Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Abdel-Wahab

Professor -

Faculty of science

Address: Department of Botany and Microbiology - Faculty of Science - Soahag University - Sohag 82524 - Egypt



I have been working on ecology and taxonomy of marine fungi for 25 years and these results in two book chapters, 57 publications in top journals in the field, 25  presentations at international conferences and the description ot three new orders (Jahnulales, Tirisporellales and Torpedosporales), six new families, 19 new genera, 47 new species and 16 combinations.

I obtained my B.Sc. in Botany (Excellent with honour), M.Sc. in Marine Mycology from Sohag University, Egypt. I joined City University of Hong Kong in 1997–2001 and obtained my PhD degree in Marine Mycology in 2001. During 2004–2008, I worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Biotechnology and Drug-Research, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (IBWF), Center of Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine – as fullbright visiting scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California-San Diego, USA and JSPS visiting scholar at XBR, Japan Agency for Marine- Earth Science and Technology, Japan where I worked on ecology, molecular phylogeny and natural products of marine fungi. During 2011–2013, I joined the Department of Botany and Microbiology, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 

I was awarded the best researcher in the field of Plant and Animal Science in 2018 by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) in collaboration with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank.

My current research interest include:

§  Ecology and taxonomy of marine fungi.

§  Endophytic fungi from aquatic and medicinal plants.

§  Natural products from aquatic and endophytic fungi.

§  Molecular phylogeny of fungi.

§  Molecular ecology (Pyrosequencing).

§  Deep sea fungi.

§  Ultrastructure of fungi.


2018-11-27 07:32:21
The best researcher 2018
I was awarded the best researcher in the field of Plant and Animal Science in 2018 by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) in collaboration with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. Read more

2018-09-19 20:52:42 | Keywords Halosphaeriaceae,
Halosarpheia japonica sp. nov. (Halosphaeriales, Ascomycota) from marine habitats in Japan.
A new Halosarpheia species, collected from driftwood from Hakkeijima beach, Yokohama, Japan, is described and illustrated and is compared with other species of the genus. The new fungus was growing together with its anamorph on a piece of decaying wood. SSU and LSU rDNA sequences for both morphs were 99% similar. Phylogenetic analyses of SSU and LSU rDNA sequences of ... Read more

2018-09-19 20:12:35 | Keywords Lindigomycetaceae,
Lolia aquatica gen. et sp. nov. (Lindgomycetaceae, Pleosporales), a new coelomycete from freshwater habitats in Egypt.
An unknown coelomycete that was collected from the River Nile and associated irrigation canals in Egypt is described. The fungus is characterized by gelatinous pearl white acervuli, a peridium that forms textura intricata, holoblastic conidia that have one basal excentric cellular appendage, and up to 3-5 sub-apical cellular attenuating appendages. Based on morphology, no described genus can accommodate this new ... Read more

2018-09-19 20:17:48 | Keywords Halosphaeriacea,
Lignicolous Marine Fungi from Yokosuka, Japan.
Forty-eight fungi (34 Acomycota, 13 anamorphic fungi and one Basidiomycota) were collected from 141 driftwood samples collected from one sandy and one rocky beach around Yokosuka city in two seasons (summer and winter). Of these, 28 (58%) fungi are new records for Japan including 16 (33%) potentially new taxa. Thirty-six and 26 fungi were recorded from Hakkeijima and Umikaze beaches, ... Read more

2018-09-19 20:26:54 | Keywords Halosphaeriaceae,
Gesasha (Halosphaeriales, Ascomycota), a new genus with three new species from the Gesashi mangroves in Japan.
A new genus, Gesasha Abdel-Wahab & Nagahama, and three new species therein are described and illustrated from Gesashi mangroves, Okinawa, Japan. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of the partial SSU and LSU rDNA placed the three new species into a clade distantly related to morphologically similar fungi with a high statistical support in the Halosphaeriales, Sordariomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Ascomycota. The new genus is ... Read more

2018-09-19 20:30:40 | Keywords Halosphaeriaceae,
Marine fungi from Sarushima Island, Japan and phylogenetic evaluation of the genus Naufragella.
Twenty-seven fungi (18 ascomycetes, 9 anamorphic fungi) were recorded from 91 driftwood samples collected from Sarushima Island, Japan. Ceriosporopsis halima, Corollospora maritima, and Halosphaeria appendiculata occurred most frequently in the fungal community. Other common fungi include: Remispora maritima, Tirispora sp., Monotosporella sp., Phoma sp., and Trichocladium achrasporum. Among the 27 fungi collected, 7 are possibly new to science. Nemania maritima ... Read more

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