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2016
Student: Elsie Magretha Cruywagen
Thesis Title: Diversity and taxonomy of fungi infecting species of Adansonia (Baobab)
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: Waheed Mahomed
Thesis Title: Describing the continuum of salicylic acid and jasmonic acid mediated defence response in avocado-Phytophtora cinnamomi interaction
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: Ronishree Mangwanda
Thesis Title: Transcriptional profiling of Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana elucidates host defence mechanisms and putative pathogenicity strategies
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisor: Dr. N. A. van der Merwe, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Ritesh Mewalal
Thesis Title: Functional characterisation of cell wall-related proteins of unknown function (CW-PUFs) in Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisor: Dr. E. Mizrachi, Prof. S. Mansfield
 
Student: Sarai Olivier-Espejel
Thesis Title: Patterns and drivers of insect community diversity and composition in non-native black wattle and pine plantations in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. J. Garnas
Co-advisor: Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
2015
Student: Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Thesis Title: Molecular ecology and management of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae)
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
Student: Gerda Fourie
Thesis Title: Evolution of mitochondrial genomes in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. N. A. van der Merwe
 
Student: Jeanne Korsman
Thesis Title: Molecular responses of maize to its foliar pathogen, Cercospora zeina
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: DongHyeon Lee
Thesis Title: Invasive biology of Ceratocystis in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: David Read
Thesis Title: Improving co-existence of the citrus industry and Citrus Tristeza virus through better genotype detection and understanding populations
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
 
Student: Bianca Reeksting
Thesis Title: Elucidating the early response of Persea americana to Phytophthora cinnamomi and flooding
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
Co-advisor: Dr. N. Taylor
 
Student: Stephen Taerum
Thesis Title: Origin and diversity of the invasive red turpentine beetle and its fungal symbionts
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Stefan van Wyk
Thesis Title: Soybean nodule development and senescence: The role of cysteine proteases and their inhibitors
Supervisor: Dr. B. J. Vorster
Co-advisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Tania Weller-Stuart
Thesis Title: Genomic and functional characterization in Pantoea ananatis
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. I. Toth, Dr. P. de Maayer
 
Student: Markus Wilken
Thesis Title: Mating in Ceratocystis
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Mingliang Yin
Thesis Title: Taxonomic revision of four major species complexes in the Ophiostomatales (Fungi, Ascomycota), with specific reference to associates of conifer-infesting bark beetles in China
Supervisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
Co-advisor: Dr. X. D. Zhou, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2014
Student: Bertha-Lucia de Castro
Thesis Title: Diseases of coffee with particular references to those affecting stems and roots in Colombia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: Nanette Christie
Thesis Title: Transcriptional regulation underlying the quantitative genetic response of maize to grey leaf spot disease
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Nicole M. Creux
Thesis Title: In silica and functional characterization of the cellulose synthase 1 gene promoter of Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisor: Prof. C. Maritz-Olivier
 
Student: Dawit Degefu
Thesis Title: Ecology and genetic diversity of Coryphodema tristis on Eucalyptus nitens in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Dr. J. R. Garnas, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
Student: Karen Anne Eatwell
Thesis Title: Remediation of instability in Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) in tree breeding populations
Supervisor: Prof. C. Z. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. S. D. Verryn
 
Student: James du Guesclin Harrison
Thesis Title: Phylogeny of the Pegyline and taxonomy of selected southern African Leucopholina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae), with an emphasis on genera of agricultural concern
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Steven Grant Hussey
Thesis Title: Functional genomics of NAC transcription factor SND2 regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Fahimeh Jami
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Acacia karroo in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. M. Gryzenhout
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Matome Eugene Makgopa
Thesis Title: Production and characterization of trangenic Arabidopsis and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) plants overexpressing oryzacystatin-1
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Celia M. Martins
Thesis Title: Characterizing four cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Mozambican landraces deposited in a seed bank for drought tolerance
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Michael Mbenoun
Thesis Title: Diversity, ecology and taxonomy of tree infecting Ceratocystis species in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Eshchar Mizrachi
Thesis Title: Functional genomics and systems genetics of cellulose biosynthesis in Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Divine Y. Shyntum
Thesis Title: Characterising the Type VI secretion system in Pantoea ananatis
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Dr. L. N. Moleleki
 
