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Date Type Details
2017-12-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Duccio Migliorini
Molly Malefo - to be provided.
Buyani Ndlovu - to be provided.
Thapelo Maboko - to be provided.
Dineo Mailula - to be provided.
2017-11-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk
Nam Pham - to be provided.
Zorada Swart - to be provided.
Ariska van der Nest - to be provided.
Robyn Smith - to be provided.
2017-11-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Margot Otto
Josephine Queffelec - to be provided.
Tsholofelo Kibido - to be provided.
JieQiong Li - to be provided.
Gina Shin - to be provided.
2017-11-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: to be advised
Caitlin Gevers - to be provided.
Esna du Plessis - to be provided.
Shannon Flemington - to be provided.
Juanita Avontuur - to be provided.
2017-11-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Isaiah Nthenga
Pfano Mbedzi - To be provided.
Khumbuzile Bophela - to be provided.
Marja O'Neill - to be provided.
Johnathan Breedenkamp - to be provided.
2017-11-06 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: to be advised

An Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop will be hosted by FABI from 6-10 November. 

2017-11-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ntombi Nkomo
David Nsibo - To be provided.
Melissa Joubert - to be provided.
Angelique du Preez - to be provided.
Willem Pretorius - to be provided.
2017-10-30 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: to be advised

An Introductory Phylogenetics Workshop will be hosted by Inqaba from 30 October - 3 November. 

2017-10-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Desre Pinard
Wilma Nel - To be provided.
Stephanie van Wyk - to be provided.
Johan Liversage - to be provided.
Danielle Roodt - to be provided.
2017-10-19 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: to be advised
Tamanique Kampman - To be provided.
Arista Fourie - to be provided.
Azille Schulze - to be provided.
Elrea Strydom - to be provided.
2017-10-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Lazarus Takawira
Mandy Messal - To be provided.
Seamus Morgan - to be provided.
Juanita Hanneman - to be provided.
Thuso Moshabesha - to be provided.
2017-10-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Buyani Ndlovu
Bianca Jardim - To be provided.
Tanya Welgemoed - to be provided.
Zimbili Mlunjwa - to be provided.
Puseletso Manyaka - to be provided.
2017-09-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Maria Ntsowe
Edohan Clasen - To be provided.
Stephan Henning - to be provided.
Quentin Guignard - to be provided.
Tsakani Miyambo - to be provided.
2017-09-21 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Lorraine Mhoshwa
Brigitte Langenhoven - Investigating the Exserohilum turcicum-sorghum interaction
Catherine Tatham - Deciphering the mating locus structure and genetic diversity of Teratosphaeria destructans.
Phophi Nethononda - to be provided.
Livhuwani Mukwevho - to be provided.
2017-09-14 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: to be advised
Katlego Masike - Application of HIGS to manage diseases in agriculturally important plants.
Firehiwot Eshetu - The Molecular Ecology of the Sirex-Amylostereum invasion in Australasia and its biocontrol agent, Deladenus siricidicola.
2017-09-11 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

PostDoc seminar by Dr Janneke Aylward has unfortunately been cancelled until further notice.

2017-09-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Rachel Mkandawire - Diverse Fusarium species associated with malformed inflorescences in Syzygium cordatum.
Nikki Miguel - to be provided.
Katrien Brown - Detangling chromatin: Identifying DNase hypersensitive sites in Eucalyptus grandis.
Robert Backer - Functional characterisation of avocadoNPR1-like homologs that regulate pathogenesis-related gene expression..
2017-09-04 12h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. Phil Hugenholtz, a research visitor to the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics

His talk is entitled: Calibrating uncultured microbial diversity with a genome-based taxonomy.

Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

2017-08-31 08h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Professor Paulette Bloomer, HoD Genetics, will present a talk entitled “South Africa’s faunal evolutionary hotspots: perspectives to address conservation needs”.

2017-08-28 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Vuyiswa Bushula will be presenting a seminar on his PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title: Genetic diversity and pathogenicity of sorghum-associated Fusarium spp.

2017-08-28 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Jonathan Plett, a Research Scientist, from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University, Australia, will present a special seminar on 28 August at 16:00 in the FABI Auditorium. 

His talk is entitled:  “Tuning in to rhizosphere radio: Decoding the conversations between plants and microbes to breed more sustainable crops”.

Wine and cheese will be served after the seminar.

2017-08-25 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Professor Patrick Forterre from the Institut Pasteur, Paris, will present a special seminar in the FABI seminar room on 25 August at 15:00.

Tittle: LUCA and the Universal tree of life.

2017-08-24 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Lichelle Grobler - CRISPR-Cas9 mutagenesis of a selected cysteine protease in Nicotiana benthamiana.
Joseph Machua - Identification and pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Eucalyptus and native Myrtales in Kenya.
Claudio de Nuzzo - Activation of fungal and Anti-herbivore defense mechanisms using elicitor peptides in maize.
2017-08-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Joseph Machua
Alandie NieuwoudtDevelopment of a CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing in Exserohilum turcicum.
Mohamed SeedatIdentification of CRN effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection.
2017-08-14 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr. Nanette Christie will be presenting a seminar on her PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title: A systems genetics browser for genome-wide expression association data in forest trees.

2017-08-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Miekie Human
Michael Bufe - The early physiological response of Avocado rootstocks to infection with Phytophthora cinnamomi.
Donovin Coles - Functional genetic analysis of NRT2.5 in Arabidopsis thaliana defence.
Bradley Vincent - The characterisation of catechol dioxygenase in species from the Ceratocystidaceae.
Collins Tanui - RNA-seq reveals quorum sensing-dependent activation of genes involved in ecological fitness during Pcb1692 potato-host infection.
2017-08-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Tanay Bose
Stephan Engelbrecht - Dissecting cis-regulatory variation in Eucalyptus hybrids with allele-specific expression analysis.
Kayla Noeth - Investigating the development of the wood-boring moth Coryphodema tristis on Eucalyptus nitens in South Africa.
Julanie Stapelberg - Development of an heterologous expression platform in indigenous South African algae.
2017-07-31 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Tuan Duong will be presenting a seminar on his PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title: Ophiostomatoid fungi: Taxonomy, evolution and genomics.

2017-07-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: To be advised
Firehiwot Eshetu - The molecular ecology of the Sirex-Amylostereum invasion in Australasia and its biocontrol agent Deladanus siricidicola.
Stephan Engelbrecht - to be announced.
2017-07-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Zander Human -The bacterial diversity in the infructescences of Protea repens and the surrounding litter and soil.
Chrizelle Beukes - The impact of whole genome sequencing on rhizobial taxonomy.
Marike Palmer - Genome based metabolic and physiological separation of linkages within Pantoa.

