Ting Su Yien, Adeline

Associate Professor

PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)

Email: adeline.ting@monash.edu
Telephone: (+603) 5514 6000, ext: 46105 (DID: 5514 6105)
Room number: 4-8-08 (Building 4, Level 8, No. 08)

I explore and harness various bacteria and fungi (with special interest on endophytes) for use as biocontrol or bioremediative agents. Applications include control of plant diseases, toxic metal and dye removal, hydrocarbon degradation and compost management. I am also interested in sourcing compounds and derivatives (enzymes, metabolites) from these microbes for various uses.

Ting A.S.Y., Lee M.V.J., Chow Y.Y., and Cheong S.L. 2016. Novel exploration of endophytic Diaporthe sp. for the biosorption and biodegradation of triphenylmethane dyes. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 227:109 (DOI: 10.1007/s11270-016-2810-6)

Loh J.Y.* and Ting A.S.Y. 2016. Effects of potential probiotic Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis on digestive enzyme activities of live feed Artemia franciscana. Aquaculture International, (in press) (DOI 10.1007/s10499-016-9991-2)

Ting A.S.Y. and Jioe E. 2016. In vitro assessment of antifungal activities of antagonistic fungi towards pathogenic Ganoderma boninense under metal stress. Biological Control, 96: 57-63. 

Chew S.Y. and Ting A.S.Y. 2016. Biosorption behaviour of alginate-immobilized Trichoderma asperellum, a common microfungi in single- and multi-metal systems. Separation Science and Technology (in-press) (DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2015.1130059)

Sim C.S.F., Tan W.S. and Ting A.S.Y. 2016. Endophytes from Phragmites for metal removal: evaluating their metal tolerance, adaptive tolerance behaviour and biosorption efficacy. Desalination and Water Treatment, 57(15): 6959-6966. 

Akinsanya M. A., Goh J.K., Lim S.P. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Diversity, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of culturable bacterial endophyte communities in Aloe vera. FEMS Microbiology letters, 362, fnv184 (doi:10.1093/femsle/fnv184).

Akinsanya M. A., Goh J.K., Lim S.P. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Metagenomics study of endophytic bacteria in Aloe vera using next-generation technology. Genomics Data, 6:159-163.

Chow Y.Y. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Endophytic L-asparaginase-producing fungi from plants associated with anticancer properties. Journal of Advanced Research, 6:869-876.

Chew S.Y. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Common filamentous Trichoderma asperellum for effective removal of triphenylmethane dyes. Desalination and Water Treatment (in-press) (DOI:10.1080/19443994.2015.1060173) 

Loh J.Y. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Bioencapsulation of probiotic Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis on Artemia franciscana nauplii: effects of encapsulation media on nauplii survival and probiotic recovery. Malaysian Journal of Microbiology (Special Issue-Invited paper), 11(2):121-127. 

Akinsanya M.A., Goh J.K., Lim S.P. and Ting A.S.Y.* 2015. Antimicrobial and enzymatic activities of endophytic bacteria isolated from Mentha spicata (Mint). Malaysian Journal of Microbiology (Special Issue-Invited paper), 11(2): 102-108. 

Loh J.Y. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Comparative study of analogue hormones and the embryonic, larval and juvenile development on the induced breeding of climbing perch (Anabas testudineus, Bloch, 1792). International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies, 2(5): 277-284.

Chen S.H. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Biosorption and biodegradation potential of triphenylmethane dyes by newly discovered Penicillium simplicissimum isolated from indoor wastewater sample. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 103: 1-7. 

Zacky F.A. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Biocontrol of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense tropical race 4 by formulated cells and cell-free extracts of Streptomyces griseus in sterile soil environment. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 25:6, 685-696.  

Ting A.S.Y. and Chai J.Y. 2015. Chitinase and β-1,3-glucanase activities of Trichoderma harzianum in response towards pathogenic and non-pathogenic isolates: early indications of compatibility in consortium. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 4: 109-113.

Chen S.H. and Ting A.S.Y. 2015. Biodecolorization and biodegradation potential of recalcitrant triphenylmethane dyes by Coriolopsis sp. isolated from compost. Journal of Environmental Management, 150-274-280.

