Dr Tanay Bose

Postdoctoral Fellow


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I joined FABI in November 2013 as a doctoral student in the Tree Protection Cooperative Program (TPCP) under the supervision of Prof. Michael J. Wingfield. Currently, I am a Sappi Forests funded postdoctoral fellow. My researches focus on various aspects of microbial diversity associated with commercial and natural forest in South Africa emphasizing on Phytophthora, fungi and bacteria. I am also responsible for assisting the industry (Sappi Forest Pty Ltd.) with screening for Phytophthora resistant cultivars and hybrids of Eucalyptus spp. 

Apart from this, I am also involved with (with Dr Almuth Hammerbacher) metabarcoding of mycorrhizal species associated with endemic and endangered orchids in South Africa. 


  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, 2017
  2. Master of Science in Botany (Taxonomy and Molecular Systematics),  University of British Columbia, 2013
  3. Master of Science in Botany (Plant Pathology), Presidency College (University of Calcutta) 2009 
  4. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany, University of Calcutta, 2007 


  1. Teaching Assistant BIOL 209 (Non-Vascular Plants) 2010-2013 at The Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada
  2. Teaching Assistant BIOL 210 (Vascular Plants) 2010-2013 at The Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada
  3. Instructor MBY251 (Bacteriology), University of Pretoria 2016
  4. Lab instructor MBY755 (Advanced Techniques in Microbiology), University of Pretoria 2017
  5. Mentor at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) Mentorship Programme - 2014-current

 Students supervisions

  1. Lola Bakhareva - B.Sc - 2012
  2. Ellca Rathore - B.Sc - 2012
  3. Jacques Etienne Theron – B.Sc - 2015
  4. Robert Jansen van Vuuren 2015 - 2017
  5. Khwathelani Michelle Takalani - M.Sc - 2017 
  6. Modjadji Makwela – B. Sc (Hons) – 2017, M.Sc - 2018 - ongoing 
  7. Patience Modiba - M.Sc - 2018 - ongoing 

 Work experiences

  1. Plant Diagnostic Clinic (FABI) - November 2013 -2016
  2. Research assistant with Dr Almuth Hammerbacher (Fungal Biochemistry and Host-Pathogen Interaction)
  3. Chairman, Protea Student Residence, Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation (TuksRes), University of Pretoria - August 2016 - August 2017
  4. Chairman, TuksRes Postgraduate Research Committee, University Of Pretoria - March 2017 - March 2018

 Research visits

  1. Visiting researcher, Prof. Treena Burgess Laboratory, Centre for Phytophthora Research and Management (CPSM), Department of Biological Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia – 1 July 2014 – 30 September 2014. 
  2. Visiting researcher at Prof. Dominik Begerow’s Laboratory, AG Geobotanik, Ruhr Universität of Bochum – (15 June – 17 August 2019)


  1. Gold Medalist Master of Science in Botany, Presidency College, University of Calcutta - 2009
  2. Recipient of Biology Teaching Assistant Professional Development (BioTAP) certificate 2013
  3. FABI Best Mentorship Award 2016
  4. FABI Best Website Award 2016
  5. Sappi funded postdoctoral fellow 2018-2021 on Eucalyptus tree health
  6. University of Pretoria, Vice-Principal Conference Funding – 2019


Reviewer for ISI rated journal in Mycology, Plant Pathology and Microbial biodiversity- PUBLON 

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Bose T, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Vivas M, Burgess TI. (2020) Phytophthora species associated with roots of native and non-native trees in natural and managed forests. Microbial Ecology 10.1007/s00248-020-01563-0
Bose T, Roux J, Burgess TI, Shaw C, Wingfield MJ. (2019) Susceptibility of Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mearnsii seedlings to five Phytophthora species common in South African plantations. Forest Pathology :e12560. 10.1111/efp.12560
Bose T, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Vivas M, Burgess TI. (2018) Community composition and distribution of Phytophthora species across adjacent native and non-native forests of South Africa. Fungal Ecology 36:17-25. 10.1016/j.funeco.2018.09.001 PDF
Bose T, Burgess TI, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Phytophthora alticola; revised description based on new collections and a neotype. Sydowia 69:161-170. 10.12905/0380.sydowia69-2017-0161 PDF
Burgess T, White D, McDougall K, Garnas J, Dunstan W, Català S, Carnegie A, Worboys S, Cahill D, Vettraino AM, Stukely M, Liew E, Paap T, Bose T, Migliorini D, Williams B, Brigg F, Crane C, Rudman T, Hardy G. (2017) Phytophthora distribution and diversity across Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology 23(1-13) 10.1071/PC16032
Rahimlou R, Babaeizad V, Bose T, Sayari M. (2016) Determination of lignin-modifying enzymes (LMEs) in Hyphodermella species using biochemical and molecular techniques. Mycologia Iranica 3(1):57-63.
Rahimlou S, Bose T, Babaeizad V, Sayari M, Tajick MA. (2015) Molecular data confirm the mitosporic state of Hyphodermella rosae (Phanerochaetaceae) as the pathogen of rosaceous fruits in northern Iran. Sydowia 67(1):189-196.
Bose T, Reynolds DR, Berbee ML. (2014) Common, unsightly and until now undescribed: Fumiglobus pieridicola sp. nov., a sooty mold infesting Pieris japonica from western North America. Mycologia 106(4):746-756. 10.3852/13-288
Bose T, Reynolds DR, Berbee ML. (2013) Phylogeny of mitosporic Capnodiales and description of a new sooty mold species Fumiglobus pierisicolus from British Columbia, Canada. Phytopathology 103(6):S2.19. 10.1094/PHYTO-103-6-S2.1 PDF
Bose T, Ghosh S, Ghosh S. (2010) First report of Fusarium pallidoroseum (Cooke) Sacc. causing wilt disease of Chlorophytum nepalense (Lindley) Baker. Journal of Mycopathological Research 48(1):111-114. PDF