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.

  • Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Carlsen, Tor; Thoen, Ella; Heegaard, Einar; Vik, Unni; Dresch, Philipp; Mundra, Sunil; Peintner, Ursula; Taylor, Andy F. S. & Kauserud, Håvard (2019). Biogeography of plant root-associated fungal communities in the North Atlantic region mirrors climatic variability. Journal of Biogeography.  ISSN 0305-0270.  46(7), s 1532- 1546 . doi: 10.1111/jbi.13613 Show summary
  • 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:e01448-19(21), s 1- 17 . doi: 10.1128/AEM.01448-19 Show summary
  • 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. Show summary
  • Bahram, Mohammad; Hildebrand, Falk; Forslund, Sofia K.; Anderson, Jennifer L.; Soudzilovskaia, Nadejda A.; Bodegom, Peter M.; Bengtsson-Palme, Johan; Anslan, Sten; Coelho, Luis Pedro; Harend, Helery; Huerta-Cepas, Jaime; Medema, Marnix H.; Maltz, Mia R.; Mundra, Sunil; Olsson, Pål Axel; Pent, Mari; Põlme, Sergei; Sunagawa, Shinichi; Ryberg, Martin; Tedersoo, Leho & Bork, Peer (2018). Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  560(7717), s 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), s 2571- 2582 . doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13196 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lorberau, Kelsey; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Mundra, Sunil; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Rozema, Jelte; Eidesen, Pernille Bronken & Kauserud, Håvard (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), s 513- 524 . doi: 10.1007/s00572-017-0767-y

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  • 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.
  • Kjønaas, O. Janne; Bárcena, Teresa G.; Mette, Hansen; Mundra, Sunil; Kauserud, Håvard; Hylen, Gro; Økland, Tonje & Nordbakken, Jørn-Frode (2019). Effects of tree species change on soil characteristics in Western Norway - 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.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig Margrete; Birkemoe, Tone; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Mundra, Sunil & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Experimental exclusion of invertebrates influences fungal community and wood decay rate.
  • 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.
  • 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 Krista Kettunen & Oili Kiikkilä (ed.),  3rd Conference on Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018.  LUKE.  ISBN 978-952-326-584-4.  P117.  s 134 - 134 Show summary
  • 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?.
  • Mundra, Sunil; Morgado, Luis Neves; Kjønaas, O. Janne & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Community of bacteria, fungi and micro-eukaryotes structured along soil forest stratification..
  • 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 Krista Kettunen & Oili Kiikkilä (ed.),  3rd Conference on Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018.  LUKE.  ISBN 978-952-326-584-4.  P164.  s 157 - 157 Show summary
  • 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..
  • Tonjer, Lea-Rebekka; Thoen, Ella; Morgado, Luis Neves; Mundra, Sunil; Nybakken, Line; Bryn, Anders & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Changes in the soil fungal community across the mountain birch tree line ecotone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2016). Increased snow depth changes functional composition in High Arctic fungal communities.
  • Wutkowska, Magdalena; Vader, Anna; Mundra, Sunil & Eidesen, Pernille Bronken (2016). The response of soil fungal communities to increased snow cover in High Arctic.
  • 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 & 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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