 

2017-07-17 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Gerda Fourie will be presenting a seminar on her PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting

Title: The Macadamia Protection Programme at FABI.

2017-07-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Andi Wilson
Melissa Joubert - Development of a novel pathosystem for the molecular study of Phytophthora cinnamomi using Nicotiana benthamiana.
Nikki Miguel - Identification of T6SS Effectors from Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense.
Isaiah Nthenga - Patterns and mechanisms of defence of entomopathogenic nematodes against white grubs (Scarabaeidae, Coleoptera).
Seamus Morgan - The genus Quambalaria, with reference to its taxonomy and pathology.
2017-07-10 13h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Aquillah Kanzi’s PhD Prestige Seminar on Monday 10 of July at 13h00 in the FABI Auditorium.

Aquillah’s talk is entitled: "Comparative genomics of Chrysoporthe species."

Refreshments and pizza will be served after the seminar.

2017-07-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mkhululi Maphosa
Dineo Mailula - The biosynthesis of fusel alcohols by plants and microorganisms.
Shania Facey - Is poor detection of grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 in South African root stocks due to host resistance?
2017-07-03 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Lieschen de Vos will be presenting a seminar on her PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting

Title to be provided.

2017-06-29 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Buyani Ndlovu
Shannon Flemmington - Current understanding of the mechanisms of systemic plant defence in woody angiosperm species. 
Sophie Makua - Evolution of immune-related genes in Hymenoptera with special interest on the interaction between Sirex and Deladenus
Thapelo Maboko - Genetic transformation system of Chrysoporthe austroafricana.
2017-06-22 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Elodie Ekoka
Puseletso Manyaka - Gene content and the evolution of the genus Burkholderia sensu lato.
Bradley Vincent - Characterisation of Catechol dioxygenase in species from the Ceratocystidaceae.
2017-06-19 08h30 PostDoc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Michelle Schroder will be presenting a seminar on her PostDoc project after the Monday Morning Meeting

Title: Biological control of Gonipterus.

2017-06-15 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Katrin Fitza
Zanele Mahlangu - Quality of on-farm-saved seeds: Red-speckled beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) produced by subsistence farmers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Alessandro Gricia - Identification and characterization of novel Type VI Secretion System effectors within Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. Brasiliensis.
Juanita Avontuur - The evolution of symbiotic loci in the Bradyrhizobium genus.
2017-06-08 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Buyani Ndlovu
FeiFei Liu - Phylogeny and diversity of Huntiella species (Ceratocystidaceae) associated with Eucalyptus in southern China.
Ariska van der Nest - If a pathogen exists in a forest and nobody is there to find it does it still cause disease? Dothistroma septosporum in Spain.
2017-06-05 08h30 Post Doc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Research Fellow Dr Fahimeh Jami.

Title to be supplied.

2017-06-01 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Lorraine Mhoswa
Angelique du Preez - Identification of pests, pathogens and symbionts of South African cycads.
JieQiong Li - Identification of Calonectia species from Eucalyptus plantations and nurseries in South China.
Emeldah Rikhotso - The epidemiology of Teratospheria destructans in South Africa and the developement of an artificial inoculation technique for screening of Eucalyptus species.
2017-06-01 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
There will be a joint special seminar by Dr Sofie de Meyer from the Centre for Rhizobium Studies, Murdoch University, Australia and Dr Euan James from the James Hutton Institute, Scotland.
Dr Sofie de Meyer’s talk is entitled: “Productive resilient legume symbioses well matched for farming systems.”
Whilst Dr Euan James’s talk is entitled, "Biogeography of Beta-rhizobial symbioses in legumes.”
Cheese and Wine will be served after the seminar.
2017-05-25 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Nsibo
Esna du Plessis - Austropuccinia psidii: distribution, host range and population diversity in South Africa.
Willem Pretorius - Title pending.
Katrien Brown - The DNAse hypersensitivity of Eucalyptus grandis immature xylem.
2017-05-22 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: FABI seminar room

An Introductory Phylogenetics Workshop will be hosted by Inqaba from 22-26 May. 

2017-05-22 08h30 Post Doc Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Post Doctoral Fellow Dr Markus Wilken.

Title: Mating in the Ceratocystidaceae: A post-PhD perspective.

2017-05-18 11h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Velushka Swart will be presenting her Prestige seminar in the FABI Auditorium at 11h00. 

Title: Functional genomics of the cercosporin biosynthetic gene cluster in the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2017-05-12 12h00 Prestige Seminar

Factors affecting the distribution of selected species of the Botryosphaeriaceae

Venue: FABI seminar room

James Mehl PhD Prestige Seminar   

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2017-05-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mohammad Sayari
Sydney Sithole - Secondary metabolite gene clusters in Chrysoporthe spp.
Tsakani Miyambo - Identification of PGs in Phytophthora cinnamomi and PGIPs in Persea americana, and the cloning of PGIP genes.
2017-05-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Marike du Plessis
Johan Liversage - White collar crime in light of a dashing love affair.
Lazarus Takawira - High throughput reconstruction of secondary cell wall-related transcriptional regulatory networks in Eucalyptus grandis
Johnathan Bredenkamp - Examining the repertoire of seven transmembrane proteins in the Fusarium fujikuroi complex.
Tsholofelo Kibido - Influence of water deficit on symbiotic performance during soybean (Glycine max) nodule development.
2017-04-24 08h30 Post Doc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr Elsie Cruywagen.

Title: Baobabs and 'Bots'.

2017-04-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mandy Messal
Josephine Queffelec - Influence of reproductive biology on the invasive capacity of Hymenoptera species.
Bianca Rodriguez-Jardim - Sex determination in Sirex noctilio.
Katlego Masike - Application of HIGS to manage diseases in agriculturally important plants.
Stephan Engelbrecht - Haplotype phasing and allele-specific expression analysis of Eucalyptus hybrids.
2017-04-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Juanita Avontuur
Ginna Granados - Austropuccinia psidii and Cryphonectriaceae on Myrtales in Colombia.
Alandie Nieuwoudt - A CRISPR-CAS9 system for genome editing in Exserohilum tercicum.
Molly Molefo - The role of serine protease inhibitors in biotic and abiotic stresses. 
Kay Bophela - Identification of Pseudomonas isolates associated with bacterial canker of stone fruit trees in the Western Cape.
2017-04-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Josephine Queffelec
Lorraine Mhoswa - Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) of Leptocybe invasa resistance in Eucalyptus grandis.
Vou Shutt - Identification of Xanthomonas isolates causing black spots on tomato in South Africa.
Caitlin GeversThe complex Leptocybe invasa community on Eucalyptus.
Nare Ngoepe - Genome Wide Association Studies of growth and wood properties on Eucalyptus grandis elite population using the EuCHIP60K SNP chip.
2017-04-03 08h30 Post Doc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr Sonali Ranade.

