Prof. Naresh Magan DSc

Professor of Applied Mycology

Research Focus

The Applied Mycology Group carries out research on molecular ecology and ecophysiology of spoilage and mycotoxigenic fungi in food production systems, Impact of climate change factors on diseases and mycotoxigenic fungi, prevention strategies including use of physical and novel molecular approaches to minimising mycotoxin contamination, Ecophysiology of biological control agents for improved field efficacy against pests/fungal diseases, Fungal bioremediation strategies for enhanced degradation of xenobiotic compounds; Electronic nose technology for early detection of microbes for food/environment/health applications; Solid and liquid fermentation systems for enhancing secondary metabolite production.

Prof. Magan has published 250+ peer reviewed Journal publications. He has a H-factor of 45 (Scopus) and 64 (Google Scholar).

Scientific Activities

At present Prof. Magan has a range of projects in these areas being carried out by PhD students as well as projects funded by the Research Councils, EU (H2020) and the British Council. These include:

1. EU H2020 Project: (April, 2016- March, 2020): Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management (MyToolBox)

2. Newton Fund/British Council (2016-2018). Enhancing food safety and security of maize and rice in Vietnam

3. Innovate UK funded project: Decision support systems for minimising mould spoilage and mycotoxins in stored cereals (2015-2018; Analox Sensors Lts, CamGrain and Cranfield): Cranfield, funded by BBSRC Ref: BB/M0282883/1).

4. Innovate UK funded project: Non-invasive photonic sensors for detection of latent fungal infections and internal rot or disorders in fruit (2014-2017; Emerson PLC, NIAB-East Malling Research + Berry Gardens).

5. BBSRC/Science Foundation Ireland project: Oats for the future: deciphering potential of host resistance and RNAi to minimise mycotoxin contamination under present and future climate scenarios (2016-2020; collaboration with Prof. Fiona Doohan, University College Dublin, Ireland.).

Examples of PhD research projects include: Climate change and aflatoxins in GM- and Non-GM maize; Pistachio nuts and aflatoxins: control strategies; Chillies and mycotoxin contamination: prevention/minisation strategies; Biocontrol of mycotoxigenic fungi; Novel compounds for control of spoilage and mycotoxigenic fungi; Efficacy of biocontrol agents for control of soft fruit pathogens; climate change and efficacy of entomopathogens for pest control.

Significant Publications

Samsudin, NIP, Medina, A. & Magan, N. (2016). Relationship between environmental conditions, carbon utilisation patterns and niche overlap indices of the mycotoxigenic species Fusarium verticillioides and the biocontrol agent Clonostachys rosea. Fungal Ecology 24, 44-52.

Akbar, A., Medina, A. & Magan, N. (2016). Impact of climate change factors on growth and ochratoxin A production by Aspergillus sections Circumdati and Nigri species on coffee. World Mycotoxin Journal. In Press.

Magan, N. & Medina, A. (2016). Integrating gene expression, ecology and mycotoxin production by Fusarium and Aspergillus species in relation to interacting environmental factors. World Mycotoxin Journal. In Press.


Contact information

Environment and AgriFod Theme
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL