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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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Daniel Lindner

Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity
Unit: NRS-10
Research Plant Pathologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States

Phone: 608-231-9511

Current Research

My current research examines how human actions can affect fungal communities, and how the resulting changes can affect ecosystem function, especially carbon cycling. I am particularly interested in wood-inhabiting fungi and the development of DNA-based methods for detecting fungi in environmental samples. I also work with biosystematics of fungi, with an emphasis on fungi in the Antrodia-clade of polypores. Current projects include:

  • Investigating the effects of nitrogen fertilization on wood-decay rates and carbon respiration in northern forests
  • Determining the effects of mortality agent (wind-throw vs. beetle-kill) on decay patterns in spruce forests
  • Investigating evolutionary patterns and species boundaries in Laetiporus (Sulfur Shelf or Chicken of the Woods) and Wolfiporia
  • Bio-geographic and systematic studies of fungi from the Caribbean basin, especially Belize
  • Surveys of root-associated fungi in the upper Midwestern US, including mycorrhizal fungi associated with American chestnut

Research Interest

  • Determining the effects of biomass harvesting on wood-inhabiting fungal communities in aspen ecosystems
  • Investigating species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in the brown-rot genus Daedalea

Research Importance

Fungi are the only organisms capable of efficiently releasing the carbon stored in woody plant material. When human actions affect fungal communities, the resulting changes could affect how much carbon an ecosystem sequesters or returns to the atmosphere. DNA-based methods for studying wood-inhabiting fungal communities are needed to fully understand the links between changes in the fungal community and changes in decay rates and carbon respiration.


  • University of Wisconsin,Madison, Ph.D. Dept. of Plant Pathology ,
  • University of Wisconsin,Madison, B.S. Dept. of Botany ,

Professional Organizations

  • Mycological Society of America,
  • North American Mycological Association,
  • Wisconsin Mycological Society,

Below are the 8 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2018
Title: Draft genome sequence of Burkholderia cepacia ATCC 17759, a polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate copolymer-producing bacterium
Source: Genome Announcements. 6(17): 1-2.
Author(s) Crooks, Casey ; Palmer, Jonathan M.; Lindner, Daniel L.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2017
Title: Amplicon-Based Sequencing of Soil Fungi from Wood Preservative Test Sites
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology
Author(s) Kirker, Grant T.; Bishell, Amy B.; Jusino, Michelle A.; Palmer, Jonathan M.; Hickey, William J.; Lindner, Daniel L.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Amplicon-based sequencing of soil fungi from wood preservative test sites
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology. 8: 1-16
Author(s) Kirker, Grant T.; Bishell, Amy B.; Jusino, Michelle A.; Palmer, Jonathan M.; Hickey, William J.; Lindner, Daniel L.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
Title: White-Nose Syndrome of bats
Source: Mushroom The Journal of Wild Mushrooming. lssue 114, Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 42-46.
Author(s) Glaeser, Jessie A.; Pfeiffer, Martin J.; Lindner, Daniel L.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
Title: Context-dependent conservation responses to emerging wildlife diseases
Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Author(s) Langwig, Kate E; Voyles, Jamie; Wilber, Mark Q; Frick, Winifred F; Murray, Kris A; Bolker, Benjamin M; Collins, James P; Cheng, Tina L; Fisher, Matthew C; Hoyt, Joseph R; Lindner, Daniel L; McCallum, Hamish I; Puschendorf, Robert; Rosenblum, Erica Bree; Toothman, Mary; Willis, Craig KR; Briggs, Cheryl J; Kilpatrick, A Marm
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Heart rot hotel: fungal communities in red-cockaded woodpecker excavations
Source: Fungal Ecology
Author(s) Jusino, Michelle A.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Banik, Mark T.; Walters, Jeffrey R.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Moving Beyond Too Little, Too Late: Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases in Wild Populations Requires International Policy and Partnerships
Source: EcoHealth
Author(s) Voyles, Jamie; Kilpatrick, A. Marm; Collins, James P.; Fisher, Matthew C.; Frick, Winifred F.; McCallum, Hamish; Willis, Craig K. R.; Blehert, David S.; Murray, Kris A.; Puschendorf, Robert; Rosenblum, Erica Bree; Bolker, Benjamin M.; Cheng, Tina L.; Langwig, Kate E.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Toothman, Mary; Wilber, Mark Q.; Briggs, Cheryl J.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
Title: Improving ITS sequence data for identification of plant pathogenic fungi
Source: Fungal Diversity
Author(s) Nilsson, R. Henrik; Hyde, Kevin D.; Pawłowska, Julia; Ryberg, Martin; Tedersoo, Leho; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Alias, Siti A.; Alves, Artur; Anderson, Cajsa Lisa; Antonelli, Alexandre; Arnold, A. Elizabeth; Bahnmann, Barbara; Bahram, Mohammad; Bengtsson-Palme, Johan; Berlin, Anna; Branco, Sara; Chomnunti, Putarak; Dissanayake, Asha; Drenkhan, Rein; Friberg, Hanna; Frøslev, Tobias Guldberg; Halwachs, Bettina; Hartmann, Martin; Henricot, Beatrice; Jayawardena, Ruvishika; Jumpponen, Ari; Kauserud, Håvard; Koskela, Sonja; Kulik, Tomasz; Liimatainen, Kare; Lindahl, Björn D.; Lindner, Daniel; Liu, Jian-Kui; Maharachchikumbura, Sajeewa; Manamgoda, Dimuthu; Martinsson, Svante; Neves, Maria Alice; Niskanen, Tuula; Nylinder, Stephan; Pereira, Olinto Liparini; Pinho, Danilo Batista; Porter, Teresita M.; Queloz, Valentin; Riit, Taavi; Sánchez-García, Marisol; de Sousa, Filipe; Stefańczyk, Emil; Tadych, Mariusz; Takamatsu, Susumu; Tian, Qing; Udayanga, Dhanushka; Unterseher, Martin; Wang, Zheng; Wikee, Saowanee; Yan, Jiye; Larsson, Ellen; Larsson, Karl-Henrik; Kõljalg, Urmas; Abarenkov, Kessy
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »