MPG Fungal Endophyte Paper Published

February 3rd, 2012

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Beau, Lorinda and Philip’s research on fungal endophytes has been fruitful. Their recent publication in the journal Fungal Ecology describes the surprising diversity of fungi colonizing white pine needles, including 26 genera not previously found in this plant. They also showed that endophyte communities varied depending on foliar nutrient status. Current research is exploring the potential of foliar endophytes to improve the resistance of white pines to blister rust; a disease that is currently eradicating white pines in the mountainous West.

About the Author

Ylva Lekberg

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.