Kari Saikkonen


Biography






        Education



        Ph.D., University
        of Turku, Finland, 1994














        Previous work experience



        Research professor, Natural Resources
        Institute Finland, Luke, 2009 – 2018

        Station Manager, Kevo Subarctic Research
        Institute, University of Turku, 2007 – 2009

        Research professor, MTT Agrifood Research
        Finland, 2005 - 2007

        Academy Research Fellow Post, Academy of
        Finland, 2000 - 2005

        Senior Researcher, University of Turku (funded
        by Academy of Finland) 1997 – 2000

        Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Zoology,
        Arizona State University, USA (funded by Maytag Foundation and Academy of
        Finland), 1995 - 1997




















        Research



        My current research involves three main themes: (1) ecological
        and evolutionary implications of genetic variation, species richness and
        functional diversity of plants and associated
        micro-fungi (incl. mycorrhizae, endophytes and pathogens) and herbivores, (2)
        climate change -driven species’ range shifts, and (3) new solutions to
        circumvent the heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides in man-made environments.




        Publications

        Heritable Epichloe symbiosis shapes fungal but not bacterial communities of plant leaves (2019)
        Scientific Reports
        Riitta Nissinen, Marjo Helander, Manoj Kumar, Kari Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Postglacial colonization history reflects in the genetic structure of natural populations of Festuca rubra in Europe (2019)
        Ecology and Evolution
        von Cräutlein M., Leinonen P.H., Korpelainen H., Helander M., Väre H., Saikkonen K.
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Glyphosate decreases mycorrhizal colonization and affects plant-soil feedback (2018)
        Science of the Total Environment
        Marjo Helander, Irma Saloniemi, Marina Omacini, Magdalena Druille, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Kari Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        The recent northward expansion of Lymantria monacha in relation to realised changes in temperatures of different seasons (2018)
        Forest Ecology and Management
        Julia J.J. Fält-Nardmann, Olli-Pekka Tikkanen, Kai Ruohomäki, Lutz-Florian Otto, Reima Leinonen, Juha Pöyry, Kari Saikkonen, Seppo Neuvonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        DEVELOPMENT AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CHLOROPLAST MICROSATELLITE MARKERS IN A FINE-LEAVED FESCUE, FESTUCA RUBRA (POACEAE) (2014)
        Applications in Plant Sciences
        Maria von Cräutlein, Helena Korpelainen, Marjo Helander, Henry Väre, Kari Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Development and Characterization of Nuclear Microsatellite Markers in the Endophytic Fungus Epichloë festucae (Clavicipitaceae) (2014)
        Applications in Plant Sciences
        Maria von Cräutlein, Helena Korpelainen, Marjo Helander, Annika Öhberg, Kari Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Epichloe Endophytes Alter Inducible Indirect Defences in Host Grasses (2014)
        PLoS ONE
        Tao Li, James D. Blande, Pedro E. Gundel, Marjo Helander, Kari Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Fungal endophyte mediated occurrence of seminiferous and pseudoviviparous panicles in Festuca rubra (2014)
        Fungal Diversity
        P. E. Gundel, L. A. Garibaldi, P. R. Wäli, M. Helander, S. Dirihan, K. Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Silicon, endophytes and secondary metabolites as grass defenses against mammalian herbivores (2014)
        Frontiers in Plant Science
        Otso Huitu, Kristian M.Forbes, Marjo Helander, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto, Xavier Lambin, Kari Saikkonen, Peter Stuart, Sini Sulkama, Sue Hartley
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Systemic fungal endophytes and ploidy level in Festuca vivipara populations in North European Islands (2014)
        Plant Systematics and Evolution
        P. E. Gundel, S. Dirihan, M. Helander, I. Zabalgogeazcoa, H. Väre, K. Saikkonen
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Fungal endophytes help prevent weed invasions (2013)
        Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
        Saikkonen K, Ruokolainen K, Huitu O, Gundel PE, Piltti T, Hamilton CE, Helander M
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Genetic and Environmental Factors Behind Foliar Chemistry of the Mature Mountain Birch (2012)
        Journal of Chemical Ecology
        Haviola S, Neuvonen S, Rantala MJ, Saikkonen K, Salminen JP, Saloniemi I, Yang SY, Ruuhola T
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Glyphosate in northern ecosystems (2012)
        Trends in Plant Science
        Helander M, Saloniemi I, Saikkonen K
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Environmental conditions and host plant origin override endophyte effects on invertebrate communities (2011)
        Fungal Diversity
        Vesterlund SR, Helander M, Faeth SH, Hyvonen T, Saikkonen K
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Impact of host plant quality on geometrid moth expansion on environmental and local population scales (2011)
        Ecography
        Ammunét T, Klemola T, Saikkonen K
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Variable effects of endophytic fungus on seedling establishment of fine fescues (2009) Wali, P (Wali, Piippa R.); Helander, M (Helander, Marjo); Saloniemi, I (Saloniemi, Irma); Ahlholm, J (Ahlholm, Jouni); Saikkonen, K (Saikkonen, Kari)
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Leaf surface traits: overlooked determinants of birch resistance to herbivores and foliar micro-fungi? (2005)
        Trees - Structure and Function
        Valkama E, Koricheva J, Salminen JP, Helander M, Saloniemi I, Saikkonen K, Pihlaja K
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)

        Micro-fungi and invertebrate herbivores on birch trees: fungal mediated plant-herbivore interactions or responses to host quality? (2002) Ahlholm, J (Ahlholm, J); Helander, M (Helander, M); Elamo, P (Elamo, P); Saloniemi, I (Saloniemi, I); Neuvonen, S (Neuvonen, S); Hanhimaki, S (Hanhimaki, S); Saikkonen, K (Saikkonen, K)
        (
        A1 Journal article – refereed)


        Last updated on 2019-20-03 at 11:00