Dr. Linda Johnson

Science Team Leader Plant/Fungal Interactions

E: Linda.Johnson@agresearch.co.nz


2002, PhD, Plant Pathology, West Virginia University, USA
1996, MSc, First Class Honours in Genetics, Massey University, New Zealand
1994, BSc, Genetics and Biochemistry, Massey University, New Zealand

Research interests & activities

Linda Johnson is the Science Team Leader for Plant-Fungal Interactions. In this role, she oversees a multi-disciplinary research team with expertise in plant-microbe interactions, with a primary emphasis on understanding and utilising endophytic fungi to add value to New Zealand’s agricultural industries.


Lugtenberg B, Caradus J, Johnson L. 2016. Fungal endophytes for sustainable crop production. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiw194
Card SD, Johnson LJ, Teasdale S, Caradus J. 2016. Deciphering microbial behaviour – the link between endophyte biology and efficacious biological control agents. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiw114

Johnson, R.D., Lane, G.A., Koulman, A., Cao, M., Fraser, K., Fleetwood, D.J., Voisey, C.R., Dyer, J.M., Pratt, J., Christensen, M., Simpson, W.R., Bryan, G.T., Johnson, L.J. (2015). A novel family of cyclic oligopeptides derived from ribosomal peptide synthesis of an in planta-induced gene, gigA, in Epichloë endophytes of grasses. Fungal Genetics and Biology 85: 14-24.

Johnson, LJ, de Bonth ACM, Caradus JR, Finch SC, Fleetwood DJ, Fletcher LR, Hume DE, Johnson RD, Popay AJ, Tapper BA, Simpson WR, Voisey CR and SD. Card (2013). The exploitation of epichloae endophytes for agricultural benefit. Fungal Diversity: 1-18.
Johnson LJ, Koulman A, Christensen M, Lane G, Fraser K, Johnson RD, Bryan G, Rasmussen S. 2013. An extracellular siderophore is required to maintain the mutualistic interaction of Epichloë festucae with Lolium perenne. PLoS Pathogens 9: e1003332.