Title: Effect of light quality in Scots pine.

2017-03-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stepanie van Wyk
Catherine Tathum - Tetrasphaeria on the move.
Quentin Guinard - How to investigate a pheremone in insects.
Michael Bufe - Early physiological responses of three avocado rootstocks to infection with Phytophthora cinnamomi
Tanay Bose - Diversity of Phytophthora species associated with the roots of native and non-native trees in South Africa.
2017-03-24 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Please join us for a Special Seminar by Dr. Frederique van Gijsegem on Friday 24 March at 16:00 in the FABI Auditorium.
Dr. van Gijsegem's talk is entitled: "The soft rot enterobacteria Dickeya genus: regulatory networks and comparative genomics of potato pathogens". 

Refreshments will be served after the Seminar.

2017-03-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Phopi Nethononda
Elodie Ekoka - Transcriptome and Proteome analyses highlight differences in carbon metabolism between Eucalyptus grandis source and sink tissues. 
Edohan Clasen -  Horizontal gene transfer in the Sirex - Amylostereum - Deladenus symbiosis.
Pfano Mbedzi - Initial screening of soybeans for Simple Sequence Repeats conferring resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.
2017-03-23 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Please join us for Phathie Sibanda's Prestige Seminar on Thursday 23 March at 12:00 in the FABI Auditorium.
Phathie's talk is entitled: "Functional analysis of quorum sensing in Pantoea ananatis."
Refreshments will be served after the Seminar.
2017-03-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Collins Tanui
Mandy Messal - Fungal treasures within Eucalyptus RNA-seq data.
Ntombikayise Nkomo - The role of transcriptional regulators in the virulence and survival of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense 1692 (Pcb 1692). 
Martin Wierzbicki - Quantification of total acetyl content in Eucalyptus wood.
Zimbili Mlunjwa - Expression of candidate maize defence genes in response to Cercospora zeina.
2017-03-13 15h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

FABI will host a Special Seminar by Dr Robert Waterhouse on Monday, 13 March. Dr Waterhouse's talk is entitled "Genome biology and evolution of harmful and helpful arthropods".

2017-03-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ntombikayise Nkomo
Margot Otto - Microbial communities in healthy and diseased Cherry (Prunus avium) tissue.
Nam Pham - Novel Calonectria species from plantation and nursery soils in South-East Asia.
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of CRN effector genes Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection.
2017-03-06 08h30 Post Doc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Post Doctoral Fellow Dr Vicky Maloney.

Title: Exploring cell wall synthesis. 

2017-03-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Quentin Guignard
Darryl Herron - Fusarium and grass: its a jungle out there.
Elrea Appelgryn - Development of a positive strand-specific RT-PCR to detect the replicative intermediate of Soybean blotchy mosaic virus.
Yves du Toit - Comparative transcriptomics of Eucalyptus to pathogens and pests.
Brigitte Langenhoven - Identification of important host responses as a result of Exserohilum tercicum infection.
2017-02-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Rachel Mkandawire
Donovin Coles - Functional characterisation of Nitrate Transporter 2.5 in Arabidopsis thaliana defence.
Robert Backer - Functional characterisation of PaNPR1-like homologs that regulate pathogenesis-related gene expression - an update.
2017-02-20 08h30 Post Doc Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Post Doctoral Fellow Dr Trudy Paap.

Title: Pathologist on the move.

2017-02-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Mkhululi Maphosa - Characterisation of the core and accessory genomes of Fusarium circinatum.   
Stephanie van Wyk - The Repeat Induced Point Mutation pathway: Driving lineage divergence of the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.  
Collins Tanui - Influence of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein on pathogenicity in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense.
2017-02-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Livhuwani Mukwevho - Genetic diversity and host resistance to Ceratocystis fimbriata on sweet potato.
Redzuan Rauf - Ceratocystis fimbriata sense stricto from sweet potato does not infect propagated Acacia spp. in Malaysia.
Buyani Ndlovu - Transient expression and effect-evaluation of putative Phtophthora cinnamomi RXLRs on Nicotiana benthamiana leaves.
2017-02-08 15h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Please join us for Jacqueline Meyer's Prestige Seminar. The title of her talk is: "RNA-Seq and metabolite profiling of resistant and susceptible sub-tropical maize lines reveals a role for kauralexins in resistance to grey leaf spot disease, caused by Cercospora zeina".
Refreshments will be served afterwards.
2017-02-06 16h30 TPCP/CTHB Publication Party
Venue: FABI Courtyard

Join the TPCP and CTHB in celebrating the first First Author publications of PhD and MSc students .

Refreshments will be served. 

2017-02-06 13h00 #FAMEclub meeting
Venue: FABI seminar room

For those interested in hearing what the #FAMEclub is about, please join us in this meeting where Darryl Herron will explain what the club plans for 2017!

2017-02-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest
Rachel Mkandawire: Diverse Fusarium species associated with malformed inflorescences in Syzygium cordatum.
Wilma Nel: Genome sequencing reveals heterothallism for the root pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola.
2017-02-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Rachel Mkandawire - Title pending.
Wilma Nel - Title pending.
2017-02-01 10h00 FABI Monthly Tea
Venue: FABI Square

Please join us this Wednesday for the FABI Monthly Tea. It will be in the FABI II Square (in front of the FABI Auditorium).

2017-01-31 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a Special Seminar presented by Prof. Mario Rajchenberg from the Research and Extension Center for Andean Patagonian Forests (Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico - CIEFAP).

His talk is titled: "Pinotage... Malbec... Eucalypts and wood-rots."

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2017-01-27 11h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. Mary Barbercheck (Penn State University, USA) in the FABI Auditorium.

Prof. Barbercheck's talk is entitled: "Effects of soil characteristics and management on Metarhizium, a bifunctional fungus, in organic cropping systems".

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2017-01-26 14h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Please join us for Birhan Abate's Prestige Seminar. His presentation title is "Molecular characterisation and evaluation of entomophathogenic nematodes in South African forestry plantations".

