Sezer Olivia Kaya

About me

I am a PhD student in the Forest Pathology research group at Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre in Alnarp since 2022. I was graduated from the Biology department in Turkey, and completed my Masters at the University of Aberdeen, Environmental and Forest Management Program. My Masters dissertation focused on morphological and molecular characterisation of Neonectria fuckeliana on spruce.

About my research project

My study focuses on the current and prospective biotic threats on broadleaf trees in Sweden.

Heterobasidion root rot and spruce/birch admixtures, project 1, will include field studies and laboratory analysis to investigate how root rot (Heterobasidion annosum) infected birch stumps contribute to secondary spread on roots. Besides, the efficacy of RotStop S® on birch stumps will be investigated.

For project 2, stem rot in Populus spp. will be analysed in sapwood and heartwood contributing to decay in aspen, hybrid aspen and poplar.

Project 3 aims to define the Phytophthora distribution and diversity in birch in Sweden. In project 4, susceptibility of European birch to Agrilus Anxius (Bronze Birch Borer) will be assessed and the portable early detection tool based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) of DNA in birch garden trials will be validated.

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