Kamilla Knorr


Kamilla Knorr
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PhD project: Fungal endophytes - potential tools for reducing Fusarium and its toxins in wheat.

Wheat (Triticum aestivum) is the most important cereal crop in Europe and the third most important worldwide. Grain yield and quality is often affected by pathogenic fungi. “One microbe - one disease” studies have for many years led to a better understanding of wheat diseases and their associated pathogens. In recent years, 2nd generation sequencing techniques have enabled studies on entire fungal communities, including the unculturable and rare fungi.

My PhD project explores the mycobiome in wheat. Potential poly-microbial interactions and effects in above-ground plant parts of wheat are studied in relation to a diverse set of factors in the agroecosystem with focus on pathogen presence and effects on the community. The study is based on 454 pyrosequencing supplemented with other molecular and classical mycological techniques.

The aim of the study is to provide insight into the diversity, stability, and complexity of wheat fungal communities and thereby add to a better understanding of poly-microbial interactions and effects in wheat.

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