Postgraduate education

Last changed: 19 December 2022
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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 at SLU can be found here.



Mariana Kluge, Diversity and functional potential of fungal communities in Arctic and boreal freshwaters

Gaetan Martin, Microbial mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from boreal lakes

Kateryna Davydenkos, Occurrence and pathogenicity of tree-pathogenic fungi vectored by bark beetles


Rajiv Chaudhary, Identification of molecular markers associated with fungal resistance in Norway spruce and common ash


Mudassir Iqbal, Biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes by the fungus Clonostachys rosea

Florence Uwamahoros, Banana xanthomonas wilt and potato bacterial wilt in Rwanda

Anne Njoroge, Population structure and pathogenicity evolution of Phytophthora infestans affects epidemiology and management of late blight disease


Maria Hellman (Lic), Microbial nitrate removal from mining waters

Martina Putz, Imprint of management on microbial communities in arable soil

Konstantia Gkarmiri, Interactions of fungal pathogens and antagonistic bacteria in the rhizosphere of Brassica napus


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

Zaenab Adnan Fahad, The role of biological processes in base cation supply in boreal forest podzols 


João Bila, Coconut lethal yellowing phytoplasma disease in Mozambique

Srisailam Marupakula, Interactions between ectomycorrhizal associations and bacteria

Erica Sterkenburg, Drivers of soil fungal communities in boreal forests

Miguel Nemesio Gorriz, Molecular responses to Heterobasidion annosum s.l. in Picea abies


Yang Hu, Understanding virulence of Heterobasidion annosum s.l., a root rot pathogen of conifers

Diem Nguyen, Effects of tree species diversity on foliar fungal distribution

Hanna Millberg, Foliar fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Islam Ahmed Moustafa Abd El-Daim, Use of rhizobacteria for the alleviation of plant stress.

Sara Hadji Mollahossein, Host-pathogen interactions in root infecting oomycete species


Georgios Tzelepis, Functional differentiation of glycoside hydrolases family 18 in filamentous Ascomycetes


Remigijus Bakys, Dieback of Fraxinus excelsior in the Baltic Sea Region

Stina Bengtsson, Dieback of Fraxinus excelsior

Elisabet Ottosson, Succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities

Saraswoti Neupane, Genomics and transcriptomics of plant beneficial Serratia spp

Srivathsa Nallanchakravarthula, Root-associated microbial communities of different strawberry cultivars as influenced by soil type, Verticillium dahliae Kleb. and biofumigation


Inga Bödeker, Functional ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi

Ylva Strid, Bark beetles facilitate the establishment of wood decay fungi

Natalija Arhipova, Heart rot of spruce and alder in forests of Latvia

Anna Berlin, Population biology of Puccinia graminis

Lina Sjöholm, How sexual reproduction affects the population biology of Phytophthora infestans

Do Thi Xuan, Microbial communities in paddy fields in the Mekong delta of Vietnam


Jane Wangu Njuguna, Stem canker and dieback disease on Grevillea robusta Cunn ex R. Br.

Jorge Ulises Blandón-Díaz, Insights into population structure and epidemiology of Phytophthora infestans from Nicaragua

Jenny Arnerup, Induced defence responses in Picea abies triggered by Heterobasidion annosum s.l.


Anna-Karin Widmark, The late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans

Karl Lundén, Heterobasidion - conifer pathosystem

Kerstin Dalman, Heterobasidion root rot - genetic mapping of virulence and evolutionary history


Eva Blixt, On Phaeosphaeria nodorum in wheat

Johanna Boberg, Litter decomposing fungi in boreal forests.

Anthony Mgbeahuruike, A study of the traits associated with the biocontrol activity of Phlebiopsis gigantea


Gregory Heller, Transcription analysis of Pinus sylvestris during ectomycorrhizal development

Fredrik Heyman, Root rot of pea caused by Aphanomyces euteiches

Ina Franzén, Population genetics of the red-listed wood-decay fungus Phlebia centrifuga

Nicklas Samils, Monitoring the control methods of Heterobasidion annosum s.l. root rot

Cajsa Lithell, Functional diversity in nutrient acquisition by ectomycorrhizal fungi


Sybil A. Herrera-Foessel, Enhancing the genetic diversity and durability of leaf rust resistance in durum wheat

Aleksandra Adomas, Transcript profiling of the Heterobasidion-conifer pathosystem

Björn Andersson, Sexual reproduction in Phytophthora infestans

Dharam Parkash Bharadwaj, The plant – arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi – bacteria – pathogen system

Juan Carlos Santos-González, Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in grasslands and arable fields


Jonas Toljander, Interactions between soil bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Inga Moročko, Characterization of the strawberry pathogen Gnomonia fragariae, and biocontrol possibilities

Mårten Lind, Genetics of virulence and intraspecific interactions in Heterobasidion annosum s.l.


Lygis Vaidotas, Root rot in north-temperate forest stands: biology, management and communities of associated fungi

Magnus Thor, Heterobasidion root rot in Norway spruce: modelling incidence, control efficacy and economic consequences in Swedish forestry

Magnus Karlsson, Transcriptional responses during the pathogenic interaction between Heterobasidion annosum s. l. and conifers

Pajand Nejad, Pathogenic and ice-nucleation active (INA) bacteria causing dieback of willows in short rotation forestry

Audrius Menkis, Root associated fungi of conifer seedlings and their role in afforestation of agricultural land

Johan Allmér, Fungal communities in branch litter of Norway spruce: dead wood dynamics, species detection and substrate preferences


Kristof Capieau, Biological control of grey mould in Swedish forest nurseries

Abdella Gure, Seed-borne fungi of the afromontane tree species Podocarpus falcatus and Prunus africana in Ethiopia

Mona Nordström Högberg, Carbon and nitrogen relations among soils, microbes and plants in boreal forests


Anna Rosling, Responses of ectomycorrhizal fungi to mineral substrates

Selim Abu, Application of genomics for the study of the root rot fungus Heterobasidion spp.


