Dr Michael Mbenoun

Postdoctoral Fellow


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I am primarily a plant pathologist, with particular interest for the diversity of fungal plant pathogens and their ecological interactions. My PhD studies focused on tree-infecting Ceratocystis species (Microascales) in Africa. Specifically, I investigated aspects regarding their taxonomy, phylogeny population biology as well as the ecological factors influencing their spatial distribution on local to global scales. This has included studies into better understanding the strength and foundations of the association between Ceratocystis species and nitidulid beetles (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae).

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Misse AC, Barnes I, Roets F, Mbenoun M, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Ecology and population structure of a tree wound-infecting fungus in a native South African forest environment. Fungal Biology 121(1):69-81. 10.1016/j.funbio.2016.09.002
Mbenoun M, Wingfield BD, Nyassé S, Dibog L, Mfegue CV, ten Hoopen GM, Petchayo Tigang S, Nsouga Amougou F, Begoude Boyogueno AD, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2016) Diversity and pathogenicity of the Ceratocystidaceae associated with cacao agroforests in Cameroon. Plant Pathology 65(1):64-78. 10.1111/ppa.12400
Mbenoun M, Wingfield MJ, Letsoalo T, Bihon W, Wingfield BD, Roux J. (2015) Independent origins and incipient speciation among host-associated populations of Thielaviopsis ethacetica in Cameroon. Fungal Biology 119(11):957-972. 10.1016/j.funbio.2015.05.009
Liu FF, Mbenoun M, Barnes I, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Li GQ, Li JQ, Chen SF. (2015) New Ceratocystis species from Eucalyptus and Cunninghamia in South China. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 107(6):1451–1473. 10.1007/s10482-015-0441-3 PDF
Mbenoun M, de Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Roux J. (2014) Reconsidering species boundaries in the Ceratocystis paradoxa complex, including a new species from oil palm and cacao in Cameroon. Mycologia 106(4):757-784. 10.3852/13-298 PDF
Mbenoun M, Wingfield MJ, Begoude Boyogueno AD, Wingfield BD, Roux J. (2014) Molecular phylogenetic analyses reveal three new Ceratocystis species and provide evidence for geographic differentiation of the genus in Africa. Mycological Progress 13:219-240. 10.1007/s11557-013-0907-5 PDF
Mfegue cv, Herail C, Adreit H, Mbenoun M, Techou Z, ten hoopen MG, Tharreau D, Ducamp M. (2012) Microsatellite markers for population studies of Phytophthora megakarya (Pythiaceae), a cacao pathogen in Africa. American Journal of Botany 99(9):e353–e356.. 10.3732/ajb.1200053.
ten Hoopen GM, Deberdt P, Mbenoun M, Cilas C. (2012) Modelling cacao pod growth: implications for disease control. Annals of Applied Biology 160:260–272.
Mbenoun M, Momo Zeutsa EH, Samuels G, Nsouga Amougou F, Nyasse S. (2008) Dieback due to Lasiodiplodia theobromae, a new constraint to cocoa production in Cameroon. Plant Pathology 57:381. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2007.01755.x