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Research at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

The department undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems.

Research areas

Through our research we answer questions about how agriculture and forestry can be conducted in a world with a changing climate. Important research areas are control, ecology, population biology and microorganisms as well as modeling and control of plant diseases in the field.

The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology is included in the Biocentre. The Department's researchers have a broad expertise in both molecular and ecological microbiology.

Learn more about our research areas below!

Agricultural Plant Pathology

We investigate how beneficial microorganisms can be used to fight serious plant diseases. Biological control will play an important role in the future as many pesticides are being faced out.

Grass-like plants in pots with red labels, photo.

Forest Pathology

Our research in forest pathology concentrates on pathogenic fungi causing diseases in forests. We study the interactions between the pathogen, the host tree and the environment from molecular to ecosystem level.

A fungi by the ground, photo.

Forest Microbiology

The Forest Microbiology unit are particularly interested in the role of microbes and other soil fauna in biogeochemical cycles under changing environmental conditions.

Hand with moss. Photo.

Microbial Metabolism

We study stress resistance, aging and metabolism through experiments with our model organisms baker's yeast and a small moss plant, Physcomitrella.

Moss on a table, photo.

Plant disease epidemiology

Plant disease epidemiology studies the spatial and temporal dynamics as well as the ecology of the interaction between populations of plant pathogens, plant hosts, and the environment.

Many persons on a meadow, photo.

Soil Microbiology

Microorganisms provide valuable ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling and degradation of organic matter and pollutants. We investiagate the ecological processes that govern the diversity and functioning of microbial communities.

Soil on a thin metal object, photo.
Published: 06 February 2024 - Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se