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52nd Southern African Society for Plant Pathology Conference

Venue: Future Africa, University of Pretoria

Date: 17th - 20th January 2021

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South African Journal of Science: Special issue on Plant Health

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International Society of Chemical Ecology

Venue: Stellenbosch University

Date: 6th - 11th September 2020

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The 31th National Symposium on Biological Invasions

Venue: Future Africa, University of Pretoria

Date: 13th - 15th May 2020

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New Publications

De Wit MP, Crookes DJ, Blignaut JN, de Beer ZW, Paap T, Roets F, Van der Merwe C, Richardson DM. (2021) Invasion of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Beetle in South Africa: A preliminary assessment of theeconomic impacts. Biological Invasions PREPRINT 10.21203/rs.3.rs-220132/v1
Migliorini D, Messal M, Santini A, Ramos AP, Talhinhas P, Wingfield MJ, Burgess T. (2021) Metabarcoding reveals southern hemisphere fungal endophytes within wood of cultivated Proteaceae in Portugal. European Journal of Plant Pathology 10.1007/s10658-021-02233-8
Balocchi F, Wingfield MJ, Ahumada R, Barnes I. (2021) Pewenomyces kutranfy gen nov. et sp. nov. causal agent of an important canker disease on Araucaria araucana in Chile. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.13353
Mullett MS, Drenkhan R, Adamson K, Boroń P, Lenart-Boroń A, Barnes I, Tomšovský M, Jánošíková Z, Adamčíková K, Ondrušková E, Queloz V, Piškur B, Musolin DL, Davydenko K, Georgieva M, Schmitz S, Kačergius A, Ghelardini L, Kranjec Orlović J, Müller M, Oskay F, Hauptman T, Halász Á, Markovskaja S, Solheim H, Vuorinen M, Heinzelmann R, Hamelin RC, Konečný A. (2021) Worldwide genetic structure elucidates the Eurasian origin and invasion pathways of Dothistroma septosporum, causal agent of Dothistroma Needle Blight. Journal of Fungi 7:111. 10.3390/jof7020111
van Wyk S, Wingfield B, De Vos L, van der Merwe A, Steenkamp E. (2021) Genome-Wide Analyses of Repeat-Induced Point Mutations in the Ascomycota. Frontiers in Microbiology 11(Article 622368):1-17. 10.3389/fmicb.2020.622368 PDF

Vacant positions

Postdoctoral position: Utilisation of the Phytophthora cinnamomi-tobacco pathosystem for functional characterisation of avocado defense genes


A position is available for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Noëlani van den Berg, who holds the Hans Merensky Chair in Avocado Research. The Fellow will be hosted by the Avocado Research Programme, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Fellow will be expected to construct vectors and perform transient and stable transformation in Nicotiana benthamiana for functional studies of avocado defense genes. Opportunities for academic development, student co-supervision, international conference attendance and engagement with industry stakeholders will be available.

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