Ting A.SY., Hermanto A. and Peh K.L. 2014. Indigenous actinomycetes from empty fruit bunch compost of oil palm: Evaluation on enzymatic and antagonistic properties. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 3:310-315

Tan W.S. and Ting A.S.Y. 2014. Kinetic and equilibrium modeling on Copper (II) removal by live and dead cells of Trichoderma asperellum and the impact of pre-treatments on biosorption. Separation Science and Technology, 49(13):2025-2030.

Wong Y.M., Juan J.C., Ting A.S.Y., Wu T.Y. 2014. High efficiency bio-hydrogen production from glucose revealed in an inoculum of heat-pretreated landfil leachate sludge. Energy, 72: 628-635.

Lee J.M., Tan W.S. and Ting A.S.Y. 2014. Revealing the antimicrobial and enzymatic potentials of culturable fungal endophytes from tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes spp.). Mycosphere, 5(2):351-364. 

Loh J.Y., Lim Y.Y., Harmin S.A. and Ting A.S.Y. 2014. In vitro assessment on intestinal microflora from commonly farmed fishes for control of the fish pathogen Edwardsiella tarda. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 38: 257-263. 

Wong Y.M., Juan J.C.*, Ting A.S.Y., Wu T.Y., Gan H.M. and Austin C.M. 2014. Draft genome sequence of Clostridium sp. strain Ade.TY, a new biohydrogen- and biochemical-producing bacterium isolated from landfill leachate sludge. Genome Announcements, 2(2):e00078-14. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00078-14.

Tan W.S. and Ting A.S.Y. 2014. Alginate-immobilized bentonite clay: adsorption efficacy and reusability for Cu(II) removal from aqueous solution. Bioresource Technology. 160:115-118.

Ting A.S.Y., Abdul Rahman, N.H., Mahamad Isa, M.I.H. and Tan, W.S. 2013. Investigating metal removal potential by Effective Microorganisms (EM) in alginate-immobilized and free-cell forms. Bioresource Technology, 147:636-639.

Zacky, F.A. and Ting, A.S.Y. 2013. Investigating the bioactivity of cells and cell-free extracts of Streptomyces griseus towards Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4. Biological Control, 66:204-208.

Ting, A.S.Y., Chow, YY and Tan, WS. 2013. Microbial and heavy metal contamination in commonly consumed traditional Chinese herbal medicines. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 33(1):119-124.

Ting, A.S.Y., Tay, Hq., Peh, K.L., Tan, W.S. and Tee, C.S. 2013. Novel isolation of thermophilic Ureibacillus terrenus from compost of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) of oil palm and its enzymatic activities. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 2:162-164.

Tan, W.S. and Ting, A.S.Y. 2012. Efficacy and reusability of alginate-immobilized live and heat-inactivated Trichoderma asperellum cells for Cu (II) removal from aqueous solution. Bioresource Technology, 123:290-295.

Ting, A.S.Y., Mah S.W. and Tee, C.S. 2012. Evaluating the feasibility of induced host resistance by endophytic isolate Penicillium citrinum BTF08 as a control mechanism for Fusarium wilt in banana plantlets. Biological Control 61:155-159.

Ting, A.S.Y., Mah S.W. and Tee, C.S. 2011. Detection of potential volatile inhibitory compounds produced by endobacteria with biocontrol properties towards Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 27(2): 229-235. DOI:10.1007/s11274-010-0447-y.

Ting, A.S.Y.*, Fang, M.T., Tee, C.S. 2011. Efficacy of Clay-Based Formulated Serratia in Reducing Inoculum of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4. Acta Horticulturae 897, 421-426.

Ting, A.S.Y., Meon, S., Kadir, J., Radu, S. and Singh, G. 2010. Induction of host defense enzymes by the endophytic bacterium Serratia marcescens in banana plantlets. International Journal of Pest Management. 56 (2): 183-188. DOI: 10.1080/09670870903324198.

