Sunil Mundra

Researcher
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Visiting address Kristine Bonnevies Hus Blindernveien 31 0371 Oslo Norway
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 Oslo Norway

Academic interests

I am a microbial ecologist with broad interest in terrestrial environment to strengths the research related to polar and forests, biodiversity and ecosystem services in dynamic environments. Overall, I am interested in understanding how changes in biotic and abiotic conditions influence microbial communities and functionality in various ecosystem including Arctic as one of the interesting focus. My major future research interests are but not limited to: ecology of bacteria, fungi, and micro-eukaryotes in different ecosystem, plant-microbe interaction; glacier/permafrost microbiology, biogeochemical cycling, bioremediation, functional biodiversity in different settings (tundra to forested), Responses and adaption of microorganisms to global changes and human/human-made-environmental microbiome.

Background

My formal training is in Microbiology, and my research interests are in ecology and evolution of the microorganism using cutting-edge molecular tools. My research experience range from studying traditional culture-based to advanced microbial ecology methods (metabarcoding and metagenomics); exploring various fields related to polar and forest microbiology, plant-microbial interactions, role of microbes in biogeochemical cycling, and effect of climate change on microbes etc. My doctoral dissertation (completed in 2015) contributed significantly to the understanding of High-arctic ecology that guide fungal diversity and compositional shift at various spatial and temporal scales. Presently, I am working as a researcher at Oslo Mycology group and  in close association with Professor Håvard Kauserud and Dr. Luis Morgado. My current research uses a combination of metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metabarcoding (Bacteria, Fungi and Micro-eukaryotes including protist, nematodes, arthropodes) techniques to understand the taxonomical and functional shift in microbial communities with tree species changes (unmanaged birch to managed spruce plantation) in Norwegian boreal forest ecosystem.

Tags: Fungi, Ecology, Microbiology, forest, High-throughput sequencing

Publications

Bahram M., Hildebrand F., Forsland K., Anderson J.L., Soudzilovskaia N.A., Bodegom P.M., Anslan S., Bengtsson-Palme J., Coelho L.P., Harend H., Maltz M.R., Mundra S., Olsson P.A., Pent M, Põlme S., Sunagawa S., Ryberg M., Tedersoo L. and Bork P. (2018) Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome. Nature 560, 233-237  

Jacobsen M.J., Sverdrup-Thygeson A., Kauserud H., Mundra S. and Birkemoe T. (2018) Exclusion of invertebrates influences saprotrophic fungal community and wood decay rate in an experimental field study. Functional Ecology https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13196

Paul F., Schmitt I., Otte J., Mundra S.* and Balint M.* (2018) Pathogen without borders: Sphaerulina populicola is genetically diverse and spreads freely through the host tree´s range. PeerJ Preprints, 6:e26985v1; https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.26985v1 *Shared senior authors

Lorberau K, Botnen S.S., Mundra S., Aas A.B., Rozema J., Eidesen P.B., and Kauserud H. (2017) Does warming by open-top chambers induce change in the root-associated fungal community of the arctic dwarf-shrub Cassiope tetragona (Ericaceae)? Mycorrhiza

Mundra S, Bahram M and Eidesen PB (2016) Alpine bistort (Bistorta vivipara) in edge habitats associates with fewer but distinct ectomycorrhizal fungal species: a comparative study of three contrasting soil environments in Svalbard. Mycorrhiza

Mundra S, Halvorsen R, Kaserusd H, Bahram M, Tedersoo L, Elberling B, Cooper EJ and Eidesen PB (2016) Ectomycorrhizal and saptrotrophic fungi respond differently to long-term experimentally increased snow depth in the High-Arctic archipelago Svalbard. MicrobiologyOpen. 

Mundra S, Bahram M, Tedersoo L, Kaserusd H, Halvorsen R, and Eidesen PB (2015) Temporal variation of Bistorta vivipara-associated ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in the High-Arctic. Molecular Ecology, 24, 6289-6302.

Mundra S, Halvorsen R, Kauserud H, Muller E, Vik U, Eidesen PB (2014) Arctic fungal communities associated with roots of Bistorta vivipara do not respond to the same fine-scale edaphic gradients as the above-ground vegetation. New Phytologist, 205:4, 1587–1597.

Mundra S, Arora R and Stobdan T (2011) Solubilization of insoluble inorganic phosphates by a novel temperature-, pH-, and salt- tolerant yeast, Rhodotorula sp. PS4, isolated from seabuckthorn rhizosphere, growing in cold desert of Ladakh, India. World J Microbiol Biotechnol, 27, 2387–2396.

Arora R, Mundra S,Yadav A, Srivastava RB and Stobdan T (2012)  Antimicrobial activity of seed, pomace and leaf extracts of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) against foodborne and food spoilage pathogens. African Journal of Biotechnology, 11:45, 10424-10430.

Ali Z., Korekar G., Mundra S., Yadav A. and Stobdan T. (2011) Quality attributes of seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) squash during storage. Indian Journal of Horticulture. 64:4, 479-483. 

Targais K., Stobdan T., Mundra S., Ali Z., Yadav A., Korekar G. and Singh S.B. (2012) Chhang: barley based alcoholic beverage of Ladakh, India. Ind. J. of Traditional Knowledge. 11:1, 190-193. 

Stobdan T., Chaurasia O.P., Korekar G., Mundra S., Ali Z., Yadav A. and Singh S.B. (2010) Attributes of Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) to Meet Nutritional Requirements in High Altitude. Defence Science Journal, 60:2, 226-230.

