Postgraduate education

Last changed: 14 April 2021
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The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology offers PhD training in the doctoral education subject Biology at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, and in Biology, and Biology with specialization in ecology, or plant pathology or microbiology at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.

A PhD program is four years (240 credits) of which the major part (up to 210 credits) consists of individual research and writing of a PhD thesis.

To be eligible for a PhD training in in the subjects an MSc (or a ‘magister’) in Biology or Microbiology, or equivalent, is required. PhD positions are advertised at SLUs page for vacant positions.

In order to enhance the quality in graduate education the department is a joint organizer of the research school Organism Biology and is also active in the research schools Focus on Soils and Water and Ecology – its basic and applications at SLU.

More information about the graduate program, can be found both on the external and internal SLU web.





2017 Hagenbo, Andreas Ectomycorrhizal fungal mycelial dynamics and its role in forest soil carbon cycling

Fahad, Zaenab Adnan  

The role of biological processes in base cation supply in boreal forest podzols
2016 Bila, João Coconut lethal yellowing phytoplasma disease in Mozambique.
2016 Marupakula, Srisailam Interactions between ectomycorrhizal associations and bacteria.
2016 Sterkenburg, Erica Drivers of soil fungal communities in boreal forests.
2016 Miguel Nemesio Gorriz Molecular responses to Heterobasidion annosum s.l. in Picea abies.
2015 Yang Ho Understanding virulence of Heterobasidion annosum s.l., a root rot pathogen of conifers.
2015 Nguyen, Diem Effects of tree species diversity on foliar fungal distribution.
2015 Millberg, Hanna Foliar fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris).
2015 Abd El-Daim, Islam Ahmed Moustafa Use of rhizobacteria for the alleviation of plant stress.
2015 Hadji Mollahossein, Sara Host-pathogen interactions in root infecting oomycete species.
2014 Tzelepis, Georgios Functional differentiation of glycoside hydrolases family 18 in filamentous Ascomycetes.
2013 Bakys, Remigijus Dieback of Fraxinus excelsior in the Baltic Sea Region.
2013 Bengtsson, Stina Dieback of Fraxinus excelsior.
2013 Ottosson, Elisabet Succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities.
2013 Neupane, Saraswoti Genomics and transcriptomics of plant beneficial Serratia spp.
2013 Nallanchakravarthula, Srivathsa Root-associated microbial communities of different strawberry cultivars as influenced by soil type, Verticillium dahliae Kleb. and biofumigation.
2012 Bödeker, Inga Functional ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi.
2012 Strid, Ylva Maria Elisabeth Bark beetles facilitate the establishment of wood decay fungi.
2012 Arhipova, Natalija Heart rot of spruce and alder in forests of Latvia.
2012 Berlin, Anna Population biology of Puccinia graminis.
2012 Sjöholm, Lina How sexual reproduction affects the population biology of Phytophthora infestans.
2012 Do, Thi Xuan Microbial communities in paddy fields in the Mekong delta of Vietnam.
2011 Njuguna, Jane Wangu Stem canker and dieback disease on Grevillea robusta Cunn ex R. Br.
2011 Blandón-Díaz, Jorge Ulises Insights into population structure and epidemiology of Phytophthora infestans from Nicaragua.
2011 Arnerup, Jenny Induced defence responses in Picea abies triggered by Heterobasidion annosum s.l.
2010 Widmark, Anna-Karin The late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans.
2010 Lundén, Karl Heterobasidion - conifer pathosystem.
2010 Dalman, Kerstin Heterobasidion root rot.
2009 Blixt, Eva On Phaeosphaeria nodorum in wheat.
2009 Boberg, Johanna Litter decomposing fungi in boreal forests.
2009 Mgbeahuruike, Anthony Christian A study of the traits associated with the biocontrol activity of Phlebiopsis gigantea.
2008 Heller, Gregory Transcription analysis of Pinus sylvestris during ectomycorrhizal development.
2008 Heyman, Fredrik Root rot of pea caused by Aphanomyces euteiches.
2008 Franzén, Ina  Population genetics of the red-listed wood-decay fungus Phlebia centrifuga.
2008 Samils, Nicklas Monitoring the control methods of Heterobasidion annosum s.l. root rot.
2008 Nygren, Cajsa Functional diversity in nutrient acquisition by ectomycorrhizal fungi.
2007 Herrera-Foessel, Sybil A. Enhancing the genetic diversity and durability of leaf rust resistance in durum wheat.
2007 Adomas, Aleksandra Transcript profiling of the Heterobasidion-conifer pathosystem.
2007 Andersson, Björn Sexual reproduction in Phytophthora infestans.
2007 Bharadwaj, Dharam Parkash The plant – arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi – bacteria – pathogen system.
2007 Santos-González, Juan Carlos Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in grasslands and arable fields.
2006 Toljander, Jonas Interactions between soil bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
2006 Moročko, Inga Characterization of the strawberry pathogen Gnomonia fragariae, and biocontrol possibilities.
2006 Lind, Mårten Genetics of virulence and intraspecific interactions in Heterobasidion annosum s.l.
