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Senior lecturer

Department

Genetics
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Research Profiles

As a biologist with strong background in microbiology and biochemistry, it is difficult for me to pinpoint precisely what my interests are. However, in the last few years I have discovered that some research areas interest me more than others. Such areas include the mechanisms involved in the evolution of organisms, the dynamics of speciation and the phylobiogeography of taxa. I am therefore involved in research projects of diverse nature, all motivated by “the pleasure of finding things out”*.

My current research projects and activities can be grouped under the following headings:

  • Taxonomy and phylogeny of Ganoderma and Phellinus species from Africa,
  • Phylogeography and evolution of Armillaria species, and
  • Genomics and genome evolution of plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria.

 

*From: “The best short works of Richard P. Feynman. The pleasure of finding things out”.

I am responsible for developing, coordinating and presenting advanced phylogenetics workshops. These workshops focus on theoretical and applied aspects of methods used in inferring phylogenetic relationships amongst organisms. The workshops was initiated after the realisation that most researchers have limited experience in the practical application of evolutionary models and tree building algorithms as well as the execution of computer software used for the analyses. My major objective with the workshops is to provide "hands on" experience in the use of databases and the range of software currently available for evolutionary biologists and systematicists.


Past and current courses:

(2016) GTS261: Genetics Variation and Evolution

(2014) GTS354: Genome Evolution & Phylogenetics

(2009 - 2013) GTS352: Genomes


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Book Chapters
Roux J, Coetzee MPA. 2016. Armillaria Root Rot of Theobroma cacao. In: Cacao Diseases: A History of Old Enemies and New Encounters. Bailey BA, Meinhardt LW. (eds). Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 429-447.
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Coutinho TA. 1998. Identification of the causal agent of Armillaria root rot in South African forest plantations. In: Root and butt rots of forest trees. 9th International Conference on Root and Butt Rots, Carcans-Maubuisson (France), 1–7 September 1997: Paris: INRA (Les Colloques no. 89). Delatour C, Guillaumin J-J, Lung-Escarmant B, Marçais B. (eds). pp 49-61. PDF
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Publication
Palmer M, Steenkamp ET, Coetzee MPA, Chan W-Y, Van Zyl E, De Maayer P, Coutinho TA, Blom J, Smits THM, Duffy B, Venter SN. (2017) Phylogenomic resolution of the bacterial genus Pantoea and its relationship with Erwinia and Tatumella. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0852-4
Denman S, Barrett G, Kirk SA, McDonald JE, Coetzee MPA. (2017) Identification of Armillaria species on declined oak in Britain: implications for oak health. Forestry 90(1):148-161. 10.1093/forestry/cpw054
Govinden-Soulange J, Lobine D, Frederich M, Kodj H, Coetzee MPA, Ranghoo-Sanmukhiya VM. (2016) Metabolomic and molecular signatures of Mascarene Aloes using a multidisciplinary approach. South African Journal of Botany 108:137-143. 10.1016/j.sajb.2016.10.002
Wingfield BD, Ambler JM, Coetzee MPA, De Beer ZW, Duong TA, Joubert F, Hammerbacher A, McTaggart AR, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Ponomareva E, Santana QS, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Nest MA, Visagie CM, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Yilmaz N. (2016) IMA Genome-F 6: Draft genome sequences of Armillaria fuscipes, Ceratocystiopsis minuta, Ceratocystis adiposa, Endoconidiophora laricicola, E. polonica and Penicillium freii DAOMC 242723. IMA Fungus 7(1):217-227. 10.5598/imafungus.2016.07.01.11 PDF
Greyling I, Wingfield MJ, Coetzee MP, Marincowitz S, Roux J. (2016) The Eucalyptus shoot and leaf pathogen Teratosphaeria destructans recorded in South Africa. Southern Forests 78(2):123-129. 10.2989/20702620.2015.1136504
De Errasti A, De Beer ZW, Coetzee MPA, Roux J, Rajchenberg M, Wingfield MJ. (2016) Three new species of Ophiostomatales from Nothofagus in Patagonia. Mycological Progress 15(2):17. 10.1007/s11557-016-1158-z
Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2016) Nursery linked plantation‐outbreaks and evidence for multiple introductions of the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum into South Africa. Plant Pathology 65:357–368. 10.1111/ppa.12437
van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, Wilken PM, Coetzee MPA, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Sauerman E, Godlonton T, Trollip C, McTaggart AR, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2015) Saprophytic and pathogenic fungi in the Ceratocystidaceae differ in their ability to metabolize plant-derived sucrose. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:273. 10.1186/s12862-015-0550-7 PDF
Marincowitz S, Coetzee MPA, Wilken PM, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Phylogenetic placement of Itajahya: An unusual Jacaranda fungal associate. IMA Fungus 6(2):257-262. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.02.01 PDF
Coetzee MPA, Marincowitz S, Muthelo VG, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Ganoderma species, including new taxa associated with root rot of the iconic Jacaranda mimosifolia in Pretoria, South Africa. IMA Fungus 6(1):249-256. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.01.16 PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Zhao J, van Coller SJ, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Phylogenetic relationships among biological species of Armillaria from China. Mycoscience 56(5):530-541. 10.1016/j.myc.2015.05.001
De Errasti A, De Beer ZW, Rajchenberg M, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2015) Huntiella decorticans sp. nov. (Ceratocystidaceae) associated with dying Nothofagus in Patagonia. Mycologia 107(3):512-521. 10.3852/14-175
Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Schumacher RK, Summerell BA, Giraldo A, Gené J, Guarro J, Wanasinghe DN, Hyde KD, Camporesi E, Gareth Jones EB, Thambugala KM, Malysheva EF, Malysheva VF, Acharya K, Álvarez J, Alvarado P, Assefa A, Barnes CW, Bartlety JS, Blanchette RA, Burgess TI, Carlavilla JR, Coetzee MPA, Damm U, Decock CA, Den Breeÿen A, De Vries B, Dutta AK, Holdom DG, Rooney-Latham S, Manjón JL, Marincowitz S, et al.. (2014) Fungal Planet description sheets: 281–319. Persoonia 33:212-289. 10.3767/003158514X685680 PDF
Vélez ML, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Rajchenberg M, Greslebin AG. (2014) Evidence of low levels of genetic diversity for the Phytophthora austrocedrae population in Patagonia, Argentina. Plant Pathology 63(1):212-220. 10.1111/ppa.12067 PDF
Simpson MC, Wilken PM, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2013) Analysis of microsatellite markers in the genome of the plant pathogen Ceratocystis fimbriata. Fungal Biology 117(7-8):545-555. 10.1016/j.funbio.2013.06.004 PDF
Naidoo K, Steenkamp ET, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2013) Concerted Evolution in the Ribosomal RNA Cistron. PLoS ONE 8 10.1371/journal.pone.0059355 PDF
Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET, Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Bam S, Barnes I, Beukes CW, Chane W-Y, de Vos L, Fourie G, Friend M, Gordon TR, Herron DA, Holt C, Korf I, Kvas M, Martin SH, Mlonyeni XO, Naidoo K, Phasha MM, Postma A, Reva O, Roos H, Simpson M, Slinski S, Slippers B, Sutherland R, van der Merwe NA, van der Nest MA, Venter SNV, Wilken PM, Yandell M, Zipfel R, Wingfield MJ. (2012) First fungal genome sequence from Africa: a preliminary analysis. South African Journal of Science 108:104-122. 10.4102/sajs.v108i1/2.537 PDF
Kinge TR, Mih AM, Coetzee MPA. (2012) Phylogenetic relationships among species of Ganoderma (Ganodermataceae, Basidiomycota) from Cameroon. Australian Journal of Botany 60:526-538. 10.1071/bt12011
Baumgartner K., Coetzee MPA, Hoffmeister D. (2011) Secrets of the subterranean pathosystem of Armillaria. Molecular Plant Pathology 12:515-534. 10.1111/j.1364-3703.2010.00693.x
Coetzee MPA, Bloomer P, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2011) Paleogene radiation of a plant pathogenic mushroom. PLoS ONE 6 10.1371/journal.pone.0028545 PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Golani GD, Tjahjono B, Gafur A, Wingfield MJ. (2011) A single dominant Ganoderma species is responsible for root rot of Acacia mangium and Eucalyptus in Sumatra. Southern Forests 73:175-180. 10.2989/20702620.2011.639488 PDF
Wingfield MJ, Coetzee MPA, Crous PW, Six D, Wingfield BD. (2010) Fungal phoenix rising from the ashes?. IMA Fungus 1(2):149-153. PDF
Pildain MB, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Rajchenberg M. (2010) Taxonomy of Armillaria in the Patagonian forests of Argentina. Mycologia 102:392-403. 10.3852/09-105 PDF
Van Zuydam NR, Paciura D, Jacobs K, Wingfield MJ, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD. (2010) Barcoding and microcoding using “identiprimers” with Leptographium species. Mycologia 102(6):1274-1287. 10.3852/09-291 PDF
Coetzee MPA, Maphosa L, Wingfield BD, Mwenje E, Wingfield MJ. (2009) Characterisation of Armillaria species based on pectic isozyme analyses. Fungal Diversity 36:9-16. PDF
