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7: Soil Microbiology; Weed Management with Compost Tea and How That Happens; Post Fire Soil Reclamation; Nutritional Value of Natural Foods With Dr. Mary Cole

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Who Is Dr. Mary Cole?

Mary is a Worldwide Branding Professional of the Year – 2015-2016
representing Farming and Agriculture – in recognition for her exemplary leadership qualities & unwavering dedication to her profession.

Dr. Mary Cole is a well-known academic, plant pathologist, and soil microbiologist who provides instruction and workshops/courses in biological non-chemical/sustainable agricultural farming practices to farmers, students, and consultants around the world. As an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne she supervises PhD students and her lab, Agpath P/L, provides summer vacation experience in soil microbiology and composting for graduates of Victorian and interstate universities.


  • PhD in plant pathology from Monash University carried out at Monash University, South Australian Dept of Primary Industries & UCLA, Davis, California.
  • Lectures in plant pathology, in particular, grape vine diseases, but agricultural and environmental pathology in general; microbiology of soil and biological/organic and biodynamic principles including the soil food web.
  • 1994 to present Academic at Charles Sturt University, Monash University, and University of Melbourne.
  • 1999 appointed foundation director for Centre of Wine, Food & Agribusiness in Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.
  • 2006 appointed to Faculty of Land & Food Resources at the University of Melbourne – involved in postgraduate distance mode to national and international students.
  • 2009 continuing part-time lecturing in Diplomas of Viticulture and Oenology for Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.
  • 2009 continuing part-time lecturing in Faculty of Medicine, Monash University.
  • 2010 continuing coordinating and lecturing in a professional development subject with Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Foodweb Institute USA.


  • Recognised as a national and international leader in research into the plant pathogen, Botrytis cinerea, the fungus that causes rot of grapes, flowers, and many vegetables.
  • Contributes papers to national and international journals.
  • Has chaired and participated in national and international conferences and symposia in plant pathology.
  • International referee for Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. ACS Publications.


  • Has a research-consulting laboratory with 2 staff.
  • Can carry out water testing, any plant disease identification and identification of fungi; quality assurance, label rate validation; research projects in agriculture, horticulture, and biological post-harvest crop protection, soil biology health.
  • Expert witness statements for courts and VCAT.
  • Integrated Pest and Disease Management workshops for wine industry.

Public interest:

  • 20 years an Honourary Consultant to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre on mushroom poisoning and identification.
  • Involvement in Landcare and alternative farming practices.
  • Public speaking to professional, farming, and community groups

Member of the Australian Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology



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