Dr Laura Martinez-Suz

Research Leader


Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology (CPFB)


Comparative Fungal Biology


Fungal ecology; mycorrhizal symbiosis; ectomycorrhizas; community ecology; environmental drivers; fungal distributions, functional diversity; forests; oak; Alps

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I have a strong interest in fungal ecology, particularly in mycorrhizal symbiosis with a focus on ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi. I am especially interested in (1) the link between taxonomic and functional diversity of ECM fungi in forests and their implications in ecosystem processes; (2) the environmental factors that drive their diversity in the face to future forest changes and; (3) the specialization between ECM fungi and their tree hosts. The cryptic, below-ground growth of these fungi has been an obstacle to our understanding of them despite their pivotal role in terrestrial ecosystems.  In general, my research involves the application of molecular methods, which largely overcomes this obstacle, to address fundamental biological and ecological questions.

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • 2008: PhD, Forest Engineering, University of LLeida, Spain
  • 2003: MSc, Forest Engineering, University of LLeida, Spain
  • 2000: BSc. Biological Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid , Spain
Selected publications Plus

van der Linde, S., Suz*, L.M., Orme, C.D.L. et al. (2018)

Environment and host as large-scale controls of ectomycorrhizal fungi.

Nature 558: 243–248.  

Brunner, I., Frey, B., Hartmann, M., Zimmermann, S., Graf, F., Suz, L.M., Niskanen, T, Bidartondo, MI, Senn-Irlet, B (2017).

Ecology of alpine macrofungi - combining historical with recent data.

Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 2066.

Suz, L.M., Kallow, S., Reed, K., Bidartondo, M.I. & Barsoum, N. (2017)

Pine mycorrhizal communities in pure and mixed pine-oak forests: abiotic environment trumps neighboring oak host effects.

Forest Ecology and Management 406: 370-380.

Suz, L.M., Barsoum, N., Benham, S., Cheffings, C., Cox, F., Hackett, L., Jones, A.G., Mueller, G.M., Orme, D., Seidling, W., Van der Linde, S. & Bidartondo, M.I. (2015)

Monitoring ectomycorrhizal fungi at large scales for science, forest management, fungal conservation and environmental policy

Annals of Forest Science

Suz, L.M., Barsoum, N., Benham, S., Dietrich, H.-P., Fetzer, K.D., Fischer, R., García, P., Gehrman, J., Kristöfel, F., Manninger, M., Neagu, S., Nicolas, M., Oldenburger, J., Raspe, S., Sánchez, G., Schröck, H.W., Schubert, A., Verheyen, K., Verstraeten, A. & Bidartondo*, M.I. (2014 )

Environmental drivers of ectomycorrhizal communities in Europe's temperate oak forests

Molecular Ecology 23: 5628–5644. 

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