2005 Lygis Vaidotas Root rot in north-temperate forest stands : biology, management and communities of associated fungi 
2005 Thor Magnus Heterobasidion root rot in Norway spruce : modelling incidence, control efficacy and economic consequences in Swedish forestry
2005 Karlsson Magnus  Transcriptional responses during the pathogenic interaction between Heterobasidion Annosum s. l. and conifers
2005 Nejad Pajand  Pathogenic and ice-nucleation active (INA) bacteria causing dieback of willows in short rotation forestry
2005 Menkis Audrius  Root associated fungi of conifer seedlings and their role in afforestation of agricultural land
2005 Allmér Johan Fungal communities in branch litter of Norway spruce : dead wood dynamics, species detection and substrate preferences 
2004 Capieau Kristof  Biological control of grey mould in Swedish forest nurseries
2004 Gure Abdella  Seed-borne fungi of the afromontane tree species Podocarpus falcatus and Prunus africana in Ethiopia
2004 Nordström Högberg Mona Carbon and nitrogen relations among soils, microbes and plants in boreal forests
2003 Rosling Anna  Responses of ectomycorrhizal fungi to mineral substrates
2003 Abu Selim  Application of genomics for the study of the root rot fungus Heterobasidion spp.
2002 Fransson Petra  Responses of ectomycorrhizal fungi to changes in carbon and nutrient availability. 
2002 Gustafsson Mårten   Distribution and Dispersal of Wood-decaying Fungi Occuring on Norway Spruce Logs. 
2001 Johannesson Hanna  Ecology of Daldinia spp. with special emphasis on Daldinia loculata. 
2001 Zheng Juxian  Microbial antagonism against Heterobasidion annosum
2001  Ihrmark Katarina Double-stranded RNA Elements in the root rot fungus Heterobasidion annosum. 
2001 Iakovlev Andrei Molecular responses of mycelia to fungus-fungus interactions. 
2001 Lindahl Björn Nutrient Cycling in Boreal Forests - a Mycological Perspective.
2001 Gustafsson Mårten   Factors that limit the occurrence of wood-decaying fungi
2001 Rangel Castro Ignacio Eco-Physiology of the ectomycorrhizal mushroom Cantharellus cibarius carbon and nitrogen metabolism, and the interactions with bacteria and mycophagous invertebrates. 
2000 Ahonen-Jonnarth Ulla  Growth, nutrient uptake and ectomycorrhizal function in Pinus sylvestris plants exposed to aluminium and heavy metals. 
1999 Vasaitis Rimvydas Ecology and fungi colonizing wounds of Norway spruce (picea abies (L.) Karst.) with special emphasis on Stereum sanguinolentum (Alb. & Schw.:Fr.) Fr. 
1998 Högberg Nils  Population biology of common and rare wood-decay fungi. 
1998 Lehtijärvi Asko Lophodermium picea and Tryblidiopsis pinastri. Two latent colonizers of Norway spruce. 
1998 Jonsson Lena  Community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Swedish boreal forests. 
1997 Bendz-Hellgren Malin  Heterobasidion annosum root and butt rot of Norway spruce, Picea abies. Colonization by the fungus and its impact on tree growth. 
1997 Kårén, Ola Effects of air pollution and forest regeneration methods on the community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi.
1997 Thor Magnus   Stump treatment against Heterobasidion annosum – Techniques and biological effects in practical forestry
1996 Holmer Lillian  Interspecific interactions between wood-inhabiting basidiomycetes in boreal forests
1996 Livsey Susan Ecology of endophytic microfungi in Norway spruce crowns
1996 Svedjemark Gunilla  Heterobasidion annosum root rot in Picea abies: Variability in aggressiveness and resistance
1996 Ahonen-Jonanrth Ulla   Effects of heavy metals and some biotic factors on ectomycorrhizal Scots pine in northern Finland
1995 Hellgren Magnus Gremmeniella abietina – disease biology and genetic variation within Fennoscandia
1995 Damm Eva  Mycorrhiza as a protection against fungi infecting roots of Scots pine seedlings – interactions between roots, pathogens and mycorrhiza
1995 Yu-Ping Sun Camilla Structure and function of ectomycorrhizal mycelium
1994 Karlsson Jan-Olov  Genetic structure of populations of root rot fungi with special emphasis on Heterobasidion annosum
1993  Wallander Håkan Regulation of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in Pinus sylvestris L. seedlings. Influence of mineral nutrition
1993 Livsey Susan Mikrosvampar I granens krona – samband med abiotiska och biotiska faktorer
1991  Dahlberg Anders Ectomycorrhiza in coniferous forest: Structure and dynamics of populations and communities
1992 Wahlström Kjell  Infection biology of Armillaria species: in vitro pectinolytic activity, infection strategy field distribution and host responses
1991  Lindberg Mikael The resistance of Picea abies bark to Heterobasidion annosum: Roles of stress, structural defence and biochemical resistance
1990  Stenström Elna Ecology of mycorrhizal Pinus sylvestris seedlings – Aspects of colonization and growth
1989 Barklund Pia  Occurrence of and interaction between Gremmeniella abietina and endophytic fungi in two conifers
1986  Stenlid Jan Biochemical and ecological aspects of the infection biology of Heterobasidion annosum
1982 Gref Rolf  Diterpenoids and some water-soluble compounds of Pinus Sylvestris and their possible relationsship to resistance fo fungal parasites

