I am interested in forest ecology with special focus on wood-inhabiting fungi. In forest ecosystems, dead wood is a key habitat for many different organisms, including fungi. The decomposition of wood is to a large extent influenced by fungal activity. The structure and composition of fungal communities are in turn influenced by mycelial interactions between fungi inhabiting the same woody substrate.
I am working as a PhD-student within the project “Succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities in decaying Norway spruce logs” together with Jan Stenlid, Anders Dahlberg , Otso Ovaskainen, Karl-Henrik Larsson and Ariana Kubartová. We are studying temporal dynamics in fungal communities and how species interactions influence the composition and distribution of fungal communities in relation to the decay process of the wood substrate. These questions are approached by descriptive and correlative studies of fungal communities as well as by species interaction experiments.
Read more about the project here!
Eriksson, E. 2007. Fungal colonization of spruce logs fallen in a violent flash-flood event – a follow-up study of the 1997 natural disaster at Mt. Fulufjället. MSc Thesis. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
Nordén, B, & Eriksson, E. 2007. Vedsvamparnas kolonisation av eklågor skapade i gallrings- och refernsytorna 2002/2003. Nyhetsbrev 5 “Bland ekar och arter” s. 25 – 27. Online
Participation in conferences and workshops
Eriksson, E. The importance of initial fungi for the succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities – an experimental study of Norway spruce wood. Northern Primeval Forest – Ecology, Conservation and Management (PRIFOR), August 2010, Sundsvall, Sweden. (Poster)
Eriksson, E., Kubartóva, A., Dahlberg, A. & Stenlid, J. Diversity and distribution of wood-inhabiting fungi in natural and man-made logs of Norway spruce – an analysis of fungal communities using 454 pyrosequencing. 9th International Mycological Congress (IMC9), August 2010, Edinburgh, UK. (Poster)
Eriksson, E., Dahlberg, A., Ovaskainen, O., Larsson, K-H and Stenlid, J. The decaying log – the scene of unknown interactions? The Swedish Society of Ecology (OIKOS) symposium. February 2009, Uppsala, Sweden. (Poster)
Eriksson, E. Succession of fungal communities in decaying Norway spruce logs. Effects of forestry on saproxylic insects and fungi – workshop. June 2008, Vindfjelltunet, Norway. (Oral presentation)