Ting, A.S.Y., Sariah, M., Kadir, K. and Gurmit, S. 2009. Field evaluation of non-pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum isolates UPM31P1 and UPM39B3 for the control of Fusarium wilt in ‘Pisang Berangan’ (Musa, AAA). Acta Horticulturae 828: 139-144.

Ting, A.S.Y.* and Choong, C.C. 2009. Bioaccumulation and biosorption efficacy of Trichoderma isolate SP2F1 in removing copper (Cu(II)) from aqueous solutions. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 25:1431-1437.

Ting, A.S.Y. and deCosta, J.L. 2009. Comparison of the viability of probiotics from various cultured-milk drinks in a simulated pH study of the human gastrointestinal tract. International Food Research Journal, 16:59-64.

Adeline, S.Y. Ting, Sariah Meon, Jugah Kadir, Son Radu and Gurmit Singh. 2008. Endophytic microorganisms as potential growth-promoters of banana. Biocontrol, 53 (3): 541-553.

Applied microbiology.

Ting, A.S.Y.* 2015. Microbial cells dead or alive: prospect, potential and innovations for heavy metal removal. In: Chandra R. (ed.) Advances in Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Industrial Waste. CRC Press Boca Raton, Florida. Pp. 31-65. (Invited Book-Chapter)

Ting, A.S.Y.* 2014. Biosourcing endophytes as biocontrol agents of wilt diseases. In: Verma, V.C. and Gange, A.C. (eds.) Advances in Endophytic Research. Springer India. Pp. 283-300. (Invited Book-Chapter)


Exploring colonization behaviour of endophytic biocontrol agents in non-native host plants for plant disease control (MOHE) (Current: 2013-2016) (Principal Investigator)

Metalophillic fungi for removal of dyes and heavy metals: investigations on efficacy and mechanisms of removal (MOHE) (Completed: 2014-2016) (Principal Investigator)

Biosourcing for hydrolytic isolates and their manipulation for sustainable oil palm waste management (MOHE) (Completed: July 2011-June 2013) (Principal Investigator)

Screening for endophytes from various host species as biocontrol agents against Fusarium wilt of banana (MOA) (Completed: April 2008-Dec 2010) (Principal Investigator)

Effect of additives and enhancement materials on the viability and efficacy of formulated beneficial microbes (MOSTI) (Completed: Oct 2007-Dec2009) (Principal Investigator)


Screening for L-asparaginase production in endophytes from medicinal plants (Completed: Nov 2012-Oct 2013) (Principal Investigator)

Bacterial degradation of antimicrobial residues in sediment and surface waters (Completed: Mac 2011-Aug 2012) (collaborator)

Molecular characterization and metabolic profiling of actinomycetes from soil (Completed: Jan 2011-Dec 2011) (Principal Investigator)

Microbial characterization of waste and surface water (Completed: Jan 2011-Dec 2011) (collaborator)

Larvicidal and bactericidal properties of the pitcher fluid from Nepethes pitcher plants (Completed: Jan 2011-Dec 2011) (collaborator)

Investigations on the biocontrol efficacy of formulated metabolites from Trichoderma cells for Fusarium wilt management (Completed: Oct 2010-Sept 2011) (Principal Investigator)

Best Poster Awards

First Place Award. PhD Level-Biotechnology. “Cheong S.L., Cheow Y.L. and Ting A.S.Y. 2016. Antagonistic activities of endophytic fungi towards Ganoderma boninense assessed by invitro assay. International Postgraduate Research Awards Seminar (InPRAS2016). 7 & 8th March 2016. Universiti Malaya and MSMBB.”

Second Place Award. PhD Level-Botechnology. “Chen SH, Ng SL, Cheow YL and Ting A.S.Y. 2016.  Tolerance-training in heavy metals to increase metal-tolerance in microfungus. International Postgraduate Research Awards Seminar (InPRAS2016). 7 & 8th March 2016. Universiti Malaya and MSMBB.”

Tan W.S., Goh J.K., Lim S.P. and Ting A.S.Y. 2014. Amylase activities of endophytic fungi from local medicinal plant Andrographis paniculata. 32nd Symposium of the Malaysian Society for the Microbiology. 6-8th December. Terengganu, Malaysia.

