Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Plant Pathology

Our research concentrates on plant-pathogenic fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes that cause diseases in agricultural crops. Our goal is to understand how the pathogens spread, infect, multiply and survive. This knowledge is used to study the dynamics in the interactions between the pathogen, host-plant, and environment, which is a central theme in the subject plant pathology. Research is also directed towards how non-pathogenic microorganisms interact with plants and pathogens in different production systems.

An important and expanding part of our activities includes education in plant pathology in SLU's basic university education.  

Current Research


Climate change and plant disease threats

Which diseases will cause problems as a result of climatic and other global changes?

Population genetics of plant pathogens

How is the population structure of plant pathogens affected by the way we grow crops?

IMP and plant disease management

Knowledge of the biology of plant pathogens is necessary for a sustainable crop production.

Epidemiology of plant pathogens

Knowing how fast plant diseases develop and spread is necessary to develop modern, environmentally friendly, control measures.

Mycotoxins and spoilage

Crops, even if they look good, can be spoiled by toxins produced by fungi.

Plant - pathogen interactions

We investigate the different molecules pathogens exude to manipulate the plant during infection.


Plant pathology links

Plant Pathology Links of interest at SLU

General Plant Pathology Links

  • Systematic Botany and Mycology Fungal Database
  • American Phytopathological Society homepage including their journals on-line (for computers at Ultuna). Needs cookies enabled!!!
  • EcoPort homepage
  • Index Fungorum homepage


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