Dr. Diana Andrade-Linares

Phone: +49 89 3187-49548
Fax: +49 89 3187-3376
Building/Room: 43a / 112


Dr. Andrade-Linares is a research scientist with a strong background in mycology and environmental microbiology and experience in isolation and characterization of filamentous fungi, yeast and bacteria. Her main research topic has been the study on root endophytic and soil fungi. She has characterized fungi at the physiological, molecular and inter-organismic level to understand fungal interactions with plants and bacteria, and fungal fitness as response to stress.
She is interested in understanding the effect of key fungal and bacterial communities on plant fitness and diversity under stress conditions, identifying fungal and bacterial species as indicators or contributors of soil quality in agroecosystems and in implementing microbiome-on-a-Chip to study in real time interactions between microbes and hosts that can take place below ground.
Dr. Andrade-Linares has started working at COMI in January 2018 in the frame of the project SusAlps. She is focusing on the study of rhizosphere microbiomes to identify microbiome and “mycobiome” dynamics in relation to hub microbial interactions, nutrient cycles and agroecosystem management to disentangle environment–microbe-plant interrelationships in order to support strategies for diversity conservation and ecological management of agroecosystems.


  • 2011 Dr. rer. nat. Faculty of Science. Department of Biology. Institute for Biochemistry and Biology. University of Potsdam. Golm, Germany. Dissertation: Characterization of tomato root-endophytic fungi and analysis of their effects on plant development, on fruit yield and quality and on interaction with the pathogen Verticillium dahliae.
  • 2006  - 2010                DAAD Fellow for doctoral studies at the Leibniz Institute for Ornamental and vegetable crops (IGZ) and University Potsdam. Großbeeren, Germany. Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber/ Prof. Dr. Philipp Franken
  • 1993  - 1998                Master Science in Environmental Microbiology. Centre of Microbial Research-CIMIC. University Los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1988  - 1992                Science degree in Microbiology. University Los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia


  • 2018 -  Postdoctoral researcher: Soil microbiome, Unit Environmental Genomics, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany. BMBF-BoNaRes. Sustainable use of alpine and pre-alpine grassland soils in a changing climate (SUSALPS).
  • 2017 Guest Postdoc: Systematic Botany and Mycology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Botanical Garden, Germany.
  • 2017 Postdoc: Plant, fungal and soil ecology Lab, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Gradual_Change: ERC Advanced Grant.
  • 2012 – 2016: Postdoc: Plant, fungal and soil ecology Lab, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Collaborative Research Center (SFB 973) “Priming and memory of organismic responses to stress.
  • 2011 – 2012                Postdoc: Department of Plant Nutrition, Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau - IGZ, Germany. Characterization of root fungal endophytes and their influence in plant growth and health.
  • 2004 – 2005 Research assistant: Plant Pathology Laboratory- LAMFU, Biology, University Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2003 – 2004 Researcher:  Molecular Biology. Live Systems Technology, Colombia
  • 2002 – 2003 Forensic professional: Group of Forensic Genetics, National Institute of legal Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 1992 – 2002 Researcher: Environmental Microbiology. Centre of Microbial Research-CIMIC, University Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia


