Rebecca McDougal



Dr Rebecca McDougal is a microbiologist specialising in forest pathology. Her role is to apply new molecular biology techniques in forest diagnostics and disease management.


  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2007
  • MSc (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2002
  • BSc (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2000

Research capabilities

  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2007
  • MSc (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2002
  • BSc (Microbiology), University of Otago, New Zealand - 2000

Selected papers

Hunter, S., Glen, M., & McDougal, R. (2016). Molecular tools for differentiating Cyclaneusma minus morphotypes and assessing their distribution in Pinus radiata forests in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 46(1), 21. doi:10.1186/s40490-016-0080-0.

Mellow, K., Chettri, P., Kabir, S., McDougal, R. L., Cox, M. P., Stewart, A., Lange, C., Steyaert, J. M., & Bradshaw, R. E. (2016). Molecular markers for quantification of bioactive fungal strains associated with Pinus radiata. New Zealand Plant Protection, 69, 64-67.

Hunziker, L., Mesarich, C. H., McDougal, R. L., & Bradshaw, R. E. (2016). Effector identification in the pine pathogen Dothistroma septosporum. New Zealand Plant Protection, 69, 94-98.

Studholme, D. J., McDougal, R. L., Sambles, C., Hansen, E., Hardy, G., Grant, M., Ganley, R. J., & Williams, N. M. (2016). Genome sequences of six Phytophthora species associated with forests in New Zealand. Genomics Data, 7, 54-56. doi:

Baskarathevan, J., Taylor, R. K., Ho, W., McDougal, R. L., Shivas, R. G., & Alexander, B. J. R. (2016). Real-Time PCR Assays for the Detection of Puccinia psidii. Plant Disease, 100(3), 617-624.  doi:10.1094/PDIS-08-15-0851-RE

McDougal, R. L., Schwelm, A. and Bradshaw, R.E. 2011. Dothistromin biosynthesis genes allow inter- and intraspecific differentiation between Dothistroma pine needle blight fungi. Forest Pathology 41: 407-416.

McDougal, R. L., Yang, S., Schwelm, A., Stewart, A., and Bradshaw, R. E. 2011. A novel GFP-based approach for screening for biocontrol microorganisms in vitro against Dothistroma septosporum. Journal of Microbiological Methods 87: 32-37.

McDougal R., Stewart A., Bradshaw R. 2012. Transformation of Cyclaneusma minus with green fluorescent protein (GFP) to enable screening of fungi for biocontrol activity. Forests 3: 83-94.

Chettri, P, Calvo, A.M, Cary, J.W, Dhingra, S, Guo, Y, McDougal, R.L., Bradshaw, R.E. 2012. The veA gene of the pine needle pathogen Dothistroma septosporum regulates sporulation and secondary metabolism. Fungal Genetics and Biology 49: 141-151.

Bulman, L. S., Dick, M. A., Ganley, R. J., McDougal, R. L., Schwelm, A., & Bradshaw, R. E. 2013. Dothistroma Needle Blight. In Nicolotti, G. & Gonthier, P. (Eds.), Infectious Forest Diseases (pp. 436-457): CAB International.