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2017-01-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Joey Hulbert: Methods for surveying plant pathogens with citizen science

Godfrey Kgatle: Alternaria species: contaminants, saprophytes or pathogens of sunflower seeds?

Angel Maduke: Botryosphaeriaceae associated with native and non-native Myrtaceae trees in South Africa.

Azille Schulze: Detection, identification, genome sequencing and characterisation of member of the Potyvirus genome from a South African collection. 

2017-01-23 08h30 FABI Opening and Breakfast
Venue: FABI seminar room

FABI's first Monday Morning Meeting for 2017 will take place at 08h30. The annual group photo will then be taken followed by a welcome breakfast.

2016-12-08 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Willem Pretorius - Analysing the differential expression of miRNAs in Solanum tuberosum cultivars (Valor and BP1) in response to infection with Pectobacterium carotovorum brasiliensis (Pcb). 
Emeldah Rikkotso - Eucalyptus leaf pathogens in South Africa, with particular reference to Teratosphaeria destructans
Phopi Nethononba - The influence of population diversity and density on the fitness of Anaphes nitens Girault (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae). 
2016-12-01 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Tsakani Miyambo - The in silico identification of PGs in Phytophthora cinnamomi and PGIPs in Persea americana.
Esna du Plessis - Puccinia psidii: distribution, host range and population diversity in South Africa.
Riaan Swanepoel - A billion piece puzzle: Optimizing de novo transcriptome assembly strategies for non-model organisms.
2016-11-24 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Vou Shutt
Tsholo Kibido - Effect of osmo-tolerant rhizobial strain on symbiotic nitrogen fixation efficiency in Soybean under water deficit conditions.
Wilma Janine - Taxonomy, phylogeny and typification of Thielaviopsis basicola.   
2016-11-19 18h00 FABI year End Function
Venue: Off campus
2016-11-18 09h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Eston Mutitu's Prestige seminar titled "Invasion history of Thaumastocoris peregrinus and development of a biological control agent".

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-11-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Joseph Machua
Stephan Engelbrecht - Towards a robust allele-specific expression pipeline for hardwood tree species from RNA-seq data.
Johnathan Bredenkamp - Using Hidden Markov Model profile comparisons to elucidate the origin of 7 transmembrane proteins in fungi.
Gina Shin - An Hfq knockout mutation in Pantoea ananatis.
2016-11-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Caitlin Gevers - The complex gall community associated with Leptocybe 
invasa on eucalyptus.
Katlego Masike - Application of HIGS for the management of diseases in 
agriculturally important plants.
Katrien Brown - The accessible chromatin landscape of Eucalyptus.
2016-11-08 09h00 Three mycological seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Discovery of novel bioactive fungal metabolites in the course of an international research frameworkProf Marc Stadler (Department Microbial Drugs, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany)

A multi-gene based phylogeny of the Xylariaceae (Ascomycota) - Lucile Wendt (Department Microbial Drugs, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany)

Exploiting the secondary metabolites of Kenya’s tropical Basidiomycota -  Clara Chepkirui (Department Microbial Drugs, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany)

2016-11-07 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Fungi Down Under: Sand, Gum Trees and Porcini

by Prof. Roy Halling from the New York Botanical Garden

2016-11-07 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: FABI 2 Computer labs

The Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop will be presented between 2-7 November by the CTHB under the leadership of Dr Martin Coetzee.

Click here for more information.

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2016-11-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson: Katrin Fitza
Kay Bophela - The effect of drought and ring nematode stress combination in predisposing Prunus domestica (Plums) to Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae infection: A PhD proposal
Vou Shutt - Phylotype and sequevar identification of Ralstonia isolates infecting tomato in South Afric
Bianca Jardim - The molecular characterisation of sex determination genes in Sirex noctilio

2016-11-01 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: To be advised

An Introductory Phylogenetics Workshop will be presented from 1-4 November.

Please contact Inqaba Biotech for more information and pricing. 

2016-10-31 Symposium
Venue: FABI seminar room

FABI and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are hosting a joint symposium on Chemical Ecology from 31 October - 2 November. 

Everyone dealing with chemistry and/or ecology in plants or other organisms is welcome to attend. 

Further details can be got at: 

http://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/chemical-ecology/symposium

2016-10-31 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Speaker: Dr Marc Kenis from Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology Section at CABI in Switzerland
Title: "Drosophila suzukii, a worldwide invasive pest"
2016-10-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson: Andi Wilson
Molly Malefo - The Role of Cysteine and Serine Proteases and their Inhibitors in Biotic & Abiotic Stress
Josephine Queffelec - Sirex noctilio, The Influence of Reproductive Biology on the Dynamics of an Invasive Species
Johan Liversage - Identification and Expression of Blue Light Photoreceptors in Maize Foliar Pathogens

2016-10-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Miekie Human
Dorah Mwangola - Diversity of Chrysoporthe austroafricana in southern Africa. 
Quentin Guignard - Chemical and visual influences on insect behaviour: Opportunities to study applied biology of Sirex noctilio.
Andi Wilson - A review on the genetic factors influencing sexual reproduction in filamentous fungi.
2016-10-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Magdaleen Cilliers
Catherine Tathum - Characterisation of the Teratosphaeria destructans mating type locus.
Lorraine Mhoswa - Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) of Leptocybe invasa in Eucalyptus grandis.
Alandee Nieuwoudt - A CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing inExserohilum turcicum.
Arista FourieInheritance of phenotypic traits in the progeny of a Ceratocystis interspecific cross.
2016-10-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Birhan Abate
Thapelo Maboko - Genetic manipulation of the mating system in Chrysoporthe austroafricana.
Joey Hulbert - Methods of sampling Phytophthora with citizen science. 
Edohan Clasen - Identification of horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes using bioinformatic analyses.
2016-09-29 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Tanay Bose
Lizel Potgieter - Endpolygalacturonase trends in Agaricales
Miranda Erasmus -   Redefining the Generic Boundaries in the Ophiostomatales
Mandy Messal - Metabarcoding of Botryosphaeriaceae in phyllosphere communities
Marike Palmer - BISMiS 2016 and the Golden Triangle
2016-09-29 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Stanford Kwenda's Prestige Seminar.

