Mattias Edman


  • Professional title: Researcher
  • Academic title: Senior lecturer
  • Department: Department of Natural Sciences, Design and Sustainable Development (NDH)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1428429
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  • Room number: ON212c
  • Location: Sundsvall
  • Employee in the subject: Biology

My research focuses on the ecological consequences of habitat degradation and climate change on biodiversity and functioning of boreal forests. A major theme is fungal ecology and a general goal is to disentangle the underlying factors that structure fungal communities in wood. Understanding the consequences of environmental changes for wood decomposition processes and forest carbon cycling is another research focus. Currently, I’m particularly interested in how natural disturbances, climate change and forest management modify wood traits in living trees and how this may influence fungal dynamics and decomposition in the resulting dead wood.

Besides understanding the effects of habitat degradation, I also seek to determine how forest biodiversity and functioning may be restored by management that mimics natural processes. The research is mainly centered around the role of forest fire in shaping the forest structure and associated biodiversity. This includes evaluation of the effect of restoration fire on fungal communities and dead wood dynamics. Another potential restoration measure we evaluate is inoculation of fungi in living and dead trees to recreate biologically important woody substrates.


Articles in journals

Edman, M. , Hagos, S. & Carlsson, F. (2021). Warming effects of decomposition depend on fungal assembly history. Journal of Ecology, vol. 109: 4, pp. 1919-1930.    

Ljunggren, J. , Bylund, D. , Jonsson, B. , Edman, M. & Hedenström, E. (2020). Antifungal efficiency of individual compounds and evaluation of non-linear effects by recombining fractionated turpentine. Microchemical journal (Print), vol. 153    

Ljunggren, J. , Edman, M. , Jonsson, B. , Bylund, D. & Hedenström, E. (2020). Evaluation of fractionally distilled Picea abies TMP-turpentine on wood-decaying fungi : in vitro, microcosm and field experiments. Wood Science and Technology, vol. 54, pp. 847-868.    

Sandström, J. , Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. (2020). Rocky pine forests in the High Coast Region in Sweden: structure, dynamics and history. Nature Conservation, vol. 38, pp. 101-130.    

Zhang, R. , Carlsson, F. , Edman, M. , Hummelgård, M. , Jonsson, B. , Bylund, D. & Olin, H. (2018). Escherichia coli Bacteria Develop Adaptive Resistance to Antibacterial ZnO Nanoparticles. Advanced Biosystem, vol. 2: 5  

Venugopal, P. , Junninen, K. , Edman, M. & Kouki, J. (2017). Assemblage composition of fungal wood-decay species has major influence on how climate and wood quality modify decomposition. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 93: 3    

Carlsson, F. , Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. (2017). Increased CO2 evolution caused by heat treatment in wood-decaying fungi. Mycological progress, vol. 16: 5, pp. 513-519.    

Venugopal, P. , Junninen, K. , Linnakoski, R. , Edman, M. & Kouki, J. (2016). Climate and wood quality have decayer-specific effects on fungal wood decomposition. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 360, pp. 341-351.  

Edman, M. & Eriksson, A. (2016). Competitive outcomes between wood-decaying fungi are altered in burnt wood. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 92: 6, pp. 1-7.    

Hedenström, E. , Fagerlund-Edfeldt, A. , Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. (2016). Resveratrol, piceatannol, and isorhapontigenin from Norway spruce (Picea abies) debarking wastewater as inhibitors on the growth of nine species of wood-decaying fungi. Wood Science and Technology, vol. 50: 3, pp. 617-629.  

Edman, M. , Eriksson, A. & Villard, M. (2016). The importance of large-tree retention for the persistence of old-growth epiphytic bryophyte Neckera pennata in selection harvest systems. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 372, pp. 143-148.  

Ottosson, E. , Kubartova, A. , Edman, M. , Jönsson, M. , Lindhe, A. , Stenlid, J. & Dahlberg, A. (2015). Diverse ecological roles within fungal communities in decomposing logs of Picea abies. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 91: 3    

Fagerlund-Edfeldt, A. , Hedenström, E. , Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. G. (2014). Effect of Debarking Water from Norway Spruce (Picea abies) on the Growth of Five Species of Wood-Decaying Fungi. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C - A Journal of Biosciences, vol. 9-10: 69c, pp. 418-424.    

Carlsson, F. , Edman, M. , Holm, S. & Jonsson, B. G. (2014). Effect of heat on interspecific competition in saprotrophic wood fungi. Fungal ecology, vol. 11, pp. 100-106.  

