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.
Bunn, R. A., Simpson, D. T., Bullington, L. S., Lekberg, Y., & Janos, D. P. (2019). Revisiting the ‘direct mineral cycling’ hypothesis: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonize leaf litter, but why? The ISME Journal 13, 1891-1898. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0403-2.
Bueno, C. G., Aldrich-Wolfe, L., Chaudhary, V. B., Gerz, M., Helgason, T., Hoeksema, J. D., Lekberg, Y., ... & Öpik, M. (2019). Misdiagnosis and uncritical use of plant mycorrhizal data are not the only elephants in the room: A response to Brundrett & Tedersoo ‘Misdiagnosis of mycorrhizas and inappropriate recycling of data can lead to false conclusions'. The New Phytologist https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15976.
Rosche, C., Hensen, I., Schaar, A., Zehra, U., Jasieniuk, M., Callaway, R. M., Lekberg, Y., ... & Pal, R. W (2019). Climate outweighs native vs. non‐native range‐effects for genetics and common garden performance of a cosmopolitan weed. . Ecological Monographs e01386. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1386.
Bullington, L. S., Lekberg, Y., Sniezko, R., & Larkin, B. (2018). The influence of genetics, defensive chemistry and the fungal microbiome on disease outcome in whitebark pine trees. Molecular plant pathology 19(8), 1847-1858. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12663.