  • Malique, F., Wangari, E., Andrade-Linares, D. R., Schloter, M., Wolf, B., Dannenmann, M., Schulz, S., & Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2021). Effects of slurry acidification on soil N2O fluxes and denitrification. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 1– 13.
  • Muller LAH, Ballhausen M-B, Andrade-Linares DR, Pinek L, Golubeva P, Rillig MC (2021) Fungus-bacterium associations are widespread in fungal cultures isolated from a semi-arid natural grassland in Germany, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 97, Issue 5, May 2021, fiab059.
  • Andrade-Linares DR, Schlingmann M, Foesel BU, Dannenmann M, Schulz S, Schloter M (2021) Short term effects of climate change and intensification of management on the abundance of microbes driving nitrogen turnover in montane grassland soils. Reviewed in Science of the Total Environment. 780:146672. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146672
  • Vidal A, Schucknecht A, Töchterle P, Andrade-Linares DR, Garcia-Franco N, von Heßberg A, Krämer A, Sierts A, Fischer A, Willibald G, Fütterer S, Ewald J, Baumert V, Weiß M, Schulz S, Schloter M, Bogacki W, Wiesmeier M, Müller CW, Dannenmann M (2020) High resistance of soils to short-term re-grazing in a long-term abandoned alpine pasture. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 300, 107008. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2020.107008
  • Camenzind T, Lehmberg J, Weimershaus P, Alvarez-Garrido L, Andrade-Linares DR, Suarez JP, Rillig MC. (2018). Do fungi need salt licks? No evidence for fungal contribution to the Sodium Ecosystem Respiration Hypothesis based on lab and field experiments in Southern Ecuador. Fungal Ecology 32: 18-28.
  • Veresoglou SD, Wang D, Andrade-Linares DR, Hempel S, Rillig MC (2018). Fungal decision to exploit or explore depends on growth rate. Microbial Ecology 75: 289-292.
  • Andrade-Linares DR, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC (2016). Temperature priming and memory in soil filamentous fungi. Fungal Ecology. Volume 21, June 2016, Pages 10–15.
  • Andrade-Linares DR., Lehmann A., Rillig MC (2016). Microbial stress priming: a meta-analysis. Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13223.
  • Ngwene B., Boukail S., Söllner L., Franken P., Andrade-Linares DR (2016). Phosphate utilization by the fungal root endophyte Piriformospora indica. Plant and Soil, 405, 231–241.
  • Rillig MC, Rolff J, Tietjen B, Wehner J, Andrade-Linares DR (2015). Community priming—effects of sequential stressors on microbial assemblages, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 91, Issue 5, 1 May 2015, fiv040.
  • Andrade-Linares DR and Franken P (2013) Fungal Endophytes in Plant Roots: Taxonomy, Colonization Patterns and Functions. R. Aroca (ed.), Symbiotic Endophytes, Soil Biology 37, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-39317-4_16. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Andrade-Linares D.R., Müller A., Fakhro A., Schwarz D., Franken P. (2013) Impact of Piriformospora indica on Tomato. In: Varma A., Kost G., Oelmüller R. (eds) Piriformospora indica. Soil Biology, vol 33. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • Andrade-Linares DR, Rexer K-H, Kost G, Restrepo S, Grosch R, Cepero MC, Maximova E, Franken P (2011). Colonization of roots of cultivated Solanum lycopersicum by dark septate and other ascomycetous endophytes. Mycologia, 103(4):710 - 721. doi: 10.3852/10-329.
  • Andrade-Linares DR, Grosch R, Restrepo S, Krumbein A, Franken P (2011). Effects of dark septate endophytes on tomato plant performance. Mycorrhiza, 21(5):413 - 422.
  • Achatz, B., von Rüden, S., Andrade, D., Neumann, E., Pons-Kühnemann, J., Kogel, K.-H., et al. (2010). Root colonization by Piriformospora indica enhances grain yield in barley under diverse nutrient regimes by accelerating plant development. Plant Soil, 333, 59–70.
  • Fakhro A., Andrade-Linares D.R., von Bargen S., Bandte M., Büttner C., Grosch R., et al. (2010). Impact of Piriformospora indica on tomato growth and on interaction with fungal and viral pathogens. Mycorrhiza, 20, 191–200.
  • Paredes M., Galindo A., Bernal M., Avila S., Andrade D., Vergara C., et al. (2003). Analysis of the CODIS autosomal STR loci in four main Colombian regions. Forensic Sci. Int., 137, 67–73.
  • Dussan J, Andrade Linares D, Lozano L, Vanegas S (2002). Physiologic and genetic characterization of Bacillus sphaericus native strains (in Spanish). Revista Colombiana de Biotecnología, ISSN-e 1909-8758, ISSN 0123-3475, Vol. 4, Nº. 1, 2002, págs. 89-99.