Chen S.H., Ng S.L., Ting A.S.Y.* 2014. Microfungi for bioremediation-decolorization of triphenylmethane dyes and tolerance to heavy metals. 32nd Symposium of the Malaysian Society for the Microbiology. 6-8th December. Terengganu, Malaysia.

Wong Y.M., Gan H.M., Ting A.S.Y., Austin C.M., Juan J.C.* 2014. Comparison of Microbial Communities at Different Fermentation Phase of Hydrogen Production using Illumina MiSeq. 21st Annual Meeting of the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 1-3 Oct, Monash University Malaysia.

Akinsanya M, Goh JK, Lim SP and Ting ASY*. 2013. Antimicrobial activities of endophytic bacteria isolated from Mentha spicata (Mint). International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2013, Langkawi Lagoon Resort, Malaysia. 12-15 December 2013.

Loh JY, Lim YY, Sharr AH and Ting ASY*. 2013. Isolation and evaluation of intestinal microflora from farmed fishes against Ewardsiellosis caused by Edwardsiella tarda. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2013, Langkawi Lagoon Resort, Malaysia. 12-15 December 2013.

Lee, JM and Ting, ASY. 2013. Antifungal activities of fungal endophytes from pitcher plants (Nepenthes sp.) towards plant pathogens. 24th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar-Driving solutions of the future. Taylor’s University, 11 May 2013.

Wong, YM, Juan, JC, Wu, TY and Ting, ASY. 2012.   Bio-hydrogen production using heat-treated landfill leachate sludge. International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology-ICECB 2012, 29-30th December 2012. Hong Kong.

Peh, KL, Kadir, J, Radziah, O, Tan, WS and Ting, ASY. 2012. Temperature influence on lignin-degrading activities of fungi from compost of oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB). Malaysia International Biological Symposium: Sustainable Management of Bioresources. 11-12th July 2012, Residence Hotel, Selangor, Malaysia.

Peh, KL, Kadir, J., Othman, R. And Ting ASY. 2011. Fungal species from oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) and their lignin-degrading potential. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 8-11 December 2011, Penang. Malaysia.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Awards

PVC Award - Research Excellence (ERC) (2013)

PVC Award - Research Excellence (Round 2/2012)

PVC Award - Research Excellence (Round 1/2012)

PVC Award - Teaching Excellence (Round 1/2012)

Fellowships and Travel Grants:

Travel grant (SEARCA) 2007. ProMusa-ISHS Symposium: Recent advances in banana crop protection for sustainable production and improved livelihoods. 10-14th September 2007. South Africa.

Travel grant (ProMusa, ISHS). 2003. 2nd International Symposium on Fusarium Wilt on Banana. 22nd-26th September 2003. Salvador, Brazil. 

National Science Fellowship (MOSTI) 2001-2005.

PhD Students (Present)

1. Shane Tan Wei Shang

Project title: Diversity and Bioactive Compounds of Endophytic Fungi from Medicinal Plants (main supervision)

2. Mushafau Akinsanya 

Project title: Genetic survey and characterization of endophytic bacteria with medicinal properties (main supervision)

3. Chow Yiing Yng

Project title: Colonization studies of endophytic biocontrol agents in non-native host plants (main supervision)

4. Chen Si Hui

Project title: Metalophilic fungi for removal of dyes and heavy metals: investigations on efficacy and mechanisms of removal (main supervision)

5. Carrie Sim Siew Fang

Project title: Evaluating the use of metal-tolerant endophytes as plant-growth promoters and biocontrol agents in metal-laden acidic soils (main supervision)

6. Roy Cheong Siew Loon

Project title: Endophytic biocontrol agents from non-native host plants for the control of Ganoderma in oil palm (main supervision)

PhD Students (Completed)

1. Wong Yee Meng

Project title: Production of biohydrogen from landfill leachate (Co-supervisor) (2015)

2. James Loh Jiun Yan

Project title: Bioencapsulation and Disease Suppression Studies of Beneficial Bacteria Against Edwardsiella tarda Infection in Climbing Perch larvae (Anabas testudineus, Bloch) (main supervision)

