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Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

We undertake fundamental and applied research on plant-microbe interactions, mycology, microbial ecology and evolution, as well as biodiversity. Central themes are forest and plant pathology, and nutrient and carbon cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems.

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Agriculture and forestry in a changing world

Through our research we answer questions about how agriculture and forestry can be conducted in a world where the climate is changing.

Microbes play a very important role in the ecosystem of our planet. We focus on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems. We actively collaborate with the forest industry and farmers as well as perform basic research to understand underlying mechanisms.



We teach about ecology, evolution, plant diseases in forestry and agriculture and about how molecular methods can be used to analyse field samples.

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The look at interactions between involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganism. Our research is both fundamental and applied and concerns mostly forest and agricultural systems.

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Se our publications in scientific journals here.

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Published: 05 February 2024 - Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se