Bioinnovations from endophytic fungi of forest trees

Reference number 2011-01350
Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för sydsvensk skogsvetenskap
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 050 000
Project duration December 2011 - December 2015
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The aim of this mobility project was to support my research on endophytic fungi of forest trees as a source of bioinnovations. The key objectives were to develop research and technology infrastructure and enhance my qualifications as an academic leader, as well as my networks and partnerships. Project objectives were met through my research visits at partner units in Sweden, Finland and Spain, through production of 16 co-authored publications, development of research project proposals and initiation of new projects, as well as trainings that I attended with support from the project.

Expected results and effects

Scientific results from the project have been reported in 16 publications and several conference papers. Fungal endophytes with potential to produce bioactive chemicals have been identified and tested. Methods for further studies on the fungal metabolism were developed. The research team has expanded and a doctoral student has successfully defended her doctoral thesis. Merits from the project have been crucial to my nomination for a professorship and a number of academic commissions of trust. The project has promoted the mobility of researchers also at the department level.

Planned approach and implementation

I combined intensive research visits to partner units with work at the home institution and organized a number of short visits to promote research cooperations at the institutional level. I developed my knowledge of and skills in external funding and actively worked to disseminate research results at different international arenas. Involvement in scientific and strategic committees and steering groups strengthened my skills as a specialist. In addition, the project enabled the development of general skills, for example in leadership, which will be important for my future career.

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