This lab revolves around plant-based species interactions. Our key aim is to use experimental, theoretical and molecular techniques to study interkingdom interactions between plants, microbes and insects. For this, we will initially focus on three familiar study systems: the below- and aboveground food web surrounding the plant Plantago lanceolata, the pathogen and insect metacommunity on the pedunculate oak Quercus robur, and the landscape ecology of pathogens and insects on the coffee tree Arabica coffea in southwestern Ethiopia. In the coming years we hope to explore new study systems, like the systemic disease community on the wood anemone Anemone nemorosa, the smut fungus on the evening primrose Primula farinosa and the microbial community associated with Sweden's wild plants. Overall, we are broadly interested how ecological and evolutionary interactions between plants, insects and microbes play out in a spatial setting.

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Our lab has many opportunities for learning about insects, microbes, community dynamics and spatial ecology in Sweden’s forests and meadows. Or if you prefer to explore the coffee shrubs, pests and diseases, biodiversity and the livelihood of smallholder farmers in the southwestern Ethiopian highlands. Find out more...