Overall aim
The overall aim of the network is to link and strengthen the collaboration between Nordic research groups working with the ecology of forest fungi. Based on our joint in-depth experience of fungal ecology - including molecular ecology - we seek to build a communal knowledge base targeting the diversity, functional roles, and ecological niches of forest fungi in North European Forests.

We emphasize stimulation of cross-talk between the younger participants (PhD students and post docs); plan future cutting-edge PhD courses and exchange students between labs to facilitate knowledge transfer.

Last but not least, we aim to use the network as a platform for future EU grant proposals for e.g. ITN or COST networks.

Focus areas
The planned network will build upon already obtained expertise, but the focus will be on introducing functional (mRNA-based) metagenomics into fungal ecology, on increasing our knowledge on insufficiently studied fungi in forest ecosystems, notably root endophytes, wood-inhabiting fungi, and newly discovered fungal phylogenetic clades and mapping of fungal traits in the fungal tree of life.