Linde Group - Population genetics, evolution, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics of fungi

Wasp pollinating an orchid

Our main research interest is in fungal-plant-interactions. Our work includes both applied and pure research on a range of important pathogens including barley scald, barley net blotch, Ascochyta on chickpea, Phytophthora etc. We study 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.


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Truffle hyphae. Photo curtesy of Celeste Linde
Dr Celeste Linde has been working with people in the Australian truffle industry who are having trouble producing their crop.


Celeste Linde and Monica Ruibal, orchid sampling

Celeste Linde

We explore patterns of fungal population diversity and their interactions with plants.

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