Title: Defense responses of potato plant stems infected by Pectobacterium carotovorum ssp. brasiliense

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-09-22 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson: Zander Human
Nadine Venter - Functional characterization of type IV pili in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis
Elodie Ekoka  - Towards developing a plastid purification protocol for Eucalyptus grandis source and sink tissues for organelle proteomics
Conrad Trollip - Generating a mapping population in Ceratocystis eucalypticola

2016-09-15 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Buyani Ndlovu
Tanay Bose - Phytophthora umhlaba sp. nov. A species from South African native and plantation forestry.
Drew Behrens - Transcriptional dynamics of the small noncoding RNA transcriptome in source, transport and woody sink tissues in Eucalyptus grandis.
Azille Schulze - The detection and characterisation of viruses that could potentially play a role in maize lethal necrosis disease in Southern and East  Africa.
2016-09-14 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a Special Seminar by Prof. Frits Rijkenberg.

Title: The SEM and TEM of early infection by rust fungi.

2016-09-08 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Edward Onkendi
Martin Wierzbicki - Systems genetics of xylan modification in Eucalyptus
Angel Maduke - The occurrence and species diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae species on native and non-native Myrtaceae and their association with Eucalyptus in eastern and southern Africa.
Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry - Detection of QTL associated with growth of Fusarium circinatum and Fusarium temperatum on host plant-derived media.
Desre Pinard - Organellar gene expression in Eucalyptus grandis.
2016-09-01 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
FeiFei Liu - Identification of Ceratocystis cercfabiensis from eucalyptus and taro in China.
Junior Tii-Kuzu - Genomic diversity atlas of tropical pine species grown in South Africa and southern America.
Zimbili Mlonjwa - Expression of candidate maize defence genes in response to Cercospora zeina.
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of CRN effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection.
2016-09-01 10h00 FABI Spring Tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard

All FABI members are cordially invited to celebrate the arrival of spring at the annual Spring Tea in the FABI Courtyard.

Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a bowtie while ladies can don a hat!

Please RSVP to Chrizelle Beukes by 9 August.

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2016-08-25 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Kay Bophela
Yves du Toit - A meta-analysis approach to understand defence response patterns in Eucalyptus.
Nam Pham - Taxonomy and diseases caused by Calonectria - a literature review.
2016-08-18 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Desre Pinard
Brigitte Langenhoven - Developing an in planta fungal quantification method for Exserohilum turcicum.
Zander Human - Characterisation of the microbial diversity in Protea repens infructescences.
2016-08-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Elrea Appelgryn - Alternative hosts, vectors and genomics of Soybean blotchy mosaic virus.
Margot Otto - Genetic variability and whole genome sequences of Pseudomonas syringae isolated from cherry trees.
Robyn Smith - Targeted expression profiling of a key defence pathway in Pinus patula, Pinus tecunumanii (LE) and hybrid seedlings in response to Fusarium circinatum.
2016-08-11 14h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. Panos Tsopelas.

Title: Canker stain disease: a major threat to natural stands of Platanus orientalis in the Balkan Peninsula.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-08-10 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Alex Osorio's Prestige Seminar on 10 August at 16h00.

Title: Diseases of mangrove trees in South Africa.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-08-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alisa Postma
Lizahn Zwart - The Eucalyptus grandis proteome: clues about responses to Chrysoporthe austroafricana.
Rachel Mkandawire - Fusarium species associated with malformed inflorescences on Syzigium cordatum.
Danielle Roodt - Science and adventure: VIB research visit and ESOF16 feedback.
Ronel Roberts - Detection of Candidatus liberibacter species from Greening affected citrus in East Africa.
2016-07-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk
David Nsibo - Population genetics of Cercospora zeina, a maize grey leaf spot pathogen in eastern and southern Africa.
Miekie Human - Identifying effectors from a susceptible interaction between Exserohilum turcicum and Zea mays.
2016-07-21 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Stephanie van Wyk - RIP: Driving genome divergence of the pitch canker pathogen.
Joseph Machua - identification of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with Eucalyptus and native Myrtales in Kenya.
Ginna Granados - Cryphonectriaceae species as endophytes in native hosts from Colombia.
Andrea Cole - Effect of terpenes on the growth rate of Amylostereum spp. associated with Siricid woodwasps.
2016-07-14 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gabrielle Carstensen
Daniel Ali - Taxonomy and pathogenicity of Cryphonectriaceae on native and non-native Myrtales in Africa.
Magdalene Cilliers - Identification of drought molecular markers for soybean.
Ariska van der Nest - The ABCs of describing a fungus using Lecanoticta spp. nov. as reference.
Robert Backer - Functional characterisation of Non-expressor of pathogenesis related genes 1 (NPR1) in Persea americana.
2016-07-08 18h00

SPOOF 2016

Venue: PSC Auditorium

Please join us for the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF). (Note: invitation to FABIans and their spouses/partners only.)

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2016-07-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gina Shin
JieQiong Li - Taxonomy, genomics and population biology of Calonectria species.
Pfano Mbedzi - Understanding Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary and its impact on soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr).
Caryn Oates - The development of the Leptocybe invasa-induced gall.
Donovin Coles - Regulatory status of genome edited crops.
2016-06-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson: Joseph Machua
Gina Shin - Bacterial small regulatory RNAs
Lizel Potgieter - Characterising endopolygalacturonase enzymes in Armillaria
Tshepang Khahlu - The regulation of carbon assimilation and nitrogen fixation in soybean during nodule development
Wilma Nel - The Taxonomy of the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Thielaviopsis basicola

2016-06-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Esna du Plessis - Puccinia psidii: Population diversity and host range in South Africa.
Johnathan Bredenkamp - Function and evolution of seven transmembrane proteins in fungi.
Muhammad Ahmad - Role of flatten-3-ols and Proanthocyanidins in Eucalyptus grandis defence against Ceratocystic eucalypticola.
Stephen Engelbrecht - Dissecting cis-acting DNA variation affecting gene expression in Eucalyptus hybrids through genome-wide allele-specific expression analysis.
2016-06-20 Introductory Mycology Workshop
Venue: To be advised

FABI will, in collaboration with the ARC, be running an introductory mycology workshop for a select number of TPCP students during the week of 20-24 June.

Please contact Dr. Irene Barnes if you are interested in attending this course. Space is limited so students will be selected based on types of projects they are doing for their degree.

2016-06-16 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

No student seminars this week due to public holiday.

2016-06-09 08H30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Magdeleen Cilliers
Caitlin Gevers - Novel interactions of gall wasp communities on Eucalyptus.
Tsakani Miyambo - Identification and expression analysis of polygalacturonases (PGs) and polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins (PGIPs) during the Persea americana - Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction.
Katrien Brown - The form and function of chromatin.
Katlego Masike - Host-induced silencing of genes crucial for fungal development and it's effect on pathogenicity.
2016-06-08 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. David Geiser.