  • Mundra, Sunil; Kauserud, Håvard; Økland, Tonje; Nordbakken, Jørn-Frode; Ransedokken, Yngvild Eidissen & Kjønaas, O. Janne (2022). Shift in tree species changes the belowground biota of boreal forests. New Phytologist. ISSN 0028-646X. p. 1–15. doi: 10.1111/nph.18109.
  • Tedersoo, Leho; Mikryukov, Vladimir; Anslan, Sten; Bahram, Mohammad; Khalid, Abdul Nasir & Corrales, Adriana [Show all 95 contributors for this article] (2021). The Global Soil Mycobiome consortium dataset for boosting fungal diversity research. Fungal diversity. ISSN 1560-2745. 111(1), p. 573–588. doi: 10.1007/s13225-021-00493-7. Full text in Research Archive
  • Maillard, François; Fernandez, Christopher W.; Mundra, Sunil; Heckman, Katherine A.; Kolka, Randall & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Warming drives a ‘hummockification’ of microbial communities associated with decomposing mycorrhizal fungal necromass in peatlands. New Phytologist. ISSN 0028-646X. p. 1–12. doi: 10.1111/nph.17755.
  • Mohamed, Nazar; Litlekalsøy, Jorunn; Ahmed, Israa Abdul Rhman ; Martinsen, Einar Marius Hjellestad; Furriol, Jessica & Javier-Lopez, Ruben [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2021). Analysis of salivary mycobiome in a cohort of oral squamous cell carcinoma patients from Sudan identifies higher salivary carriage of malassezia as an independent and favorable predictor of overall survival. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. ISSN 2235-2988. 11, p. 1–15. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.673465. Full text in Research Archive
  • Tonjer, Lea-Rebekka; Thoen, Ella; Morgado N, Luis; Botnen, Synnøve; Mundra, Sunil & Nybakken, Line [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2021). Fungal community dynamics across a forest–alpine ecotone. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 30(19), p. 4926–4938. doi: 10.1111/mec.16095. Full text in Research Archive
  • Danielsen, Jørgen Skyrud; Morgado, Luis; Mundra, Sunil; Nybakken, Line; Davey, Marie Louise & Kauserud, Håvard (2021). Establishment of spruce plantations in native birch forests reduces soil fungal diversity. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. ISSN 0168-6496. 97(7). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiab074. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Ehrich, Dorothee; Mundra, Sunil; Vader, Anna & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2021). Can root-associated fungi mediate the impact of abiotic conditions on the growth of a High Arctic herb? Soil Biology and Biochemistry. ISSN 0038-0717. 159. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108284. Full text in Research Archive
  • Mundra, Sunil; Kjønaas, O. Janne; Morgado, Luis; Krabberød, Anders Kristian; Ransedokken, Yngvild & Kauserud, Håvard (2021). Soil depth matters: shift in composition and inter-kingdom co-occurrence patterns of microorganisms in forest soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. ISSN 0168-6496. 97(3). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiab022. Full text in Research Archive
  • Põlme, Sergei; Abarenkov, Kessy; Nilsson, R. Henrik; Lindahl, Björn D.; Clemmensen, Karina E. & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 74 contributors for this article] (2021). FungalTraits: a user‑friendly traits database of fungi and fungus‑like stramenopiles. Fungal diversity. ISSN 1560-2745. doi: 10.1007/s13225-020-00466-2. Full text in Research Archive
  • Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Mundra, Sunil; Kauserud, Håvard & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2020). Glacier retreat in the High Arctic: Opportunity or threat for ectomycorrhizal diversity? FEMS Microbiology Ecology. ISSN 0168-6496. 96(12). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiaa171. Full text in Research Archive
  • Straumfors, Anne; Foss, Oda Astrid Haarr; Fuss, Janina; Mollerup, Steen Kristen; Kauserud, Håvard & Mundra, Sunil (2019). The inhalable mycobiome of sawmill workers: Exposure characterization and diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. ISSN 0099-2240. 85(21), p. 1–17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01448-19.
  • Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Carlsen, Tor; Thoen, Ella & Heegaard, Einar [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2019). Biogeography of plant root-associated fungal communities in the North Atlantic region mirrors climatic variability. Journal of Biogeography. ISSN 0305-0270. 46(7), p. 1532–1546. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13613.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil; Cooper, Elisabeth J. & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2019). Dead or alive; or does it really matter? Level of congruency between trophic modes in total and active fungal communities in High Arctic soil. Frontiers in Microbiology. ISSN 1664-302X. 9. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03243. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bahram, Mohammad; Hildebrand, Falk; Forslund, Sofia K.; Anderson, Jennifer L.; Soudzilovskaia, Nadejda A. & Bodegom, Peter M. [Show all 21 contributors for this article] (2018). Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome. Nature. ISSN 0028-0836. 560(7717), p. 233–237. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0386-6.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Kauserud, Håvard; Mundra, Sunil & Birkemoe, Tone (2018). Exclusion of invertebrates influences saprotrophic fungal community and wood decay rate in an experimental field study. Functional Ecology. ISSN 0269-8463. 32(11), p. 2571–2582. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13196. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lorberau, Kelsey; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Mundra, Sunil; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Rozema, Jelte & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). Does warming by open-top chambers induce change in the root-associated fungal community of the arctic dwarf shrub Cassiope tetragona (Ericaceae)? Mycorrhiza. ISSN 0940-6360. 27(5), p. 513–524. doi: 10.1007/s00572-017-0767-y.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Halvorsen, Rune; Kauserud, Håvard; Bahram, Mohammad; Tedersoo, Leho & Elberling, Bo [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2016). Ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungi respond differently to long-term experimentally increased snow depth in the High Arctic. MicrobiologyOpen. ISSN 2045-8827. 5(5), p. 856–869. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.375. Full text in Research Archive
  • Mundra, Sunil; Bahram, Mohammad & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2016). Alpine bistort (Bistorta vivipara) in edge habitat associates with fewer but distinct ectomycorrhizal fungal species: a comparative study of three contrasting soil environments in Svalbard. Mycorrhiza. ISSN 0940-6360. 26(8), p. 809–818. doi: 10.1007/s00572-016-0716-1.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Bahram, Mohammad; Tedersoo, Leho; Kauserud, Håvard; Halvorsen, Rune & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2015). Temporal variation of Bistorta vivipara-associated ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in the High Arctic. Molecular Ecology. ISSN 0962-1083. 24(24), p. 6289–6302. doi: 10.1111/mec.13458.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Halvorsen, Rune; Kauserud, Håvard; Müller, Eike; Vik, Unni & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2015). Arctic fungal communities associated with roots of Bistorta vivipara do not respond to the same fine-scale edaphic gradients as the aboveground vegetation. New Phytologist. ISSN 0028-646X. 205(4), p. 1587–1597. doi: 10.1111/nph.13216.