Honours Students (Completed)

1. Shane Tan Wei Shang

Project title: Efficacy of Cu(II) removal by formulated viable and non-viable Trichoderma cells

2. Fathima Ameena Zacky

Project title: Antifungal activity of formulated and non-formulated metabolites and free-cells of Streptomyces griseus towards Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cubense race 4

3. Hayden Wang Shao Jie

Project title: Antimicrobial activity and the effects of nutrients on streptomycin production by Streptomyces griseus isolate St20

4. Chen Si Hui

Project title: Removal of triphenylmethane dyes by filamentous fungi

5. Yoo Hye Seung

Project title: Colonization behaviour of endophytic fungal antagonists in banana host plants

6. Chow Yiing Yng

Project title: L-asparaginase production and optimization in endophytes from local plants with anticancer properties

7. Alex Hermanto

Project title: Optimization of L-asparaginase production in endophytes

8. Carrie Sim Siew Fang

Project title: Metal uptake preference by mixed microbial biosorbents

9. Chew Sze Ying

Project title: Alginate-immobilization of microbial biomass for dye and metal removal

10. Vinusha Padmanathan

Project title: Thermo-effect on beneficial properties of edible mushrooms

11. Hwan Khing Yuan

Project title: Effects of storage and cooking temperatures on macrofungi

Honours Student (Present)

1. Samriti Marcharchand

Project title: Influence of nutrients on dye removal potential of Trichoderma asperellum

2. Yap Ling Sze

Project title: Heat and chemical treatment of biosorbents for metal removal

3rd Year Project Students (Completed)

1. Vonny Ivon Leo

Project title: Antimicrobial activity of endophytes isolated from some Malaysian ornamental shrubs with traditional medicinal values

2. Lim Su Jin

Project title: Metallophilic fungal isolates: identification and metal removal potential

3. Carolyn Tay Huiqing

Project title: Hydrolytic activity of thermophilic isolates from Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) compost

4. Chow Yiing Yng

Project title: Analysis of biosafety of commonly used Chinese herbal medicine

5. Alex Hermanto

Project title: Investigating enzymatic activities of actinobacteria from EFB compost and their antagonistic potential against Ganoderma boninense

6. Lee Jin Min

Project title: Enzymatic and antimicrobial activities of endophytes from pitcher plants (Nepethes sp.)

7. Carrie Sim Siew Fang

Project title: Metal tolerance and biosorption potential of endophytic fungi from Phragmites

8. Chai Jing Yun

Project title: Modulated enzymatic response of the mycoparasites Trichoderma harzianum towards pathogenic and non-pathogenic isolates. 

9. Melvin Lee Vun Jye

Project title: Dye removal by viable and non-viable cells of endophytic Diaporthe phaseolorum (WAA002). 

10. Christina Efstathiou (SupBiotech Internship Project)

Project title: Batch studies for pre-treated Diaporthe phaseolorum (WAA002). 

11. Meghna Jahajeeah

Project title: Antifungal activities of endophytes towards Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4 under metal stress.

12. Erica Jioe

Project title: Antifungal activities of endophytes towards Ganoderma boninense under metal stress

13. Melvin Disastra

Project title: Physico-Chemical treatments and their influence on dye removal efficacy of Coriolopsis sp. (1c3)

14. Tan Yen Yen

Project title: Physico-chemical treatments and their influence on dye removal efficacy of Diaporthe sp. (WAA02)

15. Manon Ameline Marie Gallais (SupBiotech Internship Project)

Project title: Influence of media concentrations on growth and decolorization activities of Coriolopsis sp. (1c3)

3rd Year Project Students (Present)

  1. Gan Peck Ting

Project title: Comparing antioxidant and total phenolic content in various tea


Golden Key National Honour Society (since 1998)

Malaysian Society for Microbiology (MSM)

Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA)

ISHS Workgroup Musa Crop Protection network 

Journal Reviewer

Biological Control, Biocontrol Science and Technology, Bioresource Technology, Separation Science and Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Desalination and Water Treatment, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Technology, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering Journal