Sietse van der Linde, BSc, MSc, PhD

Molecular Biologist


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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Sietse joined Forest Research in 2017 to work as a molecular biologist in the tree health diagnostic and advisory service. He studied biology at Leiden University in the Netherlands after which he received a PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2008 for his thesis on the conservation and ecology of stipitate hydnoid fungi. Sietse previously worked as a molecular fungal ecologist at RBG Kew, Imperial College London (2013-2017) and the Botanical institute of Basel (Switzerland; 2009-2013).

Current role

Molecular Biologist

Perform research on Hymenoscyphus fraxinea on ash seeds and develop a detection method for H. fraxinea on ash seeds. Test treatments that have a potential to produce H. fraxinea-free ash seeds.

Provide an effective, efficient and impartial disease diagnostic and advisory service on tree health. In particular, provide continuous assessment and optimisation of current and new molecular diagnostic methods.

Current projects

Other affiliations and responsibilities

  • Member of the British Mycological Society
  • Member of the British Ecological Society

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer-reviewed journal articles

De Witte L.C., Rosenstock N.P., van der Linde S., Braun S. 2017. Nitrogen deposition changes ectomycorrhizal communities in Swiss beech forests. Science of the Total Environment: 1083-1096.

Spake R., van der Linde S., Newton A.C., Suz L.M., Bidartondo M.I. Doncaster C.P. 2016. Similar biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in set-aside plantations and ancient old-growth broadleaved forests. Biological Conservation. 194: 71-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.12.003

Suz L.M., Barsoum N., Benham S., Cheffings C., Cox F.,Hacket L., Jones A.G., Mueller G.M., Orme D., Seidling W., van der Linde S., Bidartondo M.I. 2015. Monitoring ectomycorrhizal fungi at large scales for science, forest management, fungal conservation and environmental policy. Annals of Forest Science. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-014-0447-4

Van der Linde S., Haller S. 2013. Obtaining a spore free fungal community composition. Fungal Ecology. 6: 522-526. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2013.10.001

Van der Linde S., Holden E., Parkin P.I., Alexander I.J., Anderson I.C. 2012. Now you see it, now you don’t: The challenge of detecting, monitoring and conserving ectomycorrhizal fungi. Fungal Ecology 5: 633-640. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2012.04.002

Van der Linde S., Alexander I.J., Anderson I.C. 2010. Do stipitate hydnoid fungi have the ability to colonise new native pine forest? Fungal Ecology 3: 89-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2009.05.002

Van der Linde S., Alexander I.J., Anderson I.C. 2009. Spatial distribution of sporocarps of stipitate hydnoid fungi and their belowground mycelium. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 69: 344-352. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00716.x

Beugelsdijk D., van der Linde S., Zuccarello G.C., den Bakker H.C., Draisma S.G.A., Noordeloos M.E. 2008. A phylogenetic study of Boletus section Boletus in Europe. Persoonia 20: 1-7. DOI: 10.3767/003158508X283692

Van der Linde S., Alexander I.J., Anderson I.C. 2008. A PCR-based method for detecting the mycelia of stipitate hydnoid fungi in soil. Journal of Microbiological Methods 75: 40-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2008.04.010