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Stina Jakobsson

Research assistant

Stina Jakobsson
Research assistant
+46 31 786 6720

Postal Address: Tjärnö, 45296 Tjärnö
Visiting Address: Tjärnö , 45296 Tjärnö

Department of Marine Sciences (More Information)
Box 461
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22 B , 413 19 Göteborg

About Stina Jakobsson

Supervisors: Henrik Pavia and Gunilla Toth, Department of Marine Sciences, Gothenburg University. Julia Kubanek, School of Biology and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology.

My research
My research focus on the interactions between eelgrass, Zostera marina, and a pathogen associated with the plant called Labyrinthula zosterae.

Z. marina forms meadows on shallow soft bottom areas with important ecological and economical implications. Over the last decades Z. marina has unfortunately been disappearing. This has been denoted to several factors where decimation due to virulent pathogens has been poorly studied. My work focus on the host-pathogen interactions between Z. marina and the endophytic L. zosterae which causes black necrotic lesions on Z. marina leaves, commonly referred to as wasting disease. However, L. zosterae  rarely become epidemic and it has therefore been suggested that Z. marina is chemically defended against the patoghen by the production of secondary metabolites. The first support for this was found last year and we are now interested to further investigate this chemical defense and how it affects L. zosterae. Some questions we are trying to answer are; how is the defense located in the plant? Are healthier Z. marina populations better defended? Does natural disturbances and climate change affect Z. marina’s production of secondary metabolites and thereby the resistance against Labyrinthula?

My research is funded by Formas.


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