Symbiotic associations between organisms are common in ecosystems, but mutual benefits may be conditional depending on the environment and the genotypes of interacting partners. The widespread associations of Epichloë endophytes (ascomycete fungi) with grass hosts are used as a model system to address questions regarding the evolution of mutualism, host-symbiont dynamics and cryptic speciation of fungi. Currently, one of our research projects is focused on the significance of hybridizations in asexual endophytes of the woodland grass Hordelymus europaeus.
- A king amongst dwarfs: Boletus edulis forms ectomycorrhiza with dwarf willow in the Swiss Alps
Treindl A, Leuchtmann A.
Alpine Botany 10.1007/s00035-019-00218-2 2019
- Large Scale Screening of Epichloë Endophytes Infecting Schedonorus pratensis and Other Forage Grasses Reveals a Relation Between Microsatellite-Based Haplotypes and Loline Alkaloid Levels
Giovanni Cagnano, Niels Roulund, Christian Sig Jensen, Flavia Pilar Forte, Torben Asp and Adrian Leuchtmann
Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 10, pp. 765, Lausanne: Frontiers Research Foundation, 10.3389/fpls.2019.00765 2019.
- Truffles on the move
Ulf Büntgen, Helm Lendorff, Andreas Lendorff, Adrian Leuchtmann, Martina Peter, Istvan Bagi and Simon Egli
Frontiers in ecology and the environment, vol. 17: no. 4, pp. 200-202, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 10.1002/fee.2033 2019.
- Response of soil microbial communities to the application of a formulated Metarhizium brunneum biocontrol strain
Mayerhofer, Johanna; Rauch, Hannes; Hartmann, Martin; et al.
BIOCONTROL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Volume: 29 Issue: 6 Pages: 547-564 10.1080/09583157.2019.1566953 JUN 3 2019
- Botanophila flies, vectors of Epichloë fungal spores, are infected by Wolbachia
Lydia Pagel, Thomas L. Bultman, Karolina Górzyńska, Marlena Lembicz, Adrian Leuchtmann, Anne Sangliana and Nicola Richards
Mycology, vol. 10: no. 1, pp. 1-5, London: Taylor & Francis, https://doi.org/10.1080/21501203.2018.1515119 2019.
- Genomewide signatures of selection in Epichloe reveal candidate genes for host specialization
Schirrmann, Melanie K; Zoller, Stefan; Croll, Daniel; Stukenbrock, EH; Leuchtmann, A; Fior, S
MOLECULAR ECOLOGY Volume: 27 Issue: 15 Pages: 3070-3086 10.1111/mec.14585 AUG 2018
- Assessing effects of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum on soil microbial communities in Agriotes spp. biological pest control
Mayerhofer, Johanna; Eckard, Sonja; Hartmann, Martin; et al.
FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, 93 (10): OCT 2017 (Details)
- Biology and evolution of the Epichloe-associated Botanophila species found in Europe (Diptera: Anthomyiidae)
Leuchtmann, Adrian; Michelsen, Verner
INSECT SYSTEMATICS & EVOLUTION, 47 (1): 1-14 2016 (Details)
- The effect of Piriformospora indica on the root development of maize (Zea mays L.) and remediation of petroleum contaminated soil
Zamani, Javad; Hajabbasi, Mohammad Ali; Alaie, Ebrahim; et al.
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION, 18 (3): 278-287 2016 (Details)
- Multiplexed microsatellite markers for seven Metarhizium species
Mayerhofer, Johanna; Lutz, Andy; Widmer, Franco; et al.
JOURNAL OF INVERTEBRATE PATHOLOGY, 132: 132-134 NOV 2015 (Details)
- Two distinct Epichloe species symbiotic with Achnatherum inebrians, drunken horse grass
Chen, Li; Li, Xiuzhang; Li, Chunjie; et al.
MYCOLOGIA, 107 (4): 863-873 JUL-AUG 2015 (Details)
- Evolution of fungus/host systems
- Hybridization and cryptic speciation
- Interactions of fungi with gamete transferring flies
- Plant-microbe interactions
- Molecular genetics