Prof. Ian Singleton

Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Research Focus

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Scientific Activities

Prof. Singleton has a variety of research interests in mycology and these generally try to link natural fungal communities to their impacts on plants, animals and humans. For example, he currently has research projects examining fungal communities on fresh food produce, the role of fungi in food spoilage and studies on novel (residue free) methods to prevent fungal spoilage of fresh produce.

He is also interested in fungal/plant interactions below ground and have studied ectomycorrhizal communities in soil around trees and the effects of pollutants on these beneficial fungi. (He also works with bacteria on similar topics e.g. food spoilage, bacterial interactions with plants).

Prof. Singleton regularly reviews research papers and grant applications and have been a Council Member of the British Mycological Society and a recipient of a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (at UC Berkeley, USA).

From 2003-2010 he was involved in the start up of two companies that were based on research findings and this commercial experience has given me an excellent understanding of the application of research in industry. He enjoys interaction with industry and using fundamental research to answer practical problems.

He teaches at both undergraduate and MSc levels and have successfully supervised over 20 PhD students.

Significant Publications

Tzortzakis, N Taybi, T Antony, E ; Singleton, I., Borland, A Barnes, J (2013) Profiling shifts in protein complement in tomato fruit induced by atmospheric ozone-enrichment and/or wound-inoculation with Botrytis cinerea. Post Harvest Biology and Technology, 78, 67-75.

Branco, S, Bruns, T.D. and Singleton I. (2013). Fungi on a small scale : spatial variation of fungal populations around individual pine trees. PLoS ONE 8, e78295doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078295.

Tzortzakis, N., Taybi, T, Roberts, R, Singleton, I., Borland, A ., Barnes, J. (2011). Low-level atmospheric ozone exposure induces protection against Botrytis cinerea with down-regulation of ethylene-, jasmonate-and pathogenesis- related genes in tomato fruit. Post Harvest Biology and Technology, 61, 152-159


Contact information

Sighthill Campus
Edinburgh Napier University
EH14 1DJ