Ylva Lekberg

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Ylva Lekberg
Ph.D. Ecologist
Ylva graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a M.Sc. in Biology and Horticulture in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2004. She received the Alumni Association Dissertation Award for her work in agroecology and subsistence farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. Post-doctoral positions at Montana State University and later at Copenhagen University as a Marie Curie Fellow have allowed her to explore the role of mycorrhiza, a root-fungus symbiosis, for geothermal plants in Yellowstone National Park and coastal grasslands in Denmark. Her research has been published in journals such as Ecology, Journal of Ecology and New Phytologist.

Ylva currently works at MPG Ranch as a soil ecologist. She explores the role of mycorrhiza in the success of exotic plants and examines the use of specific pathogens to combat invasions. In her spare time Ylva mountain-bikes, plays soccer, and maintains a large vegetable garden.

Gerard Sapes, Patrick Demaree, Ylva Lekberg, Anna Sala  (2021).  Plant carbohydrate depletion impairs water relations and spreads via ectomycorrhizal networks.  New Phytologist  229: 3172-3183. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17134.
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Lorinda S. Bullington, Ylva Lekberg, Beau G. Larkin   (2021).  Insufficient sampling constrains our characterization of plant microbiomes.  Scientific Reports  11, 364 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83153-9.
Published Paper

Morgan Luce McLeod, Lorinda Bullington, Cory C. Cleveland, Johannes Rousk, Ylva Lekberg,  (2021).  Invasive plant-derived dissolved organic matter alters microbial communities and carbon cycling in soils.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry  Vol 156, 108191. ISSN 0038-0717, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108191..
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Ylva Lekberg, Carlos A. Arnillas, Elizabeth T. Borer, Lorinda S. Bullington, Noah Fierer, Peter G. Kennedy, Jonathan W. Leff, Angela D. Luis, Eric W. Seabloom, Jeremiah A. Henning   (2021).  Nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization consistently favor pathogenic over mutualistic fungi in grassland soils.  Nature Communications  12, 3484 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23605-y.
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