2013
Student: Rodrigo J. Ahumada N.
Thesis Title: Diseases of Pinus radiata in Chile
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: Tuan Duong Anh
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, mating type distribution and population biology in species of Leptographium and Grosmannia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Berhanu Amsalu Fenta
Thesis Title: Investigation of the physiological responses in soybean and common beans to water deficit
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: James du Guesclin Harrison
Thesis Title: Phylogeny of the Pegylina and taxonomy of selected southern African Leucopholina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae): with an emphasis on genera of agricultural concern
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Anand R. K. Kullan
Thesis Title: Genomic mapping of growth and wood properties in interspecific hybrids of Eucalyptus grandis and E. urophylla
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Kershney Naidoo
Thesis Title: Mitochondrial genomes and concerted evolution in Ceratocystis
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Carlos Alberto Rodas Peláez
Thesis Title: Important pests and diseases of plantation grown pines and Eucalyptus in Colombia and their control
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: René Sutherland
Thesis Title: The effect of cold stress on resistance in Cavendish bananas to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense "subtropical" race 4
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
Co-advisors: Prof. A. Viljoen, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Matšepo Motšelisi Taole
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic reassessment and population biology of the Eucalyptus pathogen Teratosphaeria suttonii isolated from diseased Eucalyptus leaves
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. T. I Burgess, Dr. M. Gryzenhout
 
Student: Marelize van Wyk
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of species in Ceratocystis sensu lato
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2012
Student: Ali 'Obaid Khamis Al 'Adawi
Thesis Title: Studies on Ceratocystis spp. associated with mango die-back in Oman
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. Deadman, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. I. Barnes
 
Student: Zacharias Wilhelm de Beer
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of Ophiostoma spp. with Sporothrix anamorphs and their generic relationships in the Ophiostomatales
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Lieschen de Vos
Thesis Title: Genetic linkage map and QTL analysis of a cross between Fusarium subglutinans and Fusarium circinatum
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Endale G. Kedisso
Thesis Title: Manipulation of gibberellin biosynthesis for the control of plant height in tef (Eragrostis tef) for lodging resistance
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Richard G. Mitchell
Thesis Title: Reducing the risk of the pitch canker fungus (Fusarium circinatum) to Pinus patula in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: David Talengera
Thesis Title: Functional analysis of Cyclin D2;1-type genes expressed in transgenic banana plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. G. T. S. Beemster
 
Student: Nicolaas Albertus van der Merwe
Thesis Title: Phylogeography and population biology of Chrysoporthe austroafricana and allied species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2011
Student: ShuaiFei Chen
Thesis Title: Fungal diseases of eucalypts in China
Supervisor: Dr. X. D. Zhou
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Roux, Prof. Y. J. Xie, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Charles Amadeus Hefer
Thesis Title: Assembly, annotation and polymorphism analysis of a draft transcriptome sequence for a fast-growing Eucalyptus plantation tree
Supervisor: Prof. F. Joubert
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Wubetu Bihon Legesse
Thesis Title: Understanding the global population genetics of Diplodia pinea and its life cycle in plantation pines
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers, Dr. T. Burgess
 
Student: María-Noel Cortinas Irazabal
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population genetics of Teratosphaeria causing stem cankers on Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Pieter de Maayer
Thesis Title: Genome comparisons to identify selected pathogenicity factors of a plant-associated Pantoea ananatis strain
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Dr. P. R. J. Birch
 
Student: Rosita Endah Yocgo
Thesis Title: Functional characterization of two banana NPR1 genes for pathogen defense response in Arabidopsis
Supervisor: Dr. R. Chikwamba
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Adriaana Jacobs
Thesis Title: Taxonomy of species within the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
Student: Gilbert Kamgan Nkuekam
Thesis Title: Ophiostomatoid fungi and their insect associates on Eucalyptus trees in Australia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alejandro Guillermo Pérez Suárez
Thesis Title: Global genetic diversity of the Eucalyptus leaf pathogen Teratosphaeria nubilosa species complex in native forests and commercial plantations
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: Zacharias Hendrik Swanevelder
Thesis Title: Aphid-plant interactions and the possible role of an endosymbiont in aphid biotype development
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. E. Venter
 
Student: Magrieta Aletta van der Nest
Thesis Title: Mycelial compatibility in Amylostereum areolatum
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. J. Stenlid
 
