Martin Mullett, BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Scientist


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5695
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Martin Mullett graduated from Kingston University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Biology and gained an MsC in Conservation and Forest Protection in 2009 from Imperial College, London. He joined the Tree Health Section of Forest Research in 2009 working on Phythophthora ramorum and dothistroma needle blight. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London (2014) in which he investigated the epidemiology of dothistroma needle blight.

Current role

Research Scientist

Investigations into the disease epidemiology and population structure of various forest pathogens.

Current programmes

Dothistroma (Red Band) Needle Blight
Within the Advice and Scientific Support for Tree Health Programme.


  • British Mycological Society
  • British Society for Plant Pathology
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Member of the DIAROD Cost Action (FP1102) Determining the Invasiveness and Risk of Dothistroma
  • Member of the PINESTRENGTH Cost Action (FP1406) Pine pitch canker - strategies for management of Gibberella circinata in greenhouses and forests

Recent publications

Kaczmarek, M., Mullett, M. S., McDonald, J. E., & Denman, S. (2017). Multilocus sequence typing provides insights into the population structure and evolutionary potential of Brenneria goodwinii, associated with acute oak decline. PloS One, 12(6), e0178390

Mullett, M.S., Brown, A.V., Fraser, S., Baden, R., Tubby, K.V., (2017) Insights into the pathways of spread and potential origins of Dothistroma septosporum in Britain. Fungal Ecology.

Mullett, M., Peace, A., Brown, A., (2016). Persistence of Dothistroma septosporumon abscised pine needles and its implications for disease management. Plant Dis. 100, 1271–1277. doi:

Mullett, M.S., Fraser, S., (2016). Infection of Cedrus species by Dothistroma septosporum. For. Pathol. 46, 551–554. doi:10.1111/efp.12214

Mullett, M.S., Tubby, K.V., Webber, J.F., Brown, A.V., (2016). A reconsideration of natural dispersal distances of the pine pathogen Dothistroma septosporum. Plant Pathol. 65, 1462–1472. doi:10.1111/ppa.12522

Barnes, I., Van der Nest, A., Mullett, M.S., Crous, P.W., Drenkhan, R., (2016). Neotypification of Dothistroma septosporum and epitypification of D. pini, causal agents of Dothistroma needle blight of pine. For. Pathol. 46, 388–407. doi:10.1111/efp.12304

Boroń, P., Lenart-Boroń, A., Mullett, M., (2016). The distribution of Dothistroma septosporum and its mating types in Poland. For. Pathol. 46, 489–496. doi:10.1111/efp.12262

Drenkhan, R., Tomešová-Haataja, V., Fraser, S., Bradshaw, R.E., Vahalík, P., Mullett, M.S., Martín-García, J., Bulman, L.S., Wingfield, M.J., Kirisits, T., Cech, T.L., Schmitz, S., Baden, R., Tubby, K., Brown, A., Georgieva, M., Woods, A., Ahumada, R., Jankovský, L., Thomsen, I.M., Adamson, K., Marçais, B., Vuorinen, M., Tsopelas, P., Koltay, A., Halasz, A., La Porta, N., Anselmi, N., Kiesnere, R., Markovskaja, S., Kačergius, A., Papazova-Anakieva, I., Risteski, M., Sotirovski, K., Lazarević, J., Solheim, H., Boroń, P., Bragança, H., Chira, D., Musolin, D.L., Selikhovkin, A.V., Bulgakov, T.S., Keča, N., Karadžić, D., Galovic, V., Pap, P., Markovic, M., Poljakovic Pajnik, L., Vasic, V., Ondrušková, E., Piškur, B., Sadiković, D., Diez, J.J., Solla, A., Millberg, H., Stenlid, J., Angst, A., Queloz, V., Lehtijärvi, A., Doğmuş-Lehtijärvi, H.T., Oskay, F., Davydenko, K., Meshkova, V., Craig, D., Woodward, S., Barnes, I., (2016). Global geographic distribution and host range of Dothistroma species: a comprehensive review. For. Pathol. 46, 408–442. doi:10.1111/efp.12290

Fraser, S., Mullett, M.S., Woodward, S., Brown, A.V., (2016). Between-site and -year variation in the relative susceptibility of native Scottish Pinus sylvestris populations to dothistroma needle blight. Plant Pathol. 65, 369–379. doi:10.1111/ppa.12425

Siziba, V.I., Wingfield, M.J., Sadiković, D., Mullett, M.S., Piškur, B., Barnes, I., (2016). Development of microsatellite markers for the pine needle blight pathogen, Dothistroma pini. For. Pathol. 46, 497–506. doi:10.1111/efp.12282

Mullett MS, Brown AV, Barnes I, (2015) Population structure and reproductive mode of Dothistroma septosporum in the Brittany peninsula of France. European Journal of Plant Pathology 143, 261–275.

Mullett, MS.  and Webber, JF,  (2013)  Pseudomonas syringae pv. aesculi: foliar infection of Aesculus species and temperature–growth relationships. Forest Pathology 43 (2013) 371–378  doi: 10.1111/efp.12040

Mullett, M. & Barnes, I. (2012) Dothistroma Isolation and Molecular Identification Methods. [Online]. Available from:$FILE/DIAROD_052012_Isolation_and_indentification.pdf

Webber, JF, Mullett, M, Brasier, CM, (2010). Dieback and mortality of plantation Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi) associated with infection by Phytophthora ramorum. New Disease Reports 22, (19).