Place of birth

 Quba town, Azerbaijan  

Date of birth

 05 June, 1968


 Baku State University, faculty of biology

Scientific degree

 Doctor of Biological Sciences


 Assistant professor

Topic of  PhD thesis:

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03.00.05 (currently 2417.01), Botany

“Biology of the fungi causing tracheomycosis of wood plants”

Topic of doctoral thesis:

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2430.01, Mycology

“Fungi associated with forest trees, taxonomy and phylogeny of pathogenic species”

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Basic scientific achievements

Fungi of the main forest tree species in Azerbaijan have been identified. To assess the potential impact of diseases to forest trees in Azerbaijan, the presence of pathogenic fungi was investigated.

For the first time in Azerbaijan Cryphonectria parasitica, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, Armillaria mellea causing respectively chestnut blight (Castanea sativa), Dutch elm diseases (Ulmus spp.), root rot on the deciduous woody plants were identified with application of morphological and molecular approach and their pathogenicity were proved by pathogenicity test. The population of Cryphonectria parasitica has been studied in the country by application phenotypic and genetic markers, different types of vegetative types, mating types and dominant genotypes of the fungus have been found.

Ophiostoma ips and its insect vectors (Coleoptera: Scolytidae: Orthotomicus erosus and Hylurgus ligniperda) were isolated from the endemic pine (Pinus brutia subsp. eldarica) and recorded for the first time in Azerbaijan. It was concluded that fungus was recently introduced to Azerbaijan with its bark beetle associates.

Ophiostoma spp. with Sporothrix anamorphs were characterized based on sequences of the ITS1/5.8S/ITS2 regions of rDNA and partial sequences of the gene β-tubulin, morphology, growth in culture and sexual reproductive mode. It was found that O. stenoceras consists of a complex of several species.

The species boundaries for Ophiostoma quercus, in the O.piceae-O.quercus complex were reconsidered by using micro-morphology together with phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences for four gene regions (ITS1/5.8S/ITS2, BT2, TEF-1α, HIS). O. quercus sensu stricto has been delimited and statuses of other species as synonyms in the complex have been clarified. Nine new species were described belonging to the genera Ophiostoma, Raffaelea and Sporothrix.

Powdery mildew fungi (Erysiphales) was investigated, 134 species were recorded and new species – Erysiphe azerbaijanica was described.

Different features of conidiogenesis from other Basidiomycota fungi have been found in the species of mycoparasite Tuberculina genus.

Investigations were carried out in the frame of PostDoc programme at the FABI, University of Pretoria (SA, 2002-2003) and projects: STCU № 3625 (2006-2008), № 4797 (2009-2011); UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellow­ships Programme (2005-2006); SDF-2010-1(1) (2010-2011, 2013-9(15) (2015), ANAS-CNR 2015 (2016-2017)   etc.

Names of scientific works


Mustafabayli E., Aghayeva D.N. 2019. New mushroom records for Azerbaijan. Ukrainian Botanical Journal, 2019, 76(4) 356-361,

Aghayeva D.N., Rigling D., Meyer J., Mustafabeyli E. 2018. Diversity of fungi occurring on the bark of Castanea sativa in Azerbaijan. Acta Horticulture P. 79-86. ActaHortic.2018.1220.12

Abasova L.V., Aghayeva D.N., Takamatsu S. 2018. Erysiphe azerbaijanica and E. linderae: two new powdery mildew species (Erysiphales) belonging to the Microsphaera lineage of Erysiphe.  Mycoscience. 59:  181-187.

Abasova L.V.,  Aghayeva D.N., Takamatsu S.  2018. Notes on powdery mildews from Azerbaijan I. Genus Erysiphe. (in print).  Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology (CREAM). 8(1): 30-53.

Aghayeva D.N., Rigling D., Prospero S. 2017. Low genetic diversity but frequent sexual reproduc­tion of the chestnut blight fungus Cryphonectria parasitica in Azerbaijan.  Forest Pathology. 2017. 47(5) DOI: 10.1111/efp.12357

Meyer J.B., Trapiello E., Senn-Irlet B., Sieber T.N., Cornejo C., Aghayeva D.N., González A.J., Simone P. 2017. Phylogenetic and phenotypic characterization of Sirococcus castaneae comb. nov. (Syn. Diplodina castaneae), a fungal endophyte and potential pathogen of the European chestnut.  Fungal biology. 121: 625-637.

Aghayeva D.N., Lutz M., Piątek M. 2016. Transmission electron microscopy of Tuberculina species (Helicobasidiales) reveals an unique mode of conidiogenesis within Basidiomycota. Fungal Biology, 120: 1010-1016.

Wall J.R., Aghayeva D.N. 2014. The practice and importance of chestnut cultivation in Azerbaijan in the face of blight, Cryphonectria parasitica (Murrill) Barr. Ethnobotany Research and Applications. 12: 165 - 174.

Harrington T.C., Yun H.Y., Lu Sh-Sh., Goto H., Aghayeva D.N.,  Fraedrick S.W. 2011.  Isolation of Raffaelea lauricola and other symbionts from the redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, in Taiwan and Japan. Mycologia.103 (5):1028 - 1036.

Harrington T.C., Aghayeva D.N., Fraedrick S.W. 2010. New combinations in Raffaelea, and four new species from the  redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus.  Mycotaxon. 111(5): 337 - 361.

Harrington T.C., Fraedrick S.W., Aghayeva D.N. 2008. Raffaelea laurelensis, a new ambrosia beetle symbiont and pathogen on the Lauraceae.  Mycotaxon. 104: 399- 404.

Aghayeva D.N., Harrington T.C. 2008.  First report of Cryphonectria parasitica on chestnut (Castanea sativa) in Azerbaijan.  Plant Pathology. 57: 383.

Aghayeva D.N., Wingfield M.J., Kirisits T., Wingfield B.D. 2005. Ophiostoma dentifundum sp. nov. from oak in Europe, characterized using molecular phylogenetic data and morphology. Mycological Research. 109 (10):1127 – 1136.

Aghayeva D.N., Wingfield M.J., de Beer Z.W., Kirisits T. 2004. Two new Ophiostoma species with Sporothrix anamorphs from Austria and Azerbaijan. Mycologia. 96 (4):865 – 877.

Aghayeva D.N. 2001. Mycobiota of Castanea sativa Mill. in Azerbaijan (2001). Forest Snow Landscape Research. 76(3): 405- 408

Membership with international and foreign scientific organizations


Member of Society of Azerbaijani Botanists, since 2018, membership number № 5;

Member of Internationa Union of Forests Research Organisations (UIFRO), since 2019, membership number № A-894

Pedagogical activity

Baku State University, teaching to bachelor degree students – 1999, 2000, 2013, 2014, 2015;

Institute of Botany of ANAS, teaching to master degree students – – 2018, 2019, 2020.

Other activities


Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Botany (1998--up to date);

Associate editor of the “Plant and Fungal Research” journal, published by Institute of Botany of ANAS (2018-up to date);

Assistant editor of the “Azerbaijan Journal of Botany” published by Society of Azerbaijani Botanists public union (2020-up to date);

Executive Secretary of the Society  of Azerbaijan Botanists public union (2018-up to date).

Awards and prizes


Award of the UNISCO/Keizo Obuchi research Program (2006);

Honorary Decree of the presidium of ANAS for effective activity in scientific and public life (2007, 2020).

Main place of work and its address

 Institute of Botany, ANAS, Badamdar highway 40, Baku, AZ1004 


 Head of Mycology department

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