Petra Fransson, Responses of ectomycorrhizal fungi to changes in carbon and nutrient availability

Mårten Gustafsson, Distribution and Dispersal of Wood-decaying Fungi Occuring on Norway Spruce Logs


Hanna Johannesson, Ecology of Daldinia spp. with special emphasis on Daldinia loculata

Juxian Zheng, Microbial antagonism against Heterobasidion annosum

Katarina Ihrmark, Double-stranded RNA Elements in the root rot fungus Heterobasidion annosum

Andrei Iakovlev, Molecular responses of mycelia to fungus-fungus interactions

Björn Lindahl, Nutrient Cycling in Boreal Forests - a Mycological Perspective

Mårten Gustafsson, Factors that limit the occurrence of wood-decaying fungi

Ignacio Rangel Castro, Eco-Physiology of the ectomycorrhizal mushroom Cantharellus cibarius carbon and nitrogen metabolism, and the interactions with bacteria and mycophagous invertebrates


Ulla Ahonen-Jonnarth,  Growth, nutrient uptake and ectomycorrhizal function in Pinus sylvestris plants exposed to aluminium and heavy metals


Rimvydas Vasaitis, Ecology and fungi colonizing wounds of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) with special emphasis on Stereum sanguinolentum (Alb. & Schw.:Fr.) Fr.


Nils Högberg, Population biology of common and rare wood-decay fungi

Asko Lehtijärvi, Lophodermium picea and Tryblidiopsis pinastri. Two latent colonizers of Norway spruce

Lena Jonsson, Community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Swedish boreal forests


Malin Bendz-Hellgren, Heterobasidion annosum root and butt rot of Norway spruce, Picea abies. Colonization by the fungus and its impact on tree growth

Ola Kårén, Effects of air pollution and forest regeneration methods on the community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi

Magnus Thor, Stump treatment against Heterobasidion annosum – Techniques and biological effects in practical forestry


Lillian Holmer, Interspecific interactions between wood-inhabiting basidiomycetes in boreal forests

Susan Livsey,  Ecology of endophytic microfungi in Norway spruce crowns

Gunilla Svedjemark, Heterobasidion annosum root rot in Picea abies: Variability in aggressiveness and resistance

Ulla Ahonen-Jonanrth,  Effects of heavy metals and some biotic factors on ectomycorrhizal Scots pine in northern Finland


Magnus Hellgren, Gremmeniella abietina – disease biology and genetic variation within Fennoscandia

Eva Damm, Mycorrhiza as a protection against fungi infecting roots of Scots pine seedlings – interactions between roots, pathogens and mycorrhiza

Camilla Yu-Ping Sun, Structure and function of ectomycorrhizal mycelium


Jan-Olov Karlsson, Genetic structure of populations of root rot fungi with special emphasis on Heterobasidion annosum


Håkan Wallander, Regulation of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in Pinus sylvestris L. seedlings. Influence of mineral nutrition


Kjell Wahlström, Infection biology of Armillaria species: in vitro pectinolytic activity, infection strategy field distribution and host responses


Anders Dahlberg, Ectomycorrhiza in coniferous forest: Structure and dynamics of populations and communities

Mikael Lindberg, The resistance of Picea abies bark to Heterobasidion annosum: Roles of stress, structural defence and biochemical resistance


Elna Stenström, Ecology of mycorrhizal Pinus sylvestris seedlings – Aspects of colonization and growth


Pia Barklund, Occurrence of and interaction between Gremmeniella abietina and endophytic fungi in two conifers


Jan Stenlid, Biochemical and ecological aspects of the infection biology of Heterobasidion annosum


Rolf Gref, 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.

  • Arpita Maheshwari: Ecology of N2O reducing microbial communities in arable soils
  • Hernán Dario Capador-Barreto: Evolution and regulation of disease response in conifers
  • Laura Brodde: Diplodia tip blight of pine. Factors determining infection and spread in Swedish forest lands
  • Louis Mielke: Ectomycorrhizal fungi, conservation and soil carbon sequestration in boreal soils
  • Yvonne Bösch: Ecology of fungal denitrifiers
  • Rebecca Larsson: Toward integrated pest management in forest nurseries
  • Maria Hellman: Fixed-bed bioreactors for water treatment - microbial community compositions and functions
  • Carol Kälin: Breeding pea for increased disease-resistance against root rot
  • Eula Gems Oreiro: Impacts of host resistance and local temperature on the evolutionary development of aggressiveness and fungicide tolerance in Zymoseptoria tritici
  • Matilda Stein Åslund: Interactions between conifers and pathogenic fungi
  • Sidhant Chaudhary. Biological control of Septoria tricici blotch on wheat
  • Katherine King: Structure and functioning of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in forest soils - with emphasis on their roles in silicate rock weathering and carbon sequestration
  • Laura Mueller: Ecotoxicity of pesticides on nitrifiers in soil under a climate change scenario

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