Mr Nam Pham

PhD student


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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Mike Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Irene Barnes

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In 2018, I started my PhD in Plant Pathology as a member of RGE-FABI Tree Health Programme (RGE-FABI THP) and Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP). For my PhD, I am investigating the biotic factors associated with an unknown die-back disease on eucalypts so far called Eucalyptus Little Leaf Syndrome (ELLS) in North Sumatra, Indonesia. This is conducted using the combination of traditional culturing techniques and high-throughput environmental sequencing.




I first joined FABI family in 2016 as a Master student under the supervision of Prof. Michael J. WingfieldProf. Irene Barnes and Prof. ShuaiFei Chen. In 2018, I completed my MSc. in Plant Pathology with the dissertation entitled "New species of Calonectria and Cylindrocladiella from Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia".

2018: van den Berg M (BSc. Plant Science) 

2020: Mokhara B

Best Dressed Male - SPOOF 2020

Best Dressed Male - SPOOF 2021

FABI Creative Art Submission award 2021

FABIan of the year 2021


Pham NQ (2022) Elsinoe necatrix: An unexpected new threat to Eucalyptus around the world. 33rd Annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and the DSI NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Pham NQ, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ, Barnes I, Duran A, Wingfield BD (2022) Characterisation of the mating type loci in Elsinoe including the Eucalyptus pathogen Elsinoe necatrix. Fungal Genetic Conference 2022, Pacific Grove, CA, USA.

Pham NQ, Barnes I, Muro Abad JI, Duran A, Wingfield MJ (2021) Eucalyptus Scab and Shoot Malformation: An emerging threat to plantation forestry in Southeast Asia. 3rd IUFRO Acacia 2021 Webinar.

Pham NQ, Barnes I, Slippers B, Duran A, Wingfield MJ (2020) Yeast communities associated with a Eucalyptus leaf and shoot disease of unknown aetiology in North Sumatra. MSA 2020: Mycology from the Cloud.

Pham NQ, Marincowitz S, Barnes I, Wingfield MJ (2019) Novel soil-borne Calonectria species from Eucalyptus plantations in Sabah, Malaysia. SASPP, Langebaan, South Africa.

Fourie G, Mufamadi ZC, Smith A, Sonnekus B, Pham NQ, Willis-Boyum A, van den Berg N (2019) Characterisation of the causal agents of Macadamia husk rot in South Africa. SASPP, Langebaan, South Africa.

Pham NQ, Barnes I, Chen SF, Roux J, Pham TQ, Wingfield MJ (2017) Novel Calonectria species from plantation and nursery soils in South-East Asia. IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, Freiburg, Germany. 

Dang QN, Pham NQ, Nguyen HM, Pham TQ (2017) First report of Phytophthora cinnamomi on Cinnamomum cassia in Vietnam. 8th Meeting IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 - Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, Sapa, Vietnam.

My Galeries

FABI artwork

Creative Art Submission 2021


YEF 2021

FABI ended the year on a high with a hybrid Year End Function on 19 November.

FABI researchers make an early start to present at the 3rd IUFRO Acacia webinar

FABI researchers make an early start to present at the 3rd IUFRO Acacia webinar.

The FABIlous FABwarts School of Sci-craft and Wizardry

The meeting of the Epsilon Chapter of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF) hosted by FABI saw witches, wizards, elves, pixies, muggles, mudbloods and all other manner of magical folk and creatures join in the evening’s fun at the FABwarts School of Sci-craft and Wizardry.

RGE-FABI THP symposium links three continents

The RGE-FABI Tree Health Programme (THP) hosted its annual symposium on 3 December.

RGE-FABI THP team meet - another Zoom event

The RGE-FABI Tree Health Programme team met on the Zoom virtual platform on 18 August.

FABIans uphold SPOOF tradition with an historic virtual meeting

For the first time in its 23-year history, FABI hosted a virtual Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF) event on 17 July. FABIans submitted nine pre-recorded videos, which in the spirit of the time, reflected the lighter moments of a nation under lockdown. The Gene Jockeys took the prize for the Best Abstract (with the subliminal message “Vote for us. FABI Director Prof.

CTHB welcomes 20 students into its Mentorship Programme

Twenty undergraduate students will gain hands-on scientific research experience as mentees in the CTHB Mentorship Programme.

FABI shines at SASPP meeting

The 2019 meeting of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP) took place on the West Coast, hosted by Stellenbosch University.

First publications celebrated

The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) celebrated the first publication of a paper in an ISI-rated scientific journal by a postgraduate student from the work of either their PhD or MSc at a party on 26 November.

RGE-FABI THP team returns

On Saturday 10 November, Dr Fahimeh Jami (Postdoctoral Fellow), Kira Lynn (M.Sc. student) and Nam Pham (Ph.D. student), returned to South Africa after spending almost two months in Sumatra.

The CTHB celebrates flagship mentoring and outreach programmes at its annual lunch

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) celebrated the end of another successful year of mentoring and outreach at its annual lunch on 29 October.

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Solís M, Wingfield MJ, Greyling I, Pham NQ. (2022) A serious shoot and leaf disease caused by Colletotrichum theobromicola discovered on eucalypts in South Africa. Southern Forests 84(1):01–13. 10.2989/20702620.2021.2005454 PDF
Pham NQ, Marincowitz S, Chen SF, Yaparudin J, Wingfield MJ. (2022) Calonectria species, including four novel taxa, associated with Eucalyptus in Malaysia. Mycological Progress 21:181-197. 10.1007/s11557-021-01768-8 PDF
Pham NQ, Marincowitz S, Solís M, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Barnes I, Slippers B, Muro Abad JI, Durán A, Wingfield MJ. (2021) Eucalyptus scab and shoot malformation: A new and serious foliar disease of Eucalyptus caused by Elsinoe necatrix sp. nov.. Plant Pathology 70:1230-1242. 10.1111/ppa.13348 PDF
Burgess TI, Dang QN, Le BV, Pham NQ, White D, Pham TQ. (2020) Phytophthora acaciivora sp. nov. associated with dying Acacia mangium in Vietnam. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 6:243-252. 10.3114/fuse.2020.06.11 PDF
Pham NQ, Barnes I, Chen SF, Liu FF, Dang NQ, Pham TQ, Lombard L, Crous PW, Wingfield MJ. (2019) Ten new species of Calonectria from Indonesia and Vietnam. Mycologia 111:78-102. 10.1080/00275514.2018.1522179 PDF
Pham NQ, Barnes I, Chen SF, Pham TQ, Lombard L, Crous PW, Wingfield MJ. (2018) New species of Cylindrocladiella from plantation soils in South-East Asia. MycoKeys 32:1-24. 10.3897/mycokeys.32.23754 PDF