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  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Mundra, Sunil & Kauserud, Håvard (2021). Climate change mitigation and tree species change - time perspectives and potential tradeoffs.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Barcena, Teresa G.; Hylen, Gro; Nordbakken, Jørn-Frode; Økland, Tonje & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Hvordan påvirker treslagsskifte karbonbinding og biomangfold?
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Bright, Ryan M.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2020). BalanC - The impact of increasing spruce plantation area on the carbon balance of forests in Western Norway. Preliminary conclusions .
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Bright, Ryan M.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2020). Treslagsskifte som klimatiltak.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bright, Ryan M.; Hylen, Gro; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Økland, Tonje & Nordbakken, Jørn-Frode [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2020). Karbonbalansen i skog på Vestlandet.
  • Morgado, Luis Neves; Mundra, Sunil; Kjønaas, Janne; Nybakken, L; Skarpaas, Olav & Nordén, Björn [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Space for time: Soil fungal communities across a boreal forest age gradient. 18th Congress of European Mycologists, Warzaw/Bialowieza, Poland 16-21 September 2019.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Bright, Ryan M.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2019). Karbonbalanse og treslagsskifte - foreløpig resultater fra BalanC.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Bright, Ryan M.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2019). Carbon balance and tree species change – preliminary results from BalanC.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kauserud, Håvard & Kjønaas, O. Janne (2019). Compositional shift in communities of bacteria and fungi following tree species change from unmanaged birch to managed spruce forest.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Mette, Hansen; Mundra, Sunil; Kauserud, Håvard & Hylen, Gro [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Effects of tree species change on soil characteristics in Western Norway - BalanC.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Birkemoe, Tone; Kauserud, Håvard & Mundra, Sunil (2019). Experimental exclusion of invertebrates influences saprotrophic fungal community and wood decay rate in the field.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kjønaas, O. Janne & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Compositional shift in communities of bacteria and fungi following tree species change from unmanaged birch to managed spruce forest.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kjønaas, O. Janne & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Soil depth matters: Bacteria, fungi and micro-eukaryotes are all strongly structured by soil depth. In Kettunen, Krista & Kiikkilä, Oili (Ed.), 3rd Conference on Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018. LUKE. ISSN 978-952-326-584-4. p. 157–157.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Mundra, Sunil; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). How does tree species change affect forest soil C stocks, C mineralization rates, organic matter stability and microbial diversity? In Kettunen, Krista & Kiikkilä, Oili (Ed.), 3rd Conference on Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018. LUKE. ISSN 978-952-326-584-4. p. 134–134.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kjønaas, O. Janne & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Soil depth matters: Bacteria, fungi and micro-eukaryotes are strongly structured by soil Depth.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kjønaas, O. Janne & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Community of bacteria, fungi and micro-eukaryotes structured along soil forest stratification.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Mundra, Sunil; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Hansen, Mette; Hylen, Gro & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). How does tree species change affect forest soil C stocks, C mineralization rates, organic matter stability and microbial diversity? .
  • Tonjer, Lea-Rebekka; Thoen, Ella; Morgado, Luis Neves; Mundra, Sunil; Nybakken, Line & Bryn, Anders [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Changes in the soil fungal community across the mountain birch tree line ecotone.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Kauserud, Håvard; Mundra, Sunil & Birkemoe, Tone (2018). Exclusion of invertebrates influences saprotrophic fungal community and wood decay rate in an experimental field study.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete; Birkemoe, Tone; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Mundra, Sunil & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Experimental exclusion of invertebrates influences fungal community and wood decay rate.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil; Cooper, Elisabeth J. & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2018). Fungal trophic mode congruency based on rDNA and rRNA from snow fence experiment in High Arctic.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil; Vader, Anna; Wutkowska, Magdalena & Cooper, Elisabeth J. (2017). How fungi respond to experimentally increased snow depth.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2016). The response of soil fungal communities to increased snow cover in High Arctic.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2016). Increased snow depth changes functional composition in High Arctic fungal communities.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Lorberau, Kelsey & Kauserud, Håvard (2016). Spatial diversity and community composition of root associated fungi in the High Arctic archipelago Svalbard - environmental influence is scale dependent.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil; Vader, Anna & Cooper, Elisabeth J. (2015). Ectomycorrhizal fungi composition show resilience to experimentally increased snow depth in the High Arctic archipelago Svalbard.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil; Davey, Marie L.; Nadeau, Courtney & Kauserud, Håvard (2014). Plant-fungi interactions in Svalbard.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil & Kauserud, Håvard (2014). Can host genotype influence richness and composition of fungal root-symbionts in Bistorta vivipara in high-arctic tundra?

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