Fede Berckx

Fede Berckx


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 37 60
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 493
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a doctoral candidate in the group of  Katharina Pawlowski group, working on nitrogen fixating bacteria of the genus Frankia and their symbiosis with actinorhizal plants. 

Actinorhizal plants are a diverse group which has members in 8 different families within the orders Cucurbitales, Fagales, and Rosales. Frankia can be divided into 4 different clusters, of which member from cluster-4 do not engage in symbiosis. The evolution of Frankia cluster-2 and its host plants is of our particular interest. Current phylogenetic research indicates this cluster is the most basal of all four Frankia clusters. In addition, recent advances in the origin of root nodule symbiosis suggest the common ancestor of the nitrogen fixing clade was symbiotic (actinorhizal plants, legumes, and all lineages which lost symbiotic trait). By investigating Frankia cluster-2 symbiosis, we hope to get more insights into genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the capability of this symbiosis. 



Outside of my research projects, I also have been involved in teaching in courses given at SU. These courses include plant physiology at bachelor level and molecular plant-microbe interactions at master level. I have also been involved in the supervision of individual master projects, bachelor project and internships. 


Thanh Van Nguyen, Daniel Wibberg, Theoden Vigil-Stenman, Fede Berckx, Kai Battenberg, Kirill N Demchenko, Jochen Blom, Maria P Fernandez, Takashi Yamanaka, Alison M Berry, Jörn Kalinowski, Andreas Brachmann, Katharina Pawlowski, Frankia-Enriched Metagenomes from the Earliest Diverging Symbiotic Frankia Cluster: They Come in Teams, Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 11, Issue 8, August 2019, Pages 2273–2291

Fede Berckx, Daniel Wibberg, Jörn Kalinowski, and Katharina Pawlowski. "The Peptidoglycan Biosynthesis Gene murC in Frankia: Actinorhizal vs. Plant Type." Genes 11, no. 4 (2020): 432.

Last updated: September 28, 2020

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