Title: A few Fusarium stories.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-06-07 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Special seminar by Dr. Peter H. Thrall.

Title: Coevolutionary interactions in the Linum-Melampsora host-pathogen system.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-06-06 15h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Sarai Oliver's Prestige Seminar.

Title: Patterns and drivers of insect community diversity and composition in non-native black wattle and pine plantations in South Africa.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-06-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Miekie Human
Vou Shutt - To be advised
Michael Bufe - Aquaponics.
Johan Liversage - The effect of blue light photoreceptor on the secretome of Exserohilum tercicum.
Bianca Rodriguez Jardim - Characterising the sex determination pathways of Sirex noctilio and Culicoides sonorensis.
2016-05-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Katrin Fitza
Molly Molefo - The role of cysteine and serine proteases and their inhibitors in biotic and abiotic stress.
Kay Bophela - Effect of stress and predisposition of plant hosts to pathogen invasion.
Edohan Clasen - Horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes: Reflecting on its role in symbiosis and methods of detection.
Catherine Tatham - Characterisation of the Teratosphaeria destructans genome.
2016-05-23 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: To be advised

The first Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop will be presented between 23-27 May by the CTHB under the leadership of Dr Martin Coetzee.

Click here for more information.

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2016-05-19 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a joint special seminar by Professors Wei He and Ying Zhang.

Prof. Wei He: "Epidemic pathogenesis and pathogen identification of the bacterial canker of Populous x euramerican in China"

Prof. Ying Zhang: "Identification and distribution of Botryosphaeriaceae species in China"

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-05-16 27th Annual Meeting of the TPCP and CTHB
Venue: Sanlam Auditorium

The 27th Annual Meeting of the TPCP and CTHB from 16-18 May. 

Find more information about the venues and times on the FABI website.

If you plan to attend, please register by filling in the online registration form. Upon submission both you and our team will receive an email confirming the submission. OR: Should it not be possible for you to register online, you can also fill in and fax or email the attached registration form to us.

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2016-05-13 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for Elsie Cruywagen's Prestige Seminar.

Title: Diversity and taxonomy of fungi infecting species of Adansonia (Baobab).

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2016-05-12 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. Everett Hansen from Oregon State University on 12 May at 12:00.

Title: Two new diseases of conifers in Oregon.

2016-05-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Birhan Abate
Alandie Nieuwoudt - A CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing in Exserohilum turcicum.
Riaan Swanepoel - Optimising de novo transcriptome assembly for non-model organisms.
Andi Wilson - The gene expression profiles of unisexuality in Huntiella moniliformis.
Kayla Noeth - Biology and management of the wood-boring caused moth, Coryphodema tristis on Eucalyptus nitens in South Africa.
2016-05-10 Phylogenetics workshop
Venue: To be advised

An Introductory Phylogenetic Workshop will be presented from 10-13 May.

Please contact Inqaba Biotech for more information and pricing.

2016-05-10 10h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Join Dr Venessa Crossland, a sales representative with laboratory equipment specialists, Separations, for a talk on CRISPR technology.

Time: 10h00 - 12h00

Please rsvp to Venessa@separations.co.za by 5 May.

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2016-05-09 14h00 Genetics Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

You are invited to attend a Department of Genetics seminar by Katie Barnhill on Monday 9 May at 14h00 in the FABI Auditorium.

Title: Growing in the shadow of GMO's: Anticipatory governance, responsible innovation and environmental justice of GM trees.

The seminar will be preceded by two brief Genetics in the News updates from Bradley Vincent and Georgia Liesegang.

2016-05-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Tanay Bose
Ntombikayise Nkomo - Understanding disease tolerance in a potato cultivar (Solanum tuberosum cv BP1) challenged with Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense: A proteonomic approach.
Mandy Messal - Plant associated fungal communities: How does composition and functional diversity affect plant health?
Conrad Trollip - Phylogenomic incongruence in Ceratocystis.
2016-05-04 10h00 FABI Tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard

Please join us for our Monthly Tea at 10h00 in the FABI Courtyard.

We would like to thank laboratory equipment suppliers, ESCO Technologies, for their sponsorship and invite you to participate in a lucky draw on the morning.

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2016-04-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Runlei Chang
Megan Harris - To be advised
Buyani Ndlovu - Functional characterisation of the putative RXLR effector genes from Phytophthora cinnamomi.
Nadine Venter - To be advised
Elodie Ekoka - Do Transketolase and Transaldolase co-regulate Carbon-partitioning between lignin and cellulose during cell wall formation in Arabidopsis thaliana?
2016-04-22 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Ritesh Mewalal will present  joint FABI/Genetics special seminar titled: "Can the collective metabolic inertia of plants move us closer to a bio-based economy?"

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Please RSVP to Chrizelle Beukes by 10h00 19 April.

2016-04-21 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Kay Bophela
Dora Mwangola - Development of micro satellite markers for cross species amplification in Chrysoporthe.
Tshepiso Motlolometsi - Identification and overexertion of DGC proteins synthesising c-di-GMP in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis.
Runlei Chang - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with bark beetles and their phoretic mites in Yunnan Province, Southwestern China.
Miranda Erasmus - Redefining generic boundaries in the Ophiostomatales: a brief overview.
2016-04-14 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Buyani Ndlovu
Tanay Bose - Evidences suggest Phytophthora species migrate from natural forest to non-native plantations in South Africa.
Drew Behrens - Noncoding gene analyses for Eucalyptus grandis using RNA-seq: Problems and potentials.
Marike Palmer - Genome based phylogenetic analyses to investigate relationships between the genera Erwinia, Pantoea and Tatumella.
2016-04-13 Microsatellite Workshop
Venue:

An introductory Microsatellite Workshop will be held on 13 and 15 April.

The workshop was developed for students with little to no experience in this technology. The workshop will introduce the basic concepts relevant to microsatellite development and analysis. There will also be two short sessions on Genotyping by sequencing and MLVA.  Should you wish to attend only these two specific sessions please e-mail me at renate.zipfel@up.ac.za.

