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Martina Peter
interim teamleader
Organisational unit Forest Dynamics
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi PL C 41
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2288
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
Web / E-Mail

Research Focus

Mycorrhiza of Cenococcum geophilum

I am interested in diverse aspects of the symbiotic interaction between forest trees and fungi, the so called ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. I am studying the neutral and functional diversities of mycorrhizal fungi in forests and their role for forest ecosystems in a changing environment. In particular the impact of drought and nitrogen deposition on the community structure and function of mycorrhizal fungi is in my research focus. I am also interested in the role of the genetic variation within host trees in structuring the inter- and intraspecific diversities of associated mycorrhizal fungi. I am mostly using molecular markers to study the neutral diversity of mycorrhizal fungi and both gene expression and enzymatic assays for functional studies. Currently I am involved in the following projects:

  • Stillberg enzyme activities: The impact of climate change on ectomycorrhizal community structure and extracellular enzyme acitivities at the alpine treeline. FACE and soil warming experiment in Stillberg, Davos
  • WATER: Influence of the genetic variation within Pinus sylvestris and the site water regime on the neutral and functional diversities of its ectomycorrhizal fungal associate Cenococcum geophilum (genetic and genomic methods; EC-supported Network of Excellence Evoltree; project leader)
  • FUNDIV - FUNctional DIVersity. Conserving and exploiting the functional diversity of ectomycorrhizal communities in forest ecosystems (genetic, genomic methods and enzymatic assays; Agence Nationale de la recherche, F)
  • Exploring the Genome Diversity of Mycorrhizal Fungi to Unearth Symbiosis Evolution: Whole genome sequencing of up to 25 mycorrhizal fungal species (U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute DOE JGI), INRA Nancy among others