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

Institutionen för skoglig mykologi och växtpatologi

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Stina Bengtsson

(Previously S B K Johansson)

My interest is nature; interactions between the different elements and organisms in nature, with a special fascination for fungi. My PhD project is about ash dieback (askskottsjuka).

Ash dieback has in approximately 20 years spread and seriously affected ash forests in Europe, including Sweden since 2001-2003. The disease is caused by a fungus, Chalara fraxinea or Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus. The disease is recognized by dead shoots and wilting leaves, and in a later stage adventive shoots and cankers on stem and branches.

Goals are to describe the biology and lifecycle of the fungus, to learn about the interaction between fungus and tree and to understand the disease-breakout.

Ongoing projects:

  • Population structure of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus, the fungus causing ash dieback
  • Seasonal variability of ash dieback
  • Secondary metabolite production of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus, and H.albidus.


Detection of Chalara fraxinea from tissue of Fraxinus excelsior using species-specific ITS primers, 2010. SBK Johansson, R Vasaitis, K Ihrmark, P Barklund, J Stenlid. Forest Pathology 4, 111-115.

Isolation, Identification and necrotic activity of viridiol from Chalara fraxinea, the fungus responsible for dieback of ash, 2009. PF Andersson, SBK Johansson, J Stenlid, A Broberg. Forest Pathology 40, 43-46.

Trikaryon formation and nuclear selection in pairings between heterokaryons and homokaryons of the root rot pathogen Heterobasidium parviporum, 2009. TY James, SBK Johansson, H Johannesson. Mycological research 113, 583-590.


Skogskonferensen 2008, Lövskogen i nytt ljus, Alnarp 25-26/11 poster: ”Season dependet extension of ash decline in individual trees, preliminary results”

SNS meeting, Palanga 2009 speech: “Ash dieback, biology and genetics”

Skogskonferensen 2009, Skogsskador, Uppsala speech: ”Askskottsjukan, senaste nytt”

EPPO Workshop on Chalara fraxinea, Oslo (2010-06-31/07-02) speech: “Biology and genetics of ash dieback”




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