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2016-04-13 12h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of Insects by Prof. Jeremy NcNiel from Western University, Ontario, Canada

2016-04-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
Benedict Swalarsk-Parry - Growth study of Fusarium circinatum and F. temperatum.
Angel Maduke - Botryosphaeriaceae on native and non-native Myrtaceae in eastern and southern Africa.
Desire Pinard - Plastid and mitochondrial genomes of Eucalyptus grandis.
Arista Fourie - Host specialisation of an F1 hybrid population in Ceratosystis.
2016-03-31 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Martin Wierzbicki - Systems genetics of xylan modification in Eucalyptus hybrid populations.
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of crinkle effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection.
Mohammad Sayari - Genome-wide survey of polyketide synthase gene clusters in the family Ceratocystidaceae.
Edgar Mangwende - Health status of Eucalyptus seed.
2016-03-24 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gabrielle Carstensen
Erik Visser - Assembling the transcriptome of Pinus tecunumanii.
Joey Hulbert - Citizen Science and Phytophthora phylogenetics.
FeiFei Liu - Identity and diversity of Ceratocystis species associated with Eucalypt plantations in China.
2016-03-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stanford Kwenda
Yves du Toit - A meta-analysis approach to understand defence response patterns in Eucalyptus.
Zander Human - Actinomycete colonisation of Protea repens flowers after fire disturbance.
Stefan Priem - Disruptive mutagenesis of bcsA to evaluate pathogenicity and biofilm architecture in Pcb.
Renaan Thompson - The possibility of Sydowia polyspora on pine seed in South Africa: An emerging disease causing die-back of pine.
2016-03-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Collins Tanui - Characterising quorum sensing regulation of virulence in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis.
Jan Nagel - Evolutionary trends in MAT locus organisation Botryospheriales.
Junior Tii-Kuzu - Pine genomic diversity atlas: The making of a natural hybrid population.
Michel Tchotet - Diversity of wood-rotting Basidiomycetes in timber-harvesting compartments of the Garden Route National Park.
2016-03-09 10h00 FABI Tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard

The monthly FABI tea will be held in the FABI 1 courtyard.

2016-03-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Margot Otto - Bacterial diseases of cherry trees in South Africa
Stanford Kwenda - Transcriptome profiling of potato cultivars during stem infection by Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense
Ronel Roberts - Taxonomy and Candidatus Liberibacter status of South African buchu
2016-03-01 Microscope Course
Venue: Microscope Room, FABI 1

Bookings are being taken for the first Microscope course for the year. Space is limited to three students per time slot.

Times available:

08h30 - 10h30 / 11h00 - 13h00 / 13h30 - 15h30

Please note that this course is limited to TPCP/CTHB students only. There will be additional courses later in the year.

Sign-up sheets can be found on the noticeboard outside the Microscope room.

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2016-02-23 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: SANBI seminar room at Pretoria Botanical Gardens

Waheed Mahomed - Describing the continuum of salicylic - and jasmine acid mediated defence responses in the avocado-Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction.

2016-02-18 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Desre Pinard
Samantha Bush - Designing an arthropod host specificity test.
Lizahn Zwart - Using proteonomics to explore the interaction between Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana.
Ginna Granados - The pandemic genotype of Puccinia psidii had a South American origin in Colombia.
Darryl Herron - Poaceae: a family filled with Fusarium.
2016-02-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Miekie Human - Transcriptional profiling of Exserohilum turcicum during infection of maize.
Nare Ngoepe - Genome diversity, genotype imputation and genome-wide association of growth and wood properties in Eucalyptus grandis.
Zelda Pieterse - Endophytes isolated from seeds of Aizoaceae.
Elrea Appelgryn - Alternative hosts and genomics of Soybean blotchy mosaic virus.
2016-02-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk
Brigitte Langenhoven - Sorghum and maize inoculation trials with the sorghum leaf blight pathogen, Exserohilum turcicum.
Joseph Machua - Comparisons of phenotypic and genetic diversity: QST-FST comparisons.
Ariska van der Nest - Novel species of Lecanosticta isolated from Pines in Central America.
Tsholo Kibido - Effect of rhizobia strains on symbiotic nitrogen fixation efficiency in soybean under water deficit stress.
2016-01-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alisa Postma
Magdaleen Cilliers-du Plessis - Soybean ability to recover after water deficit conditions.
Stephanie van Wyk - Genetic basis for enhanced growth rates in Fusarium circinatum.
Robert Backer - Molecular cloning and functional characterisation of NPR1-like genes from Persea americana (Mill.).
2016-01-27 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Ronishree Mangwanda - Transcriptional profiling of Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana elucidates host defence mechanisms and putative pathogenicity strategies.

2016-01-25 16h00 Group seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

A presentation by Prof. Michael Thomas-Poulsen followed by several short presentations on termite-fungus related research by postgraduate students from the University of Kopenhagen (Denmark), the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), and the Lebniz-Institut fur Naturstoff-Forschung unde Infektionsbiologie (Germany).

2016-01-25 08h30 FABI tea and annual group photograph
Venue: FABI seminar room

Join us for our first Monday Monday Meeting for the year, following by the annual group photograph and tea in the FABI courtyard. There's a surprise for all attendees!

2016-01-21 08H00 Campus cleanup
Venue: FABI front door

All FABIans please join us for a campus cleanup!

2016-01-18 08h30 FABI Breakfast and annual group photo
Venue: FABI seminar room
2016-01-04 University opens
Venue:
2015-12-23 University closes for festive season
Venue:
2015-12-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Danielle Roodt - Title pending
Albasini Canico - Title pending
Michael Bufe - Title pending
Redzuan Rauf - Ceratocystis wilt in Acacia and Cryphonectria Canker in Eucalyptus plantations in Sabah, Malaysia
2015-12-02 08h00 TPCP/CTHB TREE PLANTING
Venue: FABI nursery
All TPCP-CTHB students please join for a day of tree planting on the farm!
2015-11-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Aquillah Kanzi - Identification of nuclear gene markers for Chrysoporthe species phylogeny.
Daniel Ali - Cryphonectriaceae on native Myrtaceae in South Africa.
Mandy Messal - Towards a mechanistic understanding on fungal community interactions in Eucalyptus using ecological genomics.
Lizel Potgieter - In silico characterisation of the GH28 family in Agaricomycota.
2015-11-19 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alisa Postma
Jennifer Wayland - The optimisation of a high-throughput sequencing based diagnostic system for the detection of viruses of grapevines.
Dorah Mwangola - The development of homologous micro satellite markers for Chrysoporthe species. 
Tayo Adenigba - Gene complementation of Δppg1 mutant strains of Fusarium circinatum.
Lorraine Mhoswa - Genome-wide association study for Leptocybe invasa resistance and associated chemotytpes in Eucalyptus grandis.
2015-11-14 18h00 for 18h30 FABI Year End Function
Venue: Monument restaurant at the Voortrekker Monument
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2015-11-13 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Louis Bernier - Analysis of the yeast-mycelium dimorphism in the Dutch elm disease fungi. From old tricks to omics.

