of Fungal Biology

Mgr. Jan Jansa, PhD


BSc 1995, MSc 1997, PhD 2002
PhD thesis „Effect of soil tillage on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and on their role in nutrient uptake by crops“ (ETH Zurich)


Professional interests

Mycorrhizal symbiosis, biotic interactions, soil, rhizosphere, arbuscular mycorrhiza, ericoid mycorrhiza, rhizosphere, plant symbioses, soil microbiology, botany, biochemistry, ecology, radio- and stable isotopes, soil formation, weathering, erosion, soil nutrient availabilities, ecosystem succession, agroecosystems, inoculation technology, sustainable management, agriculture, food production, no-tillage, field and model experimental design, gradient analysis, multivariate statistics, isotope tracing

Other personal interests

Karate, Wood carving, (Micro)Photography, Opera

Publication highlights

  1. Jansa, J. et al. Diversity and structure of AMF communities as affected by tillage in a temperate soil. Mycorrhiza 12, 225-234, doi:10.1007/s005572-002-0163-z (2002)
  2. Jansa, J., Mozafar, A. & Frossard, E. Long-distance transport of P and Zn through the hyphae of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus in symbiosis with maize. Agronomie 23, 481-488, doi:10.1051/agro:2003013 (2003)
  3. Jansa, J., Mozafar, A. & Frossard, E. Phosphorus acquisition strategies within arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community of a single field site. Plant Soil 276, 163-176, doi:10.1007/s11104-005-4274-0 (2005)
  4. Jansa, J. et al. Soil tillage affects the community structure of mycorrhizal fungi in maize roots. Ecol Appl 13, 1164-1176, doi:10.1890/1051-0761(2003)13[1164:statcs];2 (2003)
  5. Jansa, J., Smith, F. A. & Smith, S. E. Are there benefits of simultaneous root colonization by different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi? New Phytol 177, 779-789, doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2007.02294.x (2008)
  6. Kiers, E. T. et al. Reciprocal Rewards Stabilize Cooperation in the Mycorrhizal Symbiosis. Science 333, 880-882, doi:10.1126/science.1208473 (2011)
  7. Lendenmann, M. et al. Symbiont identity matters: carbon and phosphorus fluxes between Medicago truncatula and different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 21, 689-702, doi:10.1007/s00572-011-0371-5 (2011)
  8. Mathimaran, N. et al. Impact of agricultural management on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in Kenyan ferralsol. Agr Ecosyst Environ 119, 22-32, doi:10.1016/j.agee.2006.06.004 (2007)
  9. Rausch, C. et al. A phosphate transporter expressed in arbuscule-containing cells in potato. Nature 414, 462-466, doi:10.1038/35106601 (2001)
  10. Thonar, C., Erb, A. & Jansa, J. Real-time PCR to quantify composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communitiesumarker design, verification, calibration and field validation. Mol Ecol Resour 12, 219-232, doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03086.x (2012)
  11. Wagg, C., Jansa, J., Schmid, B. & van der Heijden, M. G. A. Belowground biodiversity effects of plant symbionts support aboveground productivity. Ecol Lett 14, 1001-1009, doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01666.x (2011)
  12. Welc, M., Buenemann, E. K., Fliessbach, A., Frossard, E. & Jansa, J. Soil bacterial and fungal communities along a soil chronosequence assessed by fatty acid profiling. Soil Biol Biochem 49, 184-192, doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.01.032 (2012)