Dr Tanay Bose

Postdoctoral Fellow


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I was introduced to phytopathology during my Master of Science at the Presidency College, University of Calcutta. I worked on Fusarium wilt of an endemic and endangered Liliaceae, Chlorophytum nepalense from Eastern Himalaya, India. Thereafter, I worked as a graduate research assistant at Prof. Mary L. Berbee's laboratory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. At Berbee Lab I was involved in the molecular taxonomy of  Capnodiaceae (Ascomycota). 

I joined FABI in November 2013 as a member of the Tree Protection Cooperative Program (TPCP) under the supervision of Prof. Michael J. Wingfield. Currently, my research involves metabarcoding of Phytophthora species associated with plantations of Eucalyptus grandisAcacia mearnsii and natural forest in South Africa.

In collaboration with Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher, I am involved with metabarcoding of mycorrhizal species associated with endemic and endangered orchids in South Africa, in vitro characterization of the biological and chemical interaction between mycorrhiza and orchid and tissue culture of orchid.   


Postdoctoral research

In the recent year, there have been increasing reports of root rot of Eucalyptus nitens and several other Eucalyptus species. Primary investigation suggests that not all cases of root rot are typical of Phytophthora root rot and those other microbial pathogens may be involved.  Based on this background the first aim of this project is to identify the causal agent/s of this disease and develop mitigation strategies through silvicultural treatments to improve eucalypt root health.

No information is currently available in South Africa regarding the interaction between the soil microbiota, roots, and silviculture practices in eucalypt plantations. The second part of the project looks into the diversity of beneficial and detrimental microbes associated with roots and soil of eucalypts across plantations adopting different silvicultures practices. This will help is screening for the best silviculture practice.

The last part of the project involves screening of genetic resources for disease tolerance and select appropriate alternative eucalyptus genotypes for planting in high disease risk areas.    

Advisor: Prof. Bernard Slippers 

Co-advisor: Prof.Michael J. Wingfield and Prof. Jolanda Roux (Sappi)

Funded by Sappi Limited, South Africa 


Apart from my researches at FABI, I co-supervise students for their honors and master degrees.  




  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, 2013-2017.Thesis title: Phytophthora species diversity associated with native and non-native forests in South Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Michael J. Wingfield, FABI, University of Pretoria. Co-supervisors: Prof. Jolanda Roux, FABI, University of Pretoria; Prof. Treena Burgess, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
  2. Master of Science in Botany with specialization in Taxonomy and Molecular Systematics from the 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.
  3. Master of Science in Botany with specialization in Plant Pathology from the 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.
  4. Bachelor of Science with Honours in Botany from the University of Calcutta, 2007 (First Class). Minor subjects Zoology and Chemistry.



  1. Diversity and distribution of Phytophthora spp. in South Africa with special reference to those causing diseases of Eucalyptus and Acacia using pyrosequencing
  2. Oomycetes associated with stone fruit disease in Western Cape Provience of South Africa
  3. Metabarcoding of mycorrhizae metabarcoding of mycorrhizal species associated with endemic and endangered orchids in South Africa
  4.  In vitro characterization of the biological and chemical interaction between mycorrhiza and orchid 
  5. Tissue culture of orchid
  6. Phylogeny of Ascomycota and Basidiomycota
  7. Host-pathogen interaction with special reference to wilt disease caused by soil-borne pathogens on the endangered and endemic plant of Eastern Himalayas
  8. Effect of crude plant extracts on the growth and sporulation of phytopathogenic fungi
  9. Cultivation of edible mushroom
  10. Estimation of protein and carbohydrate content in cultivated and wild varieties of edible mushrooms in West Bengal, India (Specialized in the cultivation of Pleurotus sajor-kaju, Agaricus bisporus, Volvariella volvacea etc.)
  11. Study of Mycorrhizal association in common trees of West Bengal, India.
  12. 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. 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 supervision: 

  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. Dineo Millicent Mailula – B. Sc (Hons) – 2016, M.Sc – 2017 – ongoing
  7. Modjadji Makwela – B. Sc (Hons) – 2017, M.Sc - 2018 - ongoing 
  8. Patience Modiba - M.Sc - 2018 - 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 visit:

  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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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
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
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