ABOUT Dr. Mary Cole

Company: (Personal)
Mentorship Topic: Plant Pathology, Microbiology & Mycology

Who is Dr. Mary Cole?

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.


  • 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.
  • Expert witness statements for courts and VCAT.
  • Integrated Pest and Disease Management workshops for wine industry.
  • Soil Foodweb Institute testing laboratory for soils, compost, compost teas.


  • 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 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 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.

Member of the Australian Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology

Unique to Farming Secrets are her Films “Soil Biology & Botrytis Forum”, “Understanding & Managing Botrytis” and “Mushrooms; Myths & Legends

Dr Mary Cole – Mushrooms; Myths & Legends

Mushrooms are a favorite topic for Dr Mary Cole and this shows as she mischievously relates her tales from the ages. From a very early age Mary grew up listening to her father as he showed her which mushrooms to collect for their dinner. Mary has continued this early fascination and her curiosity has led to a deep knowledge of the world of mushrooms. As her passion has remained, fascination with the history of mushrooms grew as she discovered many references to mushrooms depicted in art and in early writings

Dr Mary Cole – Understanding & Managing Botrytis

In this Film Dr Mary Cole talks about Botrytis.
1: Understanding Botrytis – Life Cycle & its relationship to the vine growth cycle
2: Alternative Management of Disease
3: Using Biologicals

Who Is Mary Cole? A trained mycologist/plant pathologist Mary also consults in crop protection and environmental agriculture whilst also running a quarantine laboratory on her country property. This rare combination of skills has her on demand worldwide for her experienced and practical applications. For more visit: www.agpath.com.au

Dr Mary Cole – Soil Biology & Botrytis Forum

The long awaited set of Films Soil Biology & Botrytis Forum featuring Dr Mary Cole is finally here. Over the 2 days Mary outlines the conventional way we traditionally manage most diseases and the consequences of doing so. It becomes very obvious that the practices are not only costly but, in the end, only cause more problems.

We are then presented with the good news of alternative disease management methods which Mary documents thoroughly with first hand evidence of the benefits of developing a healthy soil.

Biological Farming

Who is Dr Mary Cole?

Dr. Mary Cole share her knowledge and tips with soil microbiology, plant pathology and viticulture. But who is she? – She’s a true leader in her field.

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