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Daniel Lindner

Research Plant Pathologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9511
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Current Research

My current research examines how human actions can affect fungal communities, and how the resulting changes can affect ecosystem function, especially carbon cycling. I am particularly interested in wood-inhabiting fungi and the development of DNA-based methods for detecting fungi in environmental samples. I also work with biosystematics of fungi, with an emphasis on fungi in the Antrodia-clade of polypores. Current projects include:

  • Investigating the effects of nitrogen fertilization on wood-decay rates and carbon respiration in northern forests
  • Determining the effects of mortality agent (wind-throw vs. beetle-kill) on decay patterns in spruce forests
  • Investigating evolutionary patterns and species boundaries in Laetiporus (Sulfur Shelf or Chicken of the Woods) and Wolfiporia
  • Bio-geographic and systematic studies of fungi from the Caribbean basin, especially Belize
  • Surveys of root-associated fungi in the upper Midwestern US, including mycorrhizal fungi associated with American chestnut

Research Interests

  • Determining the effects of biomass harvesting on wood-inhabiting fungal communities in aspen ecosystems
  • Investigating species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in the brown-rot genus Daedalea

Why This Research is Important

Fungi are the only organisms capable of efficiently releasing the carbon stored in woody plant material. When human actions affect fungal communities, the resulting changes could affect how much carbon an ecosystem sequesters or returns to the atmosphere. DNA-based methods for studying wood-inhabiting fungal communities are needed to fully understand the links between changes in the fungal community and changes in decay rates and carbon respiration.


  • University of Wisconsin,Madison, Ph.D. Dept. of Plant Pathology
  • University of Wisconsin,Madison, B.S. Dept. of Botany

Professional Organizations

  • Mycological Society of America
  • North American Mycological Association
  • Wisconsin Mycological Society

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Research Highlights


DNA Tool Detects White-Nose Syndrome Fungus in Bat Caves

NRS scientists Daniel Lindner and Jessie Glaeser are collaborating with the USGS Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, WI, to characterize the ...


Is the Little Brown Bat's Immune System Adapting to White-nose Syndrome?

A small number of little brown bat populations have persisted in the eastern United States after a decade of exposure to the fungal pathogen res ...


Lethal Fungus that Causes White-nose Syndrome May Have an Achilles` Heel

Since it was discovered in New York State in 2006, white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats and may have spread as far west as Washington ...


Role of leaf litter in above ground wood decay

FPL researchers in Wood Durability and Protection investigate the contributions of leaf litter accumulation to the decay of wood in above ground ...


Scientists Isolate and Perform Next-generation DNA-sequencing of Genome of the Fungus Causing White-nose Syndrome

Forest Service scientists isolated and performed next-generation DNA-sequencing of the entire genome of the white-nose syndrome fungus discovere ...


Web-enabled Database for Center for Forest Mycology Research Expanded

The culture collection and herbarium maintained by the Center of Forest Mycology Research (CFMR) in Madison, Wisconsin is one of the largest fun ...


Last updated on : 11/01/2021