Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Ingeborg Haug

Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Institute of Evolution & Ecology

University of Tübingen

Auf der Morgenstelle 3, Room 167

72076 Tübingen, Germany

Phone: +49 7071 2978812

ingeborg.haug |at]


Research interests

The forest decline in the eighties in Southern Germany (Black Forest) was the initial point to start with the investigation of mycorrhizas. After PhD with light- and electronmicroscopic studies of ectomycorrhizas of spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), I continued with a PEF-project about structures and functions of mycorrhizas in forest ecosystems. With a DFG scholarship I started to identify the ectomycorrhizal fungi with molecular methods. The swap of the investigation area from Black Forest to a tropical mountain rain forest in South Ecuador implicated the swap from ectomycorrhizas to arbuscular mycorrhizas. In the species-rich forests from 1000 to 3000 m asl the communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are analyzed and compared with deforested areas where reforestation experiments are conducted.


2016 Now Vertretung der Juniordozentur Botanik Sandra Dietz



Postdoc in PAK825/1 Platform Ecuador, University of Tübingen



Postdoc in RU816 “Biodiversity and sustainable management of a megadiverse mountain ecosystem in South Ecuador”, University Tübingen



Research Assistant, University Tübingen



Postdoc in FOR402 “Functionality in a tropical mountain rain forest: Diversity, dynamic processes and utilization potentials under ecosystem perspectives.” University Tübingen



DFG scholarship: Identification, ecology and molecular biology of ectomycorrhizal fungi, University Tübingen



Longterm materinty leave



PEF (Projects of the European centre of research): Structures and functions of mycorrhizas in forest ecosystems, University Tübingen



PhD: Light- and electronmicrosopic studies of ectomycorrhizas of spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) in the Black Forest, University Tübingen



Studies of Biology and Mathematics, University Tübingen


Haug, I., Setaro, S., Suárez, J.P. 2013: Reforestation sites show similar and nested AMF communities to an adjacent pristine forest in a tropical mountain area of South Ecuador. PLoS ONE 8, e63524.

Kottke, I., Setaro, S., Haug, I., Herrera, P., Cruz, D., Fries A., Gawlik, J., Homeier, J., Werner, F., Gerique, A. Suárez, J.P. 2013: Mycorrhiza networks promote biodiversity and stabilize the tropical mountain rain forest ecosystem – Perspectives for understanding complex communities. In: Bendix J, Beck E, Bräuning A, Makeschin F, Mosandl R, Scheu S, Wilcke W (eds) Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol.221, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp. 187-203.

Montoya, L., Bandala, VM, Haug, I., Stubbe, D. 2012: A new species of Lactarius (subgenus Gerardii) from two relict Fagus grandifolia var. mexicana populations in Mexican montane cloud forests. Mycologia 104: 175-181.

Haug, I., Wubet, T., Weiß, M., Aguirre, N., Weber, M., Günter, S. & Kottke, I. 2010: Species-rich but distinct arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in reforestation plots on degraded pastures and in neighboring pristine tropical mountain rain forest. Tropical Ecology 51, 125-148.

Hrynkiewicz K., Ciesielska A., Haug I., Baum C. 2010: Ectomycorrhiza formation and willow growth promotion as affected by associated bacteria: role of microbial metabolites and use of C sources. Biology and Fertility of Soils 46: 139-150.

Kottke, I., Suárez, JP, Herrera, P., Cruz, D., Bauer, R., Haug, I., Garnica, S. 2010: Atractiellomycetes belonging to the “rust” lineage (Pucciniomycotina) form mycorrhizae with terrestrial and epiphytic neotropical orchids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 1289-1298.

Montoya, L., Haug, I., Bandala, V. 2010: Two Lactarius species associated with a relict Fagus grandifolia var. mexicana population in a Mexican montane cloud forest. Mycologia 102 (1), 153-162.

Hrynkiewicz, K., Haug, I. & Baum, C. 2008: Ectomycorrhizal community structure under willows at former ore mining sites. European Journal of Soil Biology 44, 37-44.

Kottke, I., Haug, I., Setaro, S., Suárez, J.P., Weiß, M., Preußing, M., Nebel, M.& Oberwinkler, F. 2008: Guilds of mycorrhizal fungi and their relation to trees, ericads, orchids and liverworts in a neotropical mountain rain forest. Basic and Applied Ecology 9, 13-23.

Kottke, I., Beck, A., Haug, I., Setaro, S., Jeske, V., Suárez, J.P., Paxmiño, L., Preußing, M., Nebel, M.& Oberwinkler, F. 2008: Mycorrhizal state and new and special features of mycorrhizae of trees, ericads, orchids, ferns and liverworts in the tropical mountain rain forest of South Ecuador. In: Beck E, Bendix J, Kottke I, Makeschin F, Mosandl R (eds.) Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol. 198, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp.137-148.

Kottke, I., Beck, A., Haug, I., Setaro, S.& Suarez, J.P. 2008: Mycorrhizal fungi and plant diversity in the tropical mountain rain forest of Southern Ecuador. Biodiversity and Ecology Series 2:67-78. Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology, Universitätsverlag Göttingen.

Beck, A., Haug, I., Oberwinkler, F.& Kottke, I. 2007: Structural characterization and molecular identification of arbuscular mycorrhiza morphotypes of Alzatea verticillata (Alzataceae), a prominent tree in the tropical mountain rain forest of South Ecuador. Mycorrhiza 17: 607-625.

Haug, I., Weiß, M., Homeier, J., Oberwinkler, F. & Kottke, I. 2005: Russulaceae and Thelephoraceae form ectomycorrhizas with members of the Nyctaginaceae (Caryophyllales) in the tropical mountain rain forest of southern Ecuador. New Phytologist 165: 923-936.

Haug, I., Lempe, J., Homeier, J., Weiß, M., Setaro, S., Oberwinkler, F. & Kottke, I. 2004: Graffenrieda emarginata (Melastomataceae) forms mycorrhizas with Glomeromycota and with a member of the Hymenoscyphus ericae aggregate in the organic soil of a neotropical mountain rain forest. Canadian Journal of Botany 82, 340-356.

Kottke, I. & Haug, I. 2004: The significance of mycorrhizal diversity of trees in the tropical mountain rain forest of southern Ecuador. Lyonia 7, 50-56.