Interactions between soil microorganisms and plants

Orchis purpurea (Stor Gøgeurt) from Møns Klint. Photo: Mirnesa Rizvanovic

We examine the relationship between specific soil microbial communities and plant growth; we are interested in both natural plant communities and crop plants. Wild orchids are often considered important indicators of valuable nature; thus all orchid-species are protected in Denmark. Orchids are often found in valuable natural habitats, for example, on “Høje Møn” and in “Allindelille Fredsskov”. At locations where orchids occur, their distribution is frequently patchy; moreover orchids often pop up in "weird" places such as e.g. garden lawns. This suggests that very specific conditions govern their occurrence. Important factors that determine their distribution are likely both abiotic (pH, lime content, humidity, etc.) and biotic i.e. specific soil-organisms. Most important are probably the fungi that the orchids parasitize “orchid mycorrhiza”.


















Name Title Phone E-mail
Flemming Ekelund Associate Professor +45 5182 7041 E-mail
Kristian Holst Laursen Assistant professor +45 3533 3728 E-mail
Mette Vestergård Madsen Researcher +45 8715 8121 E-mail
Rute da Fonseca Associate professor E-mail


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Project period: xxx 2020 - xxx 2025


Associate Professor
Flemming Ekelund
Terrestrial Ecology Section
Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Phone:  +45 51 82 70 41
Mobile: +45 22 43 63 01

Student projects

Contact Flemming Ekelund for more information on BSc, MSc and PhD student projects under this research project.