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Mudassir Iqbal

Mudassir Iqbal
I am a post-doctoral researcher working on the biological control of plant diseases caused by pathogenic fungi, pests or nematodes. My research is mainly focused on fungal–fungal and fungal–nematode interactions in relation to plant pathology and biological disease control.


Currently, I am working on biological control of strawberry diseases (grey mould, crown and root rot and anthracnose disease) on resistant vs susceptible cultivars using the beneficial fungus Aureobasidium pullulans.


Supervision of M.Sc. work

  1. Mratib Ali (co-supervisor, 2022)
  2. Umar Amin (co-supervisor, 2022)
  3. Irtiza Sharif (co-supervisor, 2022)
  4. Junaid Iqbal (co-supervisor, 2022)
  5. Matilda Jützeler (co-supervisor, 2020-21)
  6. Maha Jamshaid (co-supervisor, 2020)

Supervision of Bachelor's work

  1. Aileen Hahlbohm
  2. Joubin Haji Mirza Ali

Selected publications

18. Iqbal, M., Andreasson, E., and Stenberg, J. A. (2023). Biocontrol control of strawberry diseases by Aureobasidium pullulans and sugar beet extract under field conditions. Journal of Plant Pathology

17. Iqbal, M., Broberg, A., Andreasson, E., and Stenberg, J. A. (2023). Biocontrol potential of beneficial fungus Aureobasidium pullulans against Botrytis cinerea and Colletotrichum acutatum. Phytopathology

16. Iqbal, M., Jützeler, M., França, S. C., Wäckers, F., Andreasson, E., and Stenberg, J. A. (2022). Bee-Vectored Aureobasidium pullulans for biocontrol of gray mold in strawberry. Phytopathology 112: 232-237

15. Iqbal, M., Jamshaid, M., Zahid, M. A., Andreasson, E., Vetukuri, R. A., and Stenberg, J. A. (2021). Biological control of strawberry crown rot, root rot and grey mould by the beneficial fungus Aureobasidium pullulans. BioControl 66:535-545.

14. Iqbal, M., Broberg, M., Haarith, D., Broberg, A., Bushley, K., Mikael, B. D., Viketoft, M., Jensen, D. F., Dubey, M. and Karlsson, M. (2020). Natural variation of root lesion nematode antagonism in the biocontrol fungus Clonostachys rosea and identification of biocontrol factors through genome‐wide association mapping. Evolutionary Applications 13: 2264-2283.

13. Broberg M, Dubey M, Iqbal M, Gudmundssson M, Ihrmark K, Schroers H, Funck Jensen D, Brandström Durling M. and Karlsson M (2020). Comparative genomics highlights the importance of drug efflux transporters during evolution of mycoparasitism in Clonostachys subgenus Bionectria (Fungi, Ascomycota, Hypocreales). Evolutionary Applications 14: 476-497. 

12. Iqbal, M., Dubey, M., Broberg, A., Viketoft, M., Funck Jensen, D. and Karlsson, M. (2019). Deletion of the non-ribosomal peptide synthetase gene nps1 in the fungus Clonostachys rosea attenuates antagonism and biocontrol of plant pathogenic Fusarium and nematodes. Phytopathology 109: 1698-1709.

11. Hyder, S., Inam-ul-Haq, M., Fatima, N., Hannan, A., Alam, M. and Iqbal, M. (2019). First report of root rot of tomato caused by Phytophthora syringae in Pakistan. Plant Disease 103: 590.

10. Iqbal, M., Dubey, M., Gudmundsson, M., Viketoft, M., Jensen, D.F. and Karlsson, M. (2018). Comparative evolutionary histories of fungal proteases reveal gene gains in the mycoparasitic and nematode-parasitic fungus Clonostachys rosea. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18:171.

9. Nygren, K., Dubey, M., Zapparata, A., Iqbal, M., Tzelepis, G.D., Durling, M.B., Jensen, D.F. and Karlsson, M. (2018). The mycoparasitic fungus Clonostachys rosea responds with both common and specific gene expression during interspecific interactions with fungal prey. Evolutionary Applications 11: 931-949.

8. Hyder, S., Inam-ul-Haq, M., Ashfaq, M., Ahmad, A., Gondal, A. and Iqbal, M. (2018). First report of Pythium myriotylum D., causing damping off and root rot in chili pepper (Capsicum annum L.) from Punjab, Pakistan. Plant Disease 102: 687.

7. Iqbal, M., Dubey, M., McEwan, K., Menzel, U., Franko, M.A., Viketoft, M., Jensen, D.F. and Karlsson, M. (2018). Evaluation of Clonostachys rosea for control of plant-parasitic nematodes in soil and in roots of carrot and wheat. Phytopathology 108: 52-59.

6. Iqbal, M., Ehlers, R.-U. and Waeyenberge, L. (2016). Molecular characterisation of novel isolates of entomopathogenic nematodes. Nematology 18: 277-291.

5. Jabbar, A., Aleem, S.A., Iqbal, M.A., Javed, N., Shahbaz, M.U. and Iqbal, M. (2014). Determination of resistance in chickpea germplasm against Ascochyta rabiei (Pass L.) and its chemical management. Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology 26: 75-83.

4. Waris, M., ul Haq, I., Khan, S.A., Iqbal, M., Shoaib, M. and Ullah, Z. (2014). Screening of cucumber varieties against downy mildew (Pseudoperonospora cubensis) and its chemical management. Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology 26: 21-24.

3. Haq, I.U., Zaman, Z., Habib, A., Javed, N., Khan, S.A., Iqbal, M. and Ihsan, J. (2014). Assessment of yield losses caused by purple blotch disease in onion (Allium cepa L.) and its management. Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology 26: 225-232.

2. Haq, I.U., Sarwar, M.K., Khan, S.A., Javed, N., Khan, N.A., Iqbal, M. and Umar, U.D. (2014). Seedling root rot of rough lemon (Citrus jambhiri Lush) and its chemical management. Pakistan Journal of Phytopathology 26: 233-240.

1. Zia, A., Zia, K., Anwar, S. and Iqbal, M. (2014). Distribution and association of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) with tomato crop in Faisalabad district. Pakistan Journal of Nematology 32: 1-06.

Popular science

3. Interview with TV news journalists concerning biological control of strawberry diseases (SVT, 2020).

2. Interviews with journalists concerning biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes (2018).

1. Parasitizing fungus Clonostachys rosea effective against plant-parasitic nematodes in agriculture (SLU news and also published in a few agricultural magazines, 2018).


Postdoctor at the Department of Plant Protection Biology
Telephone: +4618-672735
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 16, Alnarp