Deciphering mycological complexity

The Applied Mycology Group is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in specialised areas of the application of fungal technology in the food, environment and health sectors.

The group has pioneered the development of experimental and modelling approaches to understand the relationship between environmental factors on the germination, growth and inhibition of key food spoilage fungi and mycotoxigenic species in a wide range of staple commodities. They are now leading international research in the area of mycotoxigenic fungi and climate change.

The in depth understanding of the molecular ecology and ecophysiology of key mycotoxigenic fungi is being utilised in the development of minimisation and prevention strategies for mycotoxins. The Applied Mycology Group is a dynamic and proactive research group which includes our academic staff, post-doctoral scientists and a group of six-eight PhD students at any one time.

Our people

Prof Naresh Magan DSc: Chair in Applied Mycology ( Citation indices: h-index: 65 (Scopus); 75 (Google Scholar).

Dr Angel Medina Vaya: Senior Lecturer, Food Mycology ( Citation indices: h-index: 27 (Scopus); 30 (Google Scholar).

Dr Carol Verheecke-Vaessen: Research Fellow in Applied Mycology (

Dr Esther Garcia Cela: Research Fellow in Applied Mycology (

Our research

  • Controlling mycotoxin production and mycotoxin-producing fungi;
  • Understand the effect that predicted climate changes have on both growth and toxin production by different species and on different substrates;
  • Identification of VOCs that can be used as fungal biomarkers for the early detection of fungal spoilage;
  • Provide better storage management systems for commodities prone to fungal spoilage by integrating environmental parameters and biological models;
  • Developing bio-control agents to inhibit pathogenic fungi and pests, including formulation approaches;
  • Discovery/production of novel anti-oxidants, essential oils and compounds which may control spoilage moulds and mycotoxin production;
  • Extraction and purification of high value products with potential antifungal compounds;
  • Increasing our ability to bioremediate polluted sites using fungal inoculants.

Current research projects

Current publications

Supporting your business

The group has a flexible approach to meet the needs of its commercial clients and will develop research proposals in close consultation with industrial partners. We deliver confidential industrial research under contract. We also provide a range of opportunities to fund applied research projects through postgraduate studentships and act as consultants in applied mycology.

Professional development (CPD)

We offer an extensive range of professional development opportunities. We can provide training packages to meet your technical, managerial and business development needs. Our training is planned and delivered by our own subject specialists and supported by external specialists and experts where necessary.

Research opportunities

Our students thrive on producing the highest quality research. Much of which takes place in collaboration with our extensive pool of industrial partners. Our excellent links facilitate our increasing demand for research students. Find out more about research opportunities in Environment and Agrifood.

We welcome speculative applications from students wishing to pursue their own research interest. If you would like to suggest a project of your own choosing please contact us so we can assign you a suitable supervisor.