2010
Student: Aime-Didier Begoude Boyogueno
Thesis Title: Characterization of Botryosphaeriaceae and Cryphonectriaceae associated with Terminalia spp. in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alvaro Jorge Durán Sandoval
Thesis Title: Determination and characterization of the causal agent of Pinus radiata needle blight in Chile
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. M. Gryzenhout, Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: William Andile Grootboom
Thesis Title: Effect of RNAi down-regulation of three lysine-deficient kafirins on the seed lysine content of sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]
Supervisor: Dr. R. Chikwamba
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Brett Phillip Hurley
Thesis Title: Factors influencing the control of the Sirex woodwasp in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Lorenzo Lombard
Thesis Title: Phylogeny and taxonomy of Calonectria and its Cylindrocladium anamorphs
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Bruce O'Clive Zwelibanzi Maseko
Thesis Title: Dieback of cold tolerant eucalypts associated with Phytophthora spp. in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Dr. T. I. Burgess, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Ryan L. Nadel
Thesis Title: Molecular and chemical ecology of the Eucalyptus pest, Thaumastocoris peregrinus
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. M. C. Scholes, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2009
Student: Carrie Louise Brady
Thesis Title: Taxonomic evaluation of the genus Pantoea based on a multigene approach
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Juanita de Wet
Thesis Title: Molecular studies on the taxonomy, host-associations and viruses of the Diplodia-like anamorphs of the Botryosphaeriaceae
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. O. Preisig
 
Student: Irene Barnes
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and population biology of the red band needle blight pathogen and related species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Ronald Natale Heath
Thesis Title: Ceratocystis species in southern and eastern Africa with particular reference to Ceratocystis albifundus
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Draginja Pavlic
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with woody hosts in Southern Africa and Western Australia
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Seyed Mahdi Ziaratnia
Thesis Title: Identification and characterization of a novel phenolic compound and cinnamate 4-hydroxylase in Helichrysum aureonitens Sch. Bip.
Supervisor: Prof. J. J. M. Meyer
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
2008
Student: Veloshinie Govender
Thesis Title: Vigour of fungicide-treated and untreated maize seeds following storage
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. Q. Kritzinger
 
Student: Andrew Kiggundu
Thesis Title: Engineering plant cysteine protease inhibitors for the transgenic control of banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) amd other coleopteran insects in transgenic plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. A. Viljoen, Prof. D. Michaud
 
Student: Barnabas Anthony Kiula
Thesis Title: Increasing line combining ability and gray leaf spot resistance in maize by integrating conventional with DNA marker technology
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. N. G. Lyimo
 
Student: Sanushka Naidoo
Thesis Title: Microarray expression studies in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana infected with the bacterial pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. K. J. Denby
 
Student: Pamela Paparu
Thesis Title: Plant defense responses against Radopolus similis in East African Highland bananas (EAHB-AAA) inoculated with endophytic non-pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. T. duBois, Dr. D. Coyne
 
Student: Anneke Prins
Thesis Title: Proteases and protease inhibitors involved in plant stress response and acclimation
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. C. Foyer
 
Student: Carlos Alberto Pérez Rodríguez
Thesis Title: Relationship between pathogens of Eucalyptus and native Myrtaceae in Uruguay
Supervisor: Prof. R. Blanchette
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. N. Altier
 
Student: Barend Juan Vorster
Thesis Title: Using whole genome comparison to detect sequence similarities between plants and microbes
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. A. Cullis
 
2007
Student: Sissay Bekele
Thesis Title: Identification of citrus (Citrus sinensis) postharvest pathogens from Ethiopia and their control
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. Regnier
 
Student: Teresa Goszczynska
Thesis Title: Emerging diseases of maize and onion caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Pantoea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Ahmed Idris Hassen
Thesis Title: Efficacy of rhizobacteria for growth promotion and biocontrol of Pythium ultimum and Fusarium oxysporum on sorghum in Ethiopia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Gavin Craig Hunter
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and population biology of Mycosphaerella species occuring on Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
2006
Student: Shahasi Yusuf Athman
Thesis Title: Host-endophyte-pest interactions of endophytic Fusarium oxysporum antagonistic to Radopholus similis in banana (Musa spp.)
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen, Dr. T. Dubois, Dr. D. Coyne
 
Student: Getu Beyene
Thesis Title: Gene expression and plant performance in oryzacystatin-I expressing transformed tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv. Samsun) plants under abiotic stress
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. H. Foyer
 
Student: Mesfin Bogale
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of Fusarium isolates from Ethiopia
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Sari Ramón Mohali Castillo
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeria species and their anamorphs from Venezuela
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. B. Slippers, Dr. T. Burgess
 