Ottosson, E. , Nordén, J. , Dahlberg, A. , Edman, M. , Jönsson, M. , Larsson, K. , Olsson, J. , Penttillä, R. & et al. (2014). Species associations during the succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities. Fungal ecology, vol. 11, pp. 17-28.  

Edman, M. & Fällström, I. (2013). An introduced tree species alters the assemblage structure and functional composition of wood-decaying fungi in microcosms. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 306, pp. 9-14.  

Eriksson, A. , Olsson, J. , Jonsson, B. G. , Toivanen, S. & Edman, M. (2013). Effects of restoration fire on deadwood heterogeneity and availability in three Pinus sylvestris forests in Sweden. Silva Fennica, vol. 47: 2, pp. Art. no. 954    

Carlsson, F. , Edman, M. , Holm, S. , Eriksson, A. & Jonsson, B. G. (2012). Increased heat resistance in mycelia from wood fungi prevalent in forests characterized by fire : a possible adaptation to forest fire.. Fungal Biology, vol. 116: 10, pp. 1025-1031.  

Olsson, J. , Johansson, T. , Jonsson, B. G. , Hjältén, J. , Edman, M. & Ericson, L. (2012). Landscape and substrate properties affect species richness and community composition of saproxylic beetles. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 286, pp. 108-120.  

Jönsson, M. , Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. G. (2008). Colonization and extinction patterns of wood-decaying fungi in a boreal old-growth Picea abies forest. Journal of Ecology, vol. 96: 5, pp. 1065-1075.  

Edman, M. , Eriksson, A. & Villard, M. (2008). Effects of selection cutting on the abundance and fertility of indicator lichens Lobaria pulmonaria and Lobaria quercizans. Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 45: 1, pp. 26-33.  

Poulin, J. , Villard, M. , Edman, M. , Goulet, P. J. & Eriksson, A. (2008). Thresholds in nesting habitat requirements of an old forest specialist, the Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), as conservation targets. Biological Conservation, vol. 141: 4, pp. 1129-1137.  

Edman, M. , Jönsson, M. & Jonsson, B. G. (2007). Fungi and wind strongly influence the temporal availability of logs in an old-growth spruce forest. Ecological Applications, vol. 17: 2, pp. 482-490.  

Edman, M. , Möller, R. & Ericson, L. (2006). Effects of enhanced tree growth rate on the decay capacities of three saprotrophic wood-fungi. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 232: 1-3, pp. 12-18.  

Berglund, H. , Edman, M. & Ericson, L. (2005). Temporal variation of wood-fungi diversity in boreal old-growth forests: Implications for monitoring. Ecological Applications, vol. 15: 3, pp. 970-982.  

Edman, M. , Gustafsson, M. , Stenlid, J. & Ericson, L. (2004). Abundance and viability of fungal spores along a forestry gradient: responses to habitat loss and isolation?. Oikos, vol. 104: 1, pp. 35-42.  

Edman, M. , Kruys, N. & Jonsson, B. G. (2004). Local dispersal sources strongly affect colonization patterns of wood-decaying fungi on experimental spruce logs. Ecological Applications, vol. 14: 3, pp. 893-901.  

Edman, M. , Gustafsson, M. , Stenlid, J. , Jonsson, B. G. & Ericson, L. (2004). Spore deposition of wood-decaying fungi : Importance of landscape composition. Ecography, vol. 27: 1, pp. 103-111.  

Edman, M. & Gustafsson, M. (2003). Wood-disc traps provide a robust method for studying spore dispersal of wood-decaying basidiomycetes. Mycologia, vol. 95: 3, pp. 553-556.

Edman, M. & Jonsson, B. G. (2001). Spatial pattern of downed logs and wood-living fungi in an old-growth spruce forest. Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 12: 5, pp. 609-620.

Dettki, H. , Edman, M. , Esseen, P. , Hedenås, H. , Jonsson, B. G. , Kruys, N. , Moen, J. & Renhorn, K. E. (1998). Screening for species potentially sensitive to habitat fragmentation. Ecography, vol. 21: 6, pp. 649-652.  

Articles, reviews/surveys

Undin, M. , Atrena, A. , Carlsson, F. , Edman, M. , Jonsson, B. G. & Sandström, J. (2022). To what extent does surrounding landscape explain stand-level occurrence of conservation-relevant species in fragmented boreal and hemi-boreal forest?–a systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, vol. 11: 1  

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