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Ahmed Abdelfattah

Ahmed Abdelfattah

Postdoktor

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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 16 27
Email ahmed.abdelfattah@su.se
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N505
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm university, Department of Ecology, Environment, and Plant sciences. My research mainly focuses on microbial communities associated to plants. I am interested to understand their community structure, function, and interaction with their host and the environment.

In my past experience, I studied the fungal communities of several agricultural crops, including olive, citrus, strawberries, grape, wheat, and apples.

Currently, I am studying the microbial community of oak trees with a special focus on their spatial distribution within the tree, mechanisms of microbial inheritance, acquisition and transmission from the environment. 

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Ahmed Abdelfattah (et al.). PLoS ONE 13 (11)

    The olive fruit fly (OFF), Bactrocera oleae is the most devastating pest affecting olive fruit worldwide. Previous investigations have addressed the fungal microbiome associated with olive drupes or B. oleae, but the impact of the insect on fungal communities of olive fruit remains undescribed. In the present work, the fungal microbiome of olive drupes, infested and non-infested by the OFF, was investigated in four different localities and cultivars. Olive fruit fly infestations caused a general reduction of the fungal diversity, a higher quantity of the total DNA and an increase in taxa that remained unidentified or had unknown roles. The infestations led to imbalanced fungal communities with the growth of taxa that are usually outcompeted. While it was difficult to establish a cause-effect link between fly infestation and specific fungi, it is clear that the fly alters the natural microbial balance, especially the low abundant taxa. On the other hand, the most abundant ones, were not significantly influenced by the insect. In fact, despite the slight variation between the sampling locations, Aureobasidium, Cladosporium, and Alternaria, were the dominant genera, suggesting the existence of a typical olive fungal microbiome.

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Last updated: February 3, 2019

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