Student: Bridget Genevieve Crampton
Thesis Title: Elucidation of defence response mechanisms in pearl millet
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Johan de Graaf
Thesis Title: Integrated pest management of the banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar), in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. P. Govender
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen, Prof. A. Schoeman
 
Student: Gertina Wilhelmina du Plooy
Thesis Title: Aspects of mango (Mangifera indica L.) fruit rind morphology and chemistry and their implication for postharvest quality
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Marieka Gryzenhout
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of Cryphonectria and allied genera
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Grace Nakabonge
Thesis Title: Studies on Cryphonectria species in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Ida Paul
Thesis Title: Modelling the distribution of Citrus Black Spot caused by Guignardia citricarpa Kiely
Supervisor: Prof. A. S. van Jaarsveld
Co-advisors: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Noëlani van den Berg
Thesis Title: Identification of genes associated with tolerance in the Cavendish banana selection, GCTCV-218, against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, 'subtropical' race 4
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Dr. P. R. J. Birch, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2005
Student: Yoseph Beyene Aydagn
Thesis Title: Genetic analysis of traditional Ethiopian Highland Maize (Zea mays L.) using molecular markers and morphological traits: implication for breeding and conservation
Supervisor: Dr. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Legesse Wolde Beyene
Thesis Title: Genetic diversity, combining ability and heterosis in maize inbred lines (Zea mays L.) for the highlands of Ethiopia
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. A. A. Myburg, Dr. K. V. Pixley
 
Student: Quenton Kritzinger
Thesis Title: Antimicrobial activity and fumonisins associated with cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. N. Lall
 
Student: Sabine Lezar
Thesis Title: Assessment and development of microarray-based DNA fingerprinting in Eucalyptus grandis and related species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. A. Myburg, Prof. D. K. Berger, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Joseph Ndunguru
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of cassava mosaic geminiviruses in Tanzania
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. G. Thompson, Dr. J. Legg, Dr. C. Fauquet
 
Student: Ella Johanna van der Linde
Thesis Title: Ergot of nut sedge in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
2004
Student: Appolinaire Adandonon
Thesis Title: Damping-off and stem rot of cowpea in Benin caused by Sclerotium rolfsii
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. M. Tamo
 
Student: Martin Petrus Albertus Coetzee
Thesis Title: Molecular phylogenetic studies on Armillaria with specific reference to Southern Hemisphere species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. P. Bloomer
 
Student: Pascal Fandohan
Thesis Title: Fusarium infection and mycotoxin contamination in preharvest and stored maize in Benin, West Africa
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mauricio Alejandro Marín Montoya
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic and molecular population biology studies on Ceratocystis spp. associated with conifer and coffee diseases
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. O. Preisig, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. T. Kirisits
 
Student: Joseph Obagwu
Thesis Title: Developing biopesticides for control of citrus fruit pathogens of importance in global trade
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. Regnier
 
Student: Yolisa Patronella Pakela
Thesis Title: Interaction between Colletotrichum dematium and cowpea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Jacqueline Elise van der Waals
Thesis Title: Epidemiology of early blight on potatoes in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling, Dr. F. D. N. Denner
 
Student: Schalk Willem van Heerden
Thesis Title: Studies on Cryphonectria cubensis in South Africa with special reference to mycovirus infection
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. O. Preisig, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Eduard Venter
Thesis Title: The molecular characterization of the interaction between Fusarium circinatum and Pinus patula
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Marinda Visser
Thesis Title: Molecular biological studies of the Fusarium wilt pathogen of banana in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. T. R. Gordon, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2003
Student: Deidrè Fourie
Thesis Title: Bacterial diseases of dry beans in South Africa special reference to common bacterial blight and its control
Supervisor: Prof. P. S. van Wyk
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alemu Gezahgne
Thesis Title: Diseases of exotic plantation forestry trees in Ethiopia
Supervisor: Dr. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Pramanathan Govender
Thesis Title: Soil invertebrate pests in the re-establishment of plantations in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. C. H. Scholtz
 
Student: Lynelle Lacock
Thesis Title: Profiling of gene expression in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) line PI 137739 in response to Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia Mordvilko) feeding
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Henrietta Myburg
Thesis Title: Molecular phylogenetic studies on species of Cryphonectria and related fungi
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Dean Oelofse
Thesis Title: Molecular approaches towards anthracnose resistance in lupins
Supervisor: Prof. I. A. Dubery
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Bernard Slippers
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of Botryosphaeriaceous fungi occurring on various woody hosts
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. P. W. Crous, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Christell van der Vyver
Thesis Title: Stress-induced genome alterations in plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. A. Cullis
 
