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Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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Mike Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Treena Burgess
Jolanda Roux

I was introduced to Phytopathology during my Master of Science at Presidency College, University of Calcutta. I worked on Fusarium wilt of an endemic and endangered member of Liliaceae, Chlorophytum nepalense from Eastern Himalaya, India. There after, I worked as a graduate research assistant at Prof. Mary L. Berbee's laboratory at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. At Berbee Lab I was involved in taxonomy and phylogeny of 'sooty molds' from Capnodiaceae. Sooty molds commonly referred to darkly pigmented mycelial fungi from the family Capnodiaceae that colonize the aerial system of living plants. Such molds are often non-phytopathogenic and generally found associated with aphids and scale insects. The honeydew excreted by these sap-sucking bugs usually but not always serves as the nutritive pabulum for the molds. 

I joined FABI in October 2013 as a member of the Tree Protection Cooperative Program (TPCP) under the supervision of Prof. Michael J. Wingfield. Currently my research involves ITS profiling of Phytophthora spp. associated with Eucalyptus grandisAcacia mearnsii and adjacent natural forest in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa using deep sequencing technique.

Apart from my research at FABI, I also served as the Chair of the House Protea one of the University of Pretoria's postgraduate residences. At the same time, I promote research at all postgrad residences under the university as the chairman of the TuksRes Postgraduate Research Committee. 



  1. Bachelor of Science with Honours in Botany from University of Calcutta, 2007 (First Class). Minor subjects Zoology and Chemistry.
  2. Master of Science in Botany with specialization in Plant Pathology from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 2007-2009 (Gold Medalist). Thesis title: Study of vascular wilt disease of Chlorophytum nepalense (Lindley) Baker. Supervisors: Dr. Sumita Ghosh, Presidency College, Kolkata. Co-supervisor: Dr. S. N. Ghosh, Presidency College, Kolkata.
  3. Master of Science in Botany with specialization in Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny of Ascomycota from University of British Columbia, 2010- 2013. Thesis title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of mitosporic Capnodiales and description of a new sooty mold species, Fumiglobus pieridicola, from British Columbia, Canada. Supervisor: Prof. Mary L. Berbee, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Co-supervisor: Dr. Don R. Reynolds, University Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
  4. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, 2013-ongoing.Thesis title: Diversity and distribution of Phytophthora spp. in South Africa with special reference to those causing diseases of Eucalyptus and Acacia. Supervisor: Prof. Michael J. Wingfield, FABI, University of Pretoria. Co-supervisor: Prof. Jolanda Roux, FABI, University of Pretoria; Prof. Treena Burgess, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.



  1. Diversity and distribution of Phytophthora spp. in South Africa with special reference to those causing diseases of Eucalyptus and Acacia using pyrosequencing.
  2. Phylogeny of Ascomycota with special reference to capnodiaceous molds (sooty molds).
  3. Host pathogen interaction with special reference to wilt disease caused by soil borne pathogens on endangered and endemic plant of Eastern Himalayas.
  4. Effect of crude plant extracts on the growth and sporulation of phytopathogenic fungi.
  5. Cultivation of edible mushroom.
  6. Estimation of protein and carbohydrate content in cultivated and wild varieties of edible mushrooms in West Bengal, India (Specialized in cultivation of Pleurotus sajor-kaju, Agaricus bisporus, Volvariella volvacea etc.).
  7. Study of Mycorrhizal association in common trees of West Bengal, India.
  8. Study of animal (Mammal) pheromones with special reference to biochemical structures and compositions.


Areas of Interest:

  1. Fungal and Oomycetes diseases of forest trees.
  2. Molecular phylogeny of late diverging fungi.
  3. Fungal systematics.
  4. Study of fossilized fungal spores from peat samples.
  5. Host pathogen relationship in phytopathogenic fungi.
  6. Host defense mechanism with reference to phytoalexins and phytoanticipins.
  7. Cultivation of common edible mushrooms.
  8. Study of biotic and abiotic stress factors on growth and development of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  9. Mycorrhizal association in Angiosperm, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms.
  10. Plant chromosomes and karyotyping.
  11. Genetic toxicology and the effect of pesticides and antimicrobial substances on chromosomal abnormalities in Angiosperms.
  12. Study of the detrimental effects on microorganisms and algae caused by environmental pollutants.



  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. Lab 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 for Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) Mentorship Programme - 2014-current

Students Supervision: 

  1. Jacques Etienne Theron – B.Sc - 2015
  2. Robert Jansen van Vuuren 2016- ongoing 
  3. Dineo Millicent Mailula – B. Sc (Hons) – 2016, M.Sc – 2017 – ongoing
  4. Modjadji Makwela – B. Sc (Hons) – 2017 – ongoing 
  5. Khwathelani Michelle Takalani (M.Sc) - 2017 - ongoing 


Work Experience:

  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 - ongoing


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. 


  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


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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
Bose T, Burgess TI, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Phytophthora alticola; revised description based on new collections and a neotype. Sydowia 69:In Press.
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