PhD students

These are our current PhD students and their project titles.

Al-Azzawi, Zaenab Lab-scale quantification of biotic influence on weathering in forest ecosystems
Kancherla, Reddy Comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies of the brown-rot fungi with respect to wood degradation
Gkarmiri, Tina Genomic and transcriptnomic analyses of interactions between plant growth promoting Serratia bacteria, plants and fungal pathogens
Hagenbo, Andreas Ectomycorrhizal fungi as regulators of the below-ground carbon balance in boreal soil
Varenius, Kerstin The role of fungal diversity, forest management and their interactions - analysis and valuation of ecosystem services
Himmelstrand, Kajsa Evolution of the mitochondria of the Heterobasidion annosum species complex and associations to virulence
Uwamahoros, Florence     A comparative study of Ralstonia solanacearum and Xanthomonas campestris pv.musacearum in the potato and banana bacterial wilt pathosystems of Rwanda
Angel Redondo, Miguel Invasion biology of forest Phytophtora spp. In Sweden
Njoroge, Anne How population dynamics and pathogen evolution of Phytophthora infestans affects the epidemiology and management of late blight disease
Chaudhary, Rajiv Genome wide association studies to support breeding for resistance against forest diseases
Iqbal, Mudassir Biological control of plant pathogenic nematodes in organic crop production by the nematode-parasitizing fungus Clonostachys rosea
Maheshwari, Arpita Ecology of N2O reducing microbial communities in arable soils
Davydenkos, Kateryna  Occurrence and virulence of tree-pathogenic fungi vectored by bark beetles
Wittorf, Lea Niche differentiation among denitrifying organisms
Hellman, Maria (lic) Reducing soluble nitrogen species in drainage water from mine industry using passive on-site solutions in cold environments
Putz, Martina Ecology of microbial communities regulation soil N2O omissions

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Anders Dahlberg, Professor, Director of studies for Postgraduate education
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU, 018-671598

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