidion parviporum triggers non-specific defence responses in the bark of Norway spruce . Tree Physiology 2011 31: 1262-1272
Dalman K, Himmelstrand K, Olson Å, Lind M, Durling M, Stenlid J. 2010. A genome-wide association study identifies four genomic regions to be associated with virulence in the basidiomycete Heterobasidion annosum s.s. In prep.
Stenlid J, Olson Å, Lind M, Durling M et al. 2010. The genome sequence of Heterobasidion irregulare reveals difference between pathogenic and saprotrophic interactions. In prep.
Lind, M. 2010. Anchoring of a Heterobasidion annosum linkage map to its physical genome sequence. In prep.
Lind, M., Stenlid, J., and Olson, A. 2007. Genetics and QTL mapping of somatic incompatibility and intraspecific interactions in the basidiomycete Heterobasidion annosum s.l.. Fungal Genetics and Biology 44: 1242-51.
Lind, M., Dalman, K., Stenlid, J., Karlsson, B., and Olson, A. 2007. Identification of quantitative trait loci affecting virulence in the basidiomycete Heterobasidion annosum s.l..Current Genetics 52(1):35-44
Olson, A., Lind, M., and Stenlid, J. 2005. In vitro test of virulence in the progeny of a Heterobasidion interspecific cross. Forest Pathology 35(5):321-331
Lind M., Olson Å., Stenlid J. 2005. An AFLP-markers based genetic linkage map of Heterobasidion annosum locating intersterility genes. Fungal Genetics and Biology 42(6):519–527