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Kunert K, Vorster BJ . (2020) In search for drought-tolerant soybean: is the slow-wilting phenotype more than just a curiosity?. Journal of Experimental Botany 71(2):457-460. 10.1093/jxb/erz235 PDF
Musvuugwa T, De Beer ZW, Dreyer LL, Duong T, Marincowitz S, Oberlander KC, Roets F. (2020) New ophiostomatoid fungi from wounds on storm-damaged trees in Afromontane forests of the Cape Floristic Region. Mycological Progress 19(1):81-95. 10.1007/s11557-019-01545-8
Nagel J, Cruywagen EM, Machua J, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2020) Highly transferable microsatellite markers for the genera Lasiodiplodia and Neofusicoccum. Fungal Ecology 44:100903. 10.1016/j.funeco.2019.100903
Rauf MRBA, McTaggart AR, Marincowitz S, Barnes I, Japarundin Y, Wingfield MJ. (2020) Pathogenicity of Chrysoporthe deuterocubensis and Myrtoporthe bodenii gen. et sp. nov. on Eucalyptus in Sabah, Malaysia. Plant Pathology 49(1):53-64. 10.1007/s13313-019-00676-6
Guo Y, Hunziker L, Mesarich CH, Chettri P, Dupont PY, Ganley RJ, McDougal RL, Barnes I, Bradshaw RE. (2020) DsEcp2-1 is a polymorphic effector that restricts growth of Dothistroma septosporum in pine. Fungal Genetics and Biology 135:103300. 10.1016/j.fgb.2019.103300
Aylward J, Havenga M, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2020) Genomic characterization of mating type loci and mating type distribution in two apparently asexual plantation tree pathogens. Plant Pathology 69:28-37. 10.1111/ppa.13094 PDF
Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Vanderwolf K, Renaud JB, Sumarah MW, Houbraken J, Assebgui R, Seifert KA, Malloch D. (2020) Penicillium diversity in Canadian bat caves, including a new species, P. speluncae. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 5:1-15. 10.3114/fuse.2020.05.01
Liu FF, de Beer ZW, Divakar PK, Crespo A, Pizarro D, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Kanzi AM, Sayari M, Chang RL, Ferreira MA, Chen SF, Duong TA. (2019) DRaft genome sequences of five Calonectria species from Eucalyptus plantations in China, Celoiporthe dispersa, Sporothrix phasma and Alectoria sarmentosa. IMA Fungus 10(22) 10.1186/s43008-019-0023-5
Yin ML, Wingfield MJ, Zhou XD, de Beer ZW. (2019) Phylogenetic re-evaluation of the Grosmania penicillata complex (Ascomycota, Ophiostomatales), with the description of five new species from China and USA. Fungal Biology 10.1016/j.funbio.2019.12.003
McTaggart AR, du Plessis E, Roux J, Barnes I, Fraser S, Granados GM, Ho WWH, Shuey LS, Drenth A. (2019) Sexual reproduction in populations of Austropuccinia psidii. European Journal of Plant Pathology 10.1007/s10658-019-01903-y

Vacant positions

One-year internships in Plant Health Biotechnology

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) at FABI offers a one-year internship to graduates in the Biological Sciences. The Centre’s vision is to utilize world-class and innovative scientific research and biotechnology for (i) promoting the long-term health and sustainable use of socio-economically important plants and (ii) facilitating inclusive postgraduate education and human capital development.

The CPHB Internship Programme is designed to expand the depth and breadth of the interns’ previous academic learning in the plant health domain. Interns will also gain practical experience in how to apply theory, subject knowledge and biotechnology for solving real-world problems regarding the diseases and pests of plants that are of socio-economic importance. The Programme will also emphasize and inform interns’ subsequent decisions about their careers, whether in industry, government, the private sector or in academia as postgraduate students. 

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