Soils contain most of the planets undiscovered biodiversity and yet we know very little about it. The soil biota is vital: they recycle nutrients, produce and consume gases that affect global climate, destroy pollutants, treat wastes and can be used for biocontrol of plant and animal pests. Microorganisms including bacteria and fungi are key agents controlling and regulating these processes and interactions.
The research in the Microbial Ecology Group is aiming at identifying the microorganisms that carry out carbon and nitrogen turnover in soils, particularly forest soils, characterize these processes and identify how they are regulated under different environmental scenarios. A major focus is on symbiotic interactions between fungi and plants roots. We are also studying parasitic interactions between fungi and soil-living nematodes. Evolution of symbiotic and parasitic fungi is examined using tools of genomics and functional genomics.
We have excellent facilities for research on soil microorganisms including growth chambers, microscopes, HPLC and GC for lipid biomarker analysis, UV and emission fluorescence spectrophotometers. We are host for the Lund University DNA Sequencing Facility.
We are active as teachers in a number of courses at undergraduate and PhD level in the areas of terrestrial ecology, soil ecology, molecular ecology, environmental sciences and genomics.
Dept of Biology, Lund University
Ecology Building (Sölvegatan 37)
SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden