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PhD student

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Short CV
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Primary Supervisor
Fanus Venter

Co Supervisor
Oleg Reva
Emma Steenkamp
Juan Vorster

 

Burkholderia species, belonging to the Beta-Proteobacteria, was first recognised as rhizobium in 2001. In the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), these beta-rhizobia are one of the dominant symbionts with the South African native indigenous legumes.

To further our understanding of the biology and evolution of this symbiosis, I am focusing on the genomic, transcriptomic and advance taxonomic work on the South African CFR plant associated Burkholderia symbionts for my Phd study.

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Book Chapters
Reva ON, Chan WY, Benzuidt OKI, Lapa SV, Safronova LA, Avdeeva LV, Borriss R. 2014. Genetic barcoding of bacteria and its microbiological and biotechnological applications. In: Bioinformatics and Data Analysis in Microbiology. Bishop OT. (eds). Caister Academic Press, Norfolk, pp 231-245.
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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
Steenkamp ET, van Zyl E, Beukes CW, Avontuur J, Chan W-Y, Palmer M, Mthombeni LS, Phalane FL, Sereme TK, Venter SN. (2015) Burkholderia kirstenboschensis sp. nov. nodulates papilionoid legumes indigenous to South Africa. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 38(8):545-554. 10.1016/j.syapm.2015.09.003
De Maayer P, Chan W-Y, Martin DAJ , Blom J, Venter SN, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Coutinho TA. (2015) Integrative conjugative elements of the ICEPan family play a potential role in Pantoea ananatis ecological diversification and antibiosis. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:576. 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00576
Weller-Stuart T, Chan W-Y, Coutinho TA, Venter SN, Smits THM, Duffy B, Goszczynska T, Cowan DA, de Maayer P. (2014) Draft genome sequences of the onion center rot pathogen Pantoea ananatis PA4 and maize brown stalk rot pathogen P. ananatis BD442. Genome Announcements 2(4) e00750-14
De Maayer P, Chan WY, Rubagotti E, Venter SN, Toth IK, Birch PR, Coutinho TA. (2014) Analysis of the Pantoea ananatis pan-genome reveals factors underlying its ability to colonize and interact with plant, insect and vertebrate hosts. BMC Genomics 15:404. 10.1186/1471-2164-15-404 PDF
Chan WY, Dietel K, Lapa SV, Avdeeva LV, Borriss R, Reva ON. (2013) Draft genome sequence of Bacillus atrophaeus UCMB-5137, a plant-growth-promoting rhizobacterium. Genome Announcements 1(3):1-2. 10.1128/genomeA.00233-13 PDF
Le Roux WJ, Chan WY, De Maayer P, De Maayer P, Venter SN. (2013) Genome Sequence of Vibrio cholerae G4222, a South African Clinical Isolate. Genome Announcements 1(2):1-2. 10.1128/genomeA.00040-13 PDF
De Maayer P, Chan WY, Blom J, Venter SN, Duffy B, Smits THM, Coutinho TA. (2012) The large universal Pantoea plasmid LPP-1 plays a major role in biological and ecological diversification. BMC Genomics 13(625):1-12. 10.1186/1471-2164-13-625 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
De Maayer P, Chan WY, Rezzonico F, Buhlmann A, Venter SN, Blom J, Goesmann A, Frey JE, Smits THM, Duffy B, Coutinho TA. (2012) Complete Genome Sequence of Clinical Isolate Pantoea ananatis LMG 5342. Journal of Bacteriology 194(6):1615-1616. 10.1128/JB.06715-11 PDF
De Maayer P, Chan WY, Venter SN, Toth IK, Birch PRJ, Joubert F, Coutinho TA. (2010) Genome Sequence of Pantoea ananatis LMG20103, the Causative Agent of Eucalyptus Blight and Dieback. Journal of Bacteriology 192(11):2936-2937. 10.1128/JB.00060-10 PDF