Associate Professor

Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU

Malin Elfstrand

Resistance mechanisms in forest trees

I am interested in how plants respond when meeting fungi with different lifestyles along the parasitic to symbiotic continuum. I work with several different aspect of this question, but my group mainly focus have become host tree resistance to forest pathogens. Our favourite study system is the Norway spruce/Heterobasidion annosum interaction, but we also work with Fraxinus/Hymenoschyphus and mycorrhizal interactions. We use combinations of quantitative and molecular genetics techniques try to unpin the molecular mechanisms underlying e.g. a successful defence to a pathogen.


Examples of publications