Pildain MB, Coetzee MPA, Rajchenberg M, Petersen RH, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2009) Molecular phylogeny of Armillaria from the Patagonian Andes. Mycological Progress 8(3):181-194. 10.1007/s11557-009-0590-8 PDF
Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Steenkamp ET, Mlonyeni OX, Hammond GNA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2009) Microsatellite discovery by deep sequencing of enriched genomic libraries. BioTechniques 46:217-223. 10.2144/000113085 PDF
Wingfield BD, Maphosa L, Coetzee MPA, Mwenje E, Wingfield MJ. (2009) Characterisation of Zimbabwean Armillaria using IGS-1 sequences and AFLP analysis. Fungal Diversity 34:187-196. PDF
Keyser M, Witthuhn RC, Lamprecht C., Coetzee MPA, Britz TJ. (2006) PCR-based DGGE fingerprinting and identification of methanogens detected in three different types of UASB granules. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 29:77-84. 10.1016/j.syapm.2005.06.003
Maphosa L, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Mwenje E, Wingfield MJ. (2006) Phylogenetic relationships among Armillaria species inferred from partial elongation factor 1-alpha DNA sequence data. Australasian Plant Pathology 35(5):513-520. 10.1071/AP06056 PDF
Mwenje E, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Nemato H, Wingfield MJ. (2006) Armillaria species on tea in Kenya identified using isozyme and DNA sequence comparisons. Plant Pathology 55(3):343-350. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2006.01347.x PDF
Roux J, Coetzee MPA. (2005) First report of pink disease on native trees in South Africa and phylogenetic placement of Erythricium salmonicolor in the homobasidiomycetes. Plant Disease 89:1158-1163. 10.1094/pd-89-1158
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Bloomer P, Wingfield MJ. (2005) Phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences reveal species partitions amongst isolates of Armillaria from Africa. Mycological Research 109(11):1223-1234. 10.1017/S095375620500393X PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Kirisits T, Chhetri DB, Bloomer P, Wingfield MJ. (2005) Identification of Armillaria isolates from Bhutan based on DNA sequence comparisons. Plant Pathology 54(1):36-45. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2004.01110.x PDF
Gezahgne A, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2004) Identification of the Armillaria root rot pathogen in Ethiopian plantations. Forest Pathology 34(3):133-145. 10.1111/j.1439-0329.2004.00352.x PDF
Jacobs A, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Jacobs K, Wingfield MJ. (2003) Phylogenetic relationships among Phialocephala species and other ascomycetes. Mycologia 95(4):637-645. PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Bloomer P, Ridley GS, Wingfield MJ. (2003) Molecular identification and phylogeny of Armillaria isolates from South America and Indo-Malaysia. Mycologia 95(2):285-293. PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Roux J, Crous PW, Denman S, Wingfield MJ. (2003) Discovery of two northern hemisphere Armillaria species on Proteaceae in South Africa. Plant Pathology 52(5):604-612. 10.1046/j.1365-3059.2003.00879.x PDF
Jacobs A, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Jacobs K, Wingfield MJ. (2003) Phylogenetic relationships among Phialocephala species and other ascomycetes. Mycologia 95(4):637-645. PDF
Mwenje E, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ. (2003) Molecular characterisation of Armillaria species from Zimbabwe. Mycological Research 107(3):291-296. 10.1017/S0953756203007408 PDF
Barnes I, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD. (2001) Characterization of Seiridium spp. associated with cypress canker based on β-tubulin and histone sequences. Plant Disease 85(3):317-321. PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Harrington TC, Steimel J, Coutinho TA, Wingfield MJ. (2001) The root rot fungus Armillaria mellea introduced into South Africa by early Dutch settlers. Molecular Ecology 10(2):387-396. 10.1046/j.1365-294X.2001.01187.x PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Bloomer P, Ridley GS, Kile GA, Wingfield MJ. (2001) Phylogenetic relationships of Australian and New Zealand Armillaria species. Mycologia 93(5):887-896. PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Coutinho TA, Wingfield MJ. (2000) Identification of the causal agent of Armillaria root rot of Pinus species in South Africa. Mycologia 92(4):777-785. PDF
Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Harrington TC, Dalevi D, Coutinho TA, Wingfield MJ. (2000) Geographical diversity of Armillaria mellea s. s. based on phylogenetic analysis. Mycologia 92(1):105-113. PDF