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 postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher. My primary research focuses are (1) screening for disease-tolerant cultivars of commercial tree species, (2) plant, soil and insect-gut microbiome, and (3) Phytophthora diversity.


  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, 2018
  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 (UBC, Canada; with Prof Mary L Berbee)
  2. Ellca Rathore (B.Sc) - 2012 (UBC, Canada; with Prof Mary L Berbee)
  3. Jacques E. Theron (B.Sc) - 2015 (CPHB Mentorship Programme)
  4. Robert J. van Vuuren (B.Sc) 2015 - 2017 (CPHB Mentorship Programme)
  5. Khwathelani M. Takalani (M.Sc) - 2017 - dropped out (with Prof. Teresa Coutinho)
  6. Modjadji Makwela (B.Sc Hons) – 2017 (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  7. Modjadji Makwela (M.Sc) - 2018 (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  8. Patience Modiba (M.Sc) - 2018-2020 (with Prof. Teresa Coutinho)
  9. Bianca Jones (B.Sc Hons) – 2018 (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  10. Keamogetswe Maswanganyi MSc - 2021 - ongoing (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  11. Tiphany Nkomo (B.Sc Hons) - 2021 - ongoing (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  12. Hendrik Johannes Esterhuizen (M.Sc) - 2020 - ongoing (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)
  13. Brittney-Aidan Jamieson (B.Sc Hons) - 2023 - ongoing (with Prof. Almuth Hammerbacher)

 Work experiences

  1. FSA funded postdoctoral fellow (2021)
  2. Sappi Forests funded postdoctoral fellow (2018-2020)
  3. Plant Diagnostic Clinic (FABI) - November 2013 -2016
  4. Research assistant with Prof Almuth Hammerbacher (Fungal Biochemistry and Host-Pathogen Interaction)
  5. Chairman, Protea Student Residence, Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation (TuksRes), University of Pretoria - August 2016 - August 2017
  6. 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


  1. Section editor for Oomycota and Microbial Diversity, Mycological Progress
  2. Reviewer for ISI rated journal in Mycology, Plant Pathology and Microbial biodiversity- PUBLON 


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Si H, Su Y, Wang Y, Bose T, Chang RL. (2023) The effects of co‑culture on the expression of selected PKS genes in the lichenized fungus Xanthoparmelia taractica. Mycological Progress 22:41. 10.1007/s11557-023-01894-5
Si H, Wang Y, Liu Y, Li S, Bose T, Chang RL. (2023) Fungal diversity associated with 38 lichen species revealed a new Genus of Endolichenic fungi, Intumescentia gen. nov. (Teratosphaeriaceae). Journal of Fungi 9(4):423. 10.3390/jof9040423
Bose T, Hammerbacher A, Jones W, Roux J, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ. (2023) Hybrid vigor in Eucalyptus increases resistance against Phytophthora root rot. Mycological Progress 22:24. 10.1007/s11557-023-01877-6
Bose T, Dovey S, Brachmann A, Witfeld F, Begerow D, Kemler M, Roux J, Slippers B, Vivas M, Wingfield MJ. (2023) Retention of post-harvest residues enhances soil fungal biodiversity in Eucalyptus plantations. Forest Ecology and Management 532:120806. 10.1016/j.foreco.2023.120806
Bose T, Hammerbacher A. (2022) The first report of Phytophthora multivesiculata causing black rot of Cymbidium and Ansellia africana from South Africa. Plant Disease 10.1094/PDIS-03-22-0623-PDN
Makwela MC, Hammerbacher A, Vivas M, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, van Ede G, Bose T. (2022) Uncovering the mycorrhizal community of two Habenaria orchids in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 10.1016/j.sajb.2022.02.020
Makwela MC, Hammerbacher A, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, van Ede G, Bose T. (2022) Fungal diversity associated with the mycorrhizosphere soil of Brachycorythis conica subsp. transvaalensis, a critically endangered and endemic terrestrial orchid from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 00:1-8. 10.1016/j.sajb.2022.01.019
Chang R-L, Cao W, Wang Y, Li S, Li X, Bose T, Si H-L. (2022) Melanodevriesia, a new genus of endolichenic oleaginous black yeast recovered from the Inner Mongolia Region of China . Fungal Systematics and Evolution 9(1):1-9. 10.3114/fuse.2022.09.01
Si H-L, Zheng X-X, Li X-C, Su Y-M, Bose T, Chang R-L. (2021) Dlhawksworthia flavoparmeliae sp. nov., a new endolichenic fungus in Phaeosphaeriaceae. Phytotaxa 525(1):51-58. 10.11646/phytotaxa.525.1.6
Chang R-L, Zhang X, Hongli S, Zhao G, Yuan X, Liu T, Bose T, Dai M. (2021) Ophiostomatoid species associated with pine trees (Pinus spp.) infested by Cryphalus piceae from eastern China, including five new species. Mycokeys 83:181-208. 10.3897/mycokeys.83.70925
Si H-L, Su Y-M, Zheng X-X, Ding M-Y, Bose T, Chang R-L. (2021) Phylogenetic and morphological analyses of Coniochaeta isolates recovered from Inner Mongolia and Yunnan revealed three new endolichenic fungal species. Mycokeys 83:105-121. 10.3897/mycokeys.83.71140
Bose Tanay, Hulbert JM, Burgess Treena I, Paap T, Roets F, Wingfield MJ. (2021) Two novel Phytophthora species from the southern tip of Africa. 20:755-767. 10.1007/s11557-021-01702-y
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Bose T, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Vivas M, Burgess TI. (2021) 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