Student: Chantal van Niekerk
Thesis Title: Analysis of gene expression in Triticum aestivum L. cv. 'Tugela DN' after Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia Mordvilko) infestation
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Jan Hendrik Viljoen
Thesis Title: Mycotoxins in grain and grain products in South Africa and proposals for their regulation
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: XuDong Zhou
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and biology of Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with conifer-infesting bark beetles
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2002
Student: Sandra Denman
Thesis Title: Botryosphaeria diseases of Proteaceae
Supervisor: Prof. P. W. Crous
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Henriette Britz van Heerden
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population genetics of Fusarium subglutinans sensu lato on pine and mango
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
Student: Ntsane Moleleki
Thesis Title: RNA viruses of Sphaeropsis sapinea and Diaporthe ambigua and their possible use as biological control agents
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. O. Preisig
 
Student: Esmé van Jaarsveld
Thesis Title: Phytophthora nicotianae on tobacco and its control in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Drenth, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2001
Student: Percy Maruwa Chimwamurombe
Thesis Title: Molecular plant-pathogen interactions with special reference to Eucalyptus grandis polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins and fungal polygalacturonases
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Hendrik Smith
Thesis Title: Biology of Botryosphaeria dothidea and Sphaeropsis sapinea as endophytes of eucalypts and pines in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Emma Theodora Steenkamp
Thesis Title: Molecular taxonomic studies of selected species in the Gibberella fujikuroi complex
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
2000
Student: Cousins Gwanama
Thesis Title: The hererotic patterns of fruit yield and quality of Cucurbita moschata using RAPD genetics markers and combing ability estimates
Supervisor: Prof. M. T. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Karin Jacobs
Thesis Title: The genus Leptographium: a critical taxonomic analysis
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Baone Cynthia Kwerepe
Thesis Title: Integrated pest management of Meloidogyne incognita on Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea)
Supervisor: Dr. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. A. S. Claassens
 
Student: Conrad L. Schoch
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic relationships and population dynamics of Calonectria
Supervisor: Prof. P. W. Crous
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
1999
Student: Zachee Ngoko
Thesis Title: Mycotoxin contamination of maize in relation to insect infestation, agricultural practices and agroecology in the republic of Cameroon
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. K. F. Cardwell
 
Student: Daniël Jacobus Theron
Thesis Title: Fusarium dry rot of potatoes etiology, epidemiology, toxicity and control
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Leonel Merwe van Zyl
Thesis Title: Factors associated with Coniothyrium canker of Eucalyptus in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Jacobus Francois Wolfaardt
Thesis Title: Utilization of wood-decay fungi for Biokraft pulping of softwood
Supervisor: Dr. C. J. Rabie
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
1998
Student: Celeste Linde
Thesis Title: Population structure of Phytophthora cinnamomi in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Drenth
 
Student: Jolanda Roux
Thesis Title: Diseases of Acacia mearnsii in South Africa, with particular reference to Ceratocystis wilt
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Stephanus Hendrik Swart
Thesis Title: The biology, aetiology and control of Alternaria brown spot disease of Minneola tangelo in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. W. J. Swart
 
Student: Regina Cornelia Witthuhn (née Strydom)
Thesis Title: Molecular taxonomy and mating type genes in Ceratocystis sensu stricto
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. T. C. Harrington
 

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Marincowitz S, Duong TA, Heiniger U, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new Leptographium species from the roots of declining Pinus sylvestris in Switzerland. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12346
Faulkner KT, Hurley BP, Robertson MP, Rouget M, Wilson JRU. (2017) The balance of trade in alien species between South Africa and the rest of Africa. Bothalia 47 10.4102/abc.v47i2.2157
Van der Linde JA, Wingfield MJ, Crous CJ, Six DL, Roux J. (2017) Landscape degradation may contribute to large-scale die-offs of Euphorbia ingens in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 111:144-152. 10.1016/j.sajb.2017.03.022 PDF
Kenis M, Hurley BP, Hajek A, Cock MJW. (2017) Classical biological control of insect pests of trees: facts and figures. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1414-4
Van der Linde JA, Six DL, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Fungi and insects associated with Euphorbia ingens die-off in South Africa. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2016.1263004 PDF