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Maria Karlsson

Maria Karlsson
Post doc at the department of Biosystems and technology, Microbial horticulture


Leaf-microbe interactions: attachment mechanisms. I am studying attachment mechanisms of E. coli of leafy vegetables and what could affect this attachment.


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How do shigatoxin producing E. coli that cause EHEC infections in humans spread and survive in the value network for fruits and vegetables? How do these bacteria attach to leaf surfaces? Can they invade plant tissue? May such organisms be counteracted by beneficial bacteria?   


I am a molecular biologist and took my doctoral degree in 2013 at Lund University. I came to SLU at the department of plant protection in 2014. In 2016 I became a post doc at the department of Biosystems and technology, Microbial horticulture

Selected publications

M. Karlsson, G. Sahlén and K. Koch, 2010. Ovariole numbers and stepwise oocyte production in Libelluldae, Odonata. Odonatologica 39: 107-119

M. Karlsson. and H. Westerdahl, 2013. Characteristics of MHC class I genes in House sparrows Passer domesticus as revealed by long cDNA transcripts and amplicon sequencing. J. Mol. Evol. DOI 10.1007/s00239-013-9575-y.

 M. Karlsson, J. Schroeder, S. Nakagawa, H. Smith, T. Burke and H. Westerdahl, 2014. Survival is associated with a specific MHC-I allele, but not MHC diversity, in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). J. Avian Biol. DOI 0.1111/jav.00413.

ME. Karlsson and MO. Andersson. 2015. Babesia species in questing Ixodus ricinus, Sweden.Ticks and Tick-borne diseases.

MO. Andersson, B. Víchová, S. Krzyzanowska, C. Tolf, J. Waldenström, ME. Karlsson 2017. Co-infection with Babesia divergens and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in cattle (Bos taurus), Sweden.  Ticks and Tick-borne diseases. 8(6):933-935. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2017.08.005

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