Celeste Linde

Research interests

My main research interest is in fungal-plant-interactions. These interactions are either detrimental (ie pathogens) or beneficial (mycorrhizae) to the host plant. My work includes both applied and pure research on a range of important pathogens including barley scald, barley net blotch, Ascochyta on chickpea, Phytophthora etc. I am interested in evolutionary aspects of plant-pathogen-interactions, often utilising population genetic tools to investigate pathogen biology. We are also investigating the mycorrhizal species diversity, mycorrhizal population diversity and host specificity of orchid mycorrhizae. Speciation processes in orchids are facilitated by specific pollinator interactions, and possibly mycorrhizal interactions. We are using sexually deceptive orchids to study these interactions.

Recent grants

Major grants that I am linked to with other researchers

  • 2015-2020. The biosynthesis and evolution of novel semiochemicals in orchids. ARC Discovery.
  • 2014-2018. Diseases and pests of truffles and their trees in Australia. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
  • 2012-2016. ARC linkage. Above and below-ground specialisation in Australian orchids and its implications for diversification and vulnerability,
  • 2009-2014. ARC Linkage. Impacts of climate change for endangered Australian orchids.
  • 2009-2012. ARC Linkage. Aschochyta blight of chickpea.

Major grants I have personally won

  • 2017-2020. Funded by Australia and Pacific Science Foundation.  “Taxonomic characterisation of Australian Serendipita fungi”.
  • 2013-2019 Funded by the Grain Research Corporation “Investigating the role of weedy grasses in contributing to diseases on cultivated barley.
  • 2012-2013.    Funded by the Grain Research Corporation “Evolution of virulence in Pyrenophora teres” .
  • 2005-2009 Funded by the Grain Research Corporation 'Identifying and managing durable resistance in barley against scald'.
  • 2009-2012 Funded by the Grain Research Corporation 'Disease resistance and epidemiology of scald and net form of net blotch'.
  • 2009-2013 Funded by the Rural Industry for Research Development Corporation 'Investigation of factors to improve black truffle yield'.

Selected publications

All publications


  • A fungal component in BIOL 2122 - Australian Plant Diversity
  • A fungal component in BIOL 1009. This lecture serves as an introduction to fungi.


  • BIOL 3137 was a third year course designed to give students who end up continuing into an Honours, a good foundation in molecular techniques. I designed and coordinated this course for 3 years, teaching formal lectures for 6 weeks, and supervising lab-based projects for 6 weeks
  • Biology 3151 was a large third year course, it typically has enrollments of around 60. I teach 4 weeks of this course
  • Masters in Molecular Genetic Analysis, lectured
  • BIOL 8211 and BIOL 8212. Coordinated both courses and similar to BIOL 3137, but with a masters component
  • BIOL 8121 and BIOL 8122. Coordinated both courses. Assessment associated with a national workshop ‘Molecular analyses in epidemiology'.

Supervised students