The students and staff of the CPHB and the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) are involved in various outreach initiatives. These initiatives serve to educate and bring knowledge and information to people whether they are our future scientists or those supporting science in South Africa. The initiatives touch the lives of learners (both primary and high school), students at Higher Education Institutions and also the general public.

 
 

 

Mentorship programme

The vision for the CPHB includes a strong mentoring component, which is in part achieved with the CPHB Mentorship programme. In this programme undergraduate students are mentored by postgraduate students in the CPHB / TPCP. For this programme, undergraduate students who have the potential to follow long-term careers in science are specifically targeted. The Mentorship programme has numerous important areas of impact. Firstly, the undergraduate students in the programme are exposed to a strong culture of science in a programme that is internationally competitive. Secondly, by targeting undergraduate students, the Mentorship programme promotes postgraduate studies among its mentees, as well as their peers because they will most probably communicate some of their experiences to their peers. The end result is that the broader student body becomes better informed about what a career in science can offer them. Finally, the mentorship programme is also beneficial to postgraduate students. Having to mentor a student can be an important learning experience and being able to mentor young scientists is an essential element of any career in science or research.

National Science Week, ad hoc exhibitions and school visits

The CPHB student body is actively involved every year in the National Science Week. During this week, the CPHB students spark the enthusiasm of learners for science through the use of interesting, and sometimes outrageous, experiments. Students and staff of the CPHB are also regularly participating in official exhibitions and school visits during which they present their research and inform the public about the different research areas of the programme.

(See "Information Nuggets" for more interesting stories)

New Publications

Chang J, Duong TA, Schoeman C, Ma X, Roodt D, Barker N, Li Z, Van de Peer V, Mizrachi E. (2022) The Genome of the King Protea, Protea cynaroides. The Plant Journal 10.1111/tpj.16044
Wingfield BD, Berger DK, Coetzee MPA, Duong TA, Martin A, Pham NQ, Van den Berg N, Wilken PM, Arun-Chinnappa KS, Barnes I, Buthelezi S, Dahanayaka BA, Durán A, Engelbrecht J, Feurtey A, Fourie A, Fourie G, Hartley J, Kabwe ENK, Maphosa M, Narh Mensah DL, Nsibo DL, Potgieter L, Poudel B, Stukenbrock EH, Thomas C, Vaghefi N, Welgemoed T, Wingfield MJ. (2022) IMA genome‑F17. 13:19. 10.1186/s43008-022-00104-3
Candotti J, Christie N, Ployet R, Mostert-O’Neill MM, Reynolds SM, Neves LG, Naidoo S, Mizrachi E, Duong TA, Myburg AA. (2022) Haplotype mining panel for genetic dissection and breeding in Eucalyptus. The Plant Journal 10.1111/tpj.16026
Swalarsk Parry BS, Steenkamp ET, Van Wyk S, Santana QC, van der Nest MA, Hammerbacher A, Wingfield BD, De Vos L. (2022) Identification and characterization of a QTL for growth of Fusarium circinatum on pine-based medium. Journal of Fungi 8(11):1214. 10.3390/jof8111214
Wienk R, Mostert‑O’Neill M, Abeysekara N, Manosalva P, Freeman B, van den Berg N. (2022) Genetic diversity, population structure and clonal verification in South African avocado cultivars using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. Tree Genetics and Genomes 18(41) 10.1007/s11295-022-01573-8 PDF
Narh Mensah D, Wingfield B, Coetzee MPAC. (2022) Nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters and characteristics of predicted NRPS-dependent siderophore synthetases in Armillaria and other species in the Physalacriaceae. Current Genetics 10.1007/s00294-022-01256-w
Theron E, Bophela KN, Bisschoff J, Shin G, Coutinho TA, Van der Waals JE. (2022) Survey of Soft Rot Pectobacteriaceae Infecting Potatoes in South Africa. Potato Research 10.1007/s11540-022-09598-1
Pal E, Allison JD, Guignard Q, Hurley BP, Slippers B, Fourie G. (2022) Characterisation of the Alarm Pheromone of Bathycoelia Distincta (Pentatomidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 10.1007/s10886-022-01388-w
Ngo TT, Nguyen B-LT, Duong TA, Nguyen T-HT, Nguyen TL, Kieu KT, Do M-HT, Nguyen SV, Thang ND, Pham HTL. (2022) Polyphasic evaluation and cytotoxic investigation of isolated cyanobacteria with an emphasis on potent activities of a Scytonema strain. Frontiers in Microbiology 13:1025755. 10.3389/fmicb.2022.1025755
Glässnerová K, Kolařík M, Kubátová A, Siqueira JPZ, Gené J, Visagie CM, Yaguchi T, Houbraken J, Sklenář F, Hubka V. (2022) A monograph of Aspergillus section Candidi. Studies in Mycology 102:1–51. 10.3114/sim.2022.102.01
Solís M, Hammerbacher A, Wingfield MJ, Naidoo S. (2022) A robust disease scoring method to screen Eucalyptus for resistance against the aggressive leaf blight pathogen, Teratosphaeria destructans. Plant Disease 10.1094/PDIS-06-22-1347-RE
Balocchi F, Marincowitz S, Wingfield MJ, Ahumada R, Barnes I. (2022) Three new species of Pewenomyces (Coryneliaceae) from Araucaria araucana in Chile. Mycological Progress 21(92):1:23. 10.1007/s11557-022-01840-x PDF
Guillino ML, Pugliese M, Pan X, Makkouk K, Loplan R, Juroszek P, Hurley BP, Garrett K, Chakraborty S, Angelotti F, Al-Jboory I, Albajes R, Stephenson T. (2022) Climate change and pathways used by pests as challenges to plant health in agriculture and forestry. Sustainability 14:12421. 10.3390/su141912421 PDF
Wilson AM, Wingfield MJ. (2022) Truncation of MAT1-2-7 deregulates developmental pathways associated with sexual reproduction in Huntiella omanensis. Microbiology Spectrum 10.1128/spectrum.01425-22
Hedlund BP, Chuvochina M, Hugenholtz P, Konstantinidis, Murray AE, Palmer M, Parks DH, Probst AJ, Reysenbach A, Rodriguez-R LM, Rossello-Mora R, Sutcliffe IC, Venter SN, Whitman WB. (2022) SeqCode: a nomenclatural code for prokaryotes described from sequence data. Nature Microbiology 10.1038/s41564-022-01214-9 PDF
Fru FF, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Steenkamp ET. (2022) High diversity and clonality are hallmarks of Fusarium circinatum in South Africa. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.13644
Venter SN, Palmer M, Steenkamp ET. (2022) Relevance of prokaryotic subspecies in the age of genomics. New microbe and New infections 48 10.1016/j.nmni.2022.101024
Read DA, Pietersen G, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET. (2022) Chrysanthemum virus B and chrysanthemum chlorotic mottle viroid infect chrysanthemum in South Africa. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 10.1007/s13314-022-00478-8
Suzuki H, Marincowitz S, Winfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2022) Genetic diversity and population structure of Chrysoporthe deuterocubensis isolates from Melastoma and Eucalyptus in Malaysia and Indonesia. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12762
Liu QL, Wingfield MJ, Doung TA, Wingfield BD, Chen SF. (2022) Diversity and distribution of Calonectria species from plantation and forest soils in FuJian Province, China. Journal of Fungi 8(8):811. 10.3390/jof8080811