2015-11-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest
Renaan Thompson - Seed-borne and seed transmitted diseases of Pine.
Edgar Mangwende - Validating a thermotherapy seed-treatment against Ditylenchus dipsaci associated with alfalfa seeds.
Megan Harris - Detection of grapevine leafroll associated virus on Vitis rootstocks.
Buyani Ndlovu - Development of Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation system for Phytophthora cinnamomi.
2015-11-12 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Markus Wilken - Mating in Ceratocystis.

2015-11-11 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Gerda Fourie - Evolution of mitochondrial genomes in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.

2015-11-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Margot Otto
Colan Balkwill - Functional annotation of the central circadian clock components in Eucalyptus and Populus
Ntwanano Maluleke - Microbiome of bacterial species associated with soft rot Enterobacteriaceae in a plant host.
Marike Palmer - A genome-based evolutionary history for the genus Pantoea.
2015-11-05 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Special seminar by Prof. Tobin Peever from Washington State University

Title - Speciation of plant-pathogenic fungi: Does host specificity matter?

2015-11-04 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

DongHyeon Lee - Invasive biology of Ceratocystis species in South Africa

2015-10-29 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Juanita Avontuur - Delineation and characterisation of novel Bradyrhizobium species.
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of CRN effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi in avoicado root infection.
Ncobile Kunene - Mating type gene analysis of Cercospora zeina in South Africa.
Birhan Abate - Entomopathogenic nematodes and their symbiotic bacteria: efficacy test against white grubs.
2015-10-28 13h00-14h00 FAME Club Short Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

A collection of short talks, aimed at a general audience, covering topics from Human Gut microflora to Homo naledi and an Octopus genome presented by five FABI students. The audience will vote for a winner. More information attached.

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2015-10-15 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gabrielle Carstensen
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala.
Riaan Swanepoel - Re-assembly of the Eucalyptus grandis transcriptome to identify novel transcripts and splice variants.
Marius Laubscher - Investigation of the role of Eucalyptus grandis transcription factors EgrNAC61 and EgrNAC26 in secondary cell wall biosynthesis.
Ronel Roberts - Resolving Rutaceous species through barcoding.
2015-10-15 13h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Seminar facilitated by AFRICABIO and the University of Pretoria's School of Plant and Crop Science

Prof Richard Goodman - Food and feed safety assessment of GM crops

2015-10-14 11h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Enrique Ibarra-Laclette (ResearchGate profile) - The avocado genome (progress report)

Claudia-Anahí Perez-Torres (ResearchGate profile) - Phosphorous uptake in plants. Perspectives for the near future

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2015-10-08 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Desre Pinard - Plastid and mitochondrial genomics of Eucalyptus.
Jan Nagel - Mating type genes in Botryosphaeriales genomes.
Katrin Fitza - Host specificity and diversity of Amylostereum associated with Japanese Siricids.
Tsholofele Kibido - Symbiotic performance of soybean rhizobial strains under water deficit stress.
2015-10-07 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-10-01 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Prof. Ian Toth - Is GM the only solution to crop protection in Europe?: Integrated pest management at the James Hutton Institute

2015-10-01 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Eddy Onkendi - Biofilm formation in different Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense.
Velushka Swart - Cercosporin production by the Cercospora zeina CTB7 over-expression mutants.
Mesfin Gossa - The co-occurrence of Sirex woodwasp, Sirex noctillio, F. (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) and the Deodar weevil, Pissodes nemorensis German (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in their introduced range in South Africa.
2015-09-29 DuPont Plant Breeding Symposium 2015
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Topic: Current innovations in insect resistance management and pest control

Register online at www.dupontafricapbs.co.za

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2015-09-28 08h30 MMM seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Rabern Simmons - Journey through the Kingdom: chytrids, insect pathogens, and a novel beetle symbiont

2015-09-24 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

No seminars due to public holiday.

2015-09-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mmatshepo Phasha
Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry - Fusarium temperatum tester strain determination
Drew Behrens - microRNA discovery and expression profiling in Eucalyptus grandis xylem, leaf and phloem
Kgosi Mongwaketsi - Screening of pine hybrids for tolerance to Fusarium circinatum
Angel Maduke - Botryosphaeriaceae on native and non-native Myrtaceae in eastern and southern Africa
2015-09-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
David Nsibo - A complex Interplay of Tandem- and Whole-Genome Duplication Drives Expansion of the L-Type Lectin Receptor Kinase Gene Family in the Brassicaceae
Ludwig Eksteen - Factors influencing host choice by Sirex noctilio
2015-09-07 08h00-17h00 TPCP/CTHB Phylogenomics Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Computer Room FABI2

Attendance restricted to TPCP-CTHB group members. Register here

2015-09-04 Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of microscopes and new students will run for two 2-hour sessions on 4 September 2015. Only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2015-09-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Joseph Machua
Godfrey Kgatle - Seed transmissible Alternaria spp.: a sunflower trade conundrum
Melissa Simpson - Karyotyping the Ceratocystidaceae
Stanford Kwenda - Transcriptome profiling of potato cultivars under Pectobacterium cartovorum subspecies brasiliense challenge
Margot Muller - Bacterial diseases of Cherry and Apricot trees in South Africa
2015-09-01 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Luke Jimu - Diseases and pests of Eucalyptus species in Zimbabwe with particular reference to Teratosphaeria stem canker

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2015-08-28 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Title: Nature Africa: Science and Impact in Emerging Nations

Speakers: Representatives of the Nature Publishing Group will discuss the potential establishment of a Nature Africa online portal that promotes science news from and about the region, similar to Nature's other regional portals for the Middle East, India, and China.

2015-08-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alain Misse
Edgar Mangwende - French and science in 90 days
Miekie Haasbroek - Transcriptome sequencing of the Zea mays-Exserohilum turcicum interaction
Zander Human - Insights into the fungal communities in Protea infructescences
Palesa Madupe - A comparative genomic study on Xanthomonas vasicola genomes including an isolate from Eucalyptus
2015-08-21 07h30-10h00 TuksAlumni Business Breakfast
Venue: UP Conference Centre, Hatfield Campus

Alumni Relations cordially invites you to a business breakfast with Prof. Mike Wingfield. Topic: A world without trees and lessons learned in establishing a world-class industry-university partnership.

Book before 14 August 2015 with brumilda.carols@up.ac.za

Cost R170 p.p., breakfast included

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2015-08-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk
Stefan Priem - Bacterial cellulose synthase: importance of cellulose synthesis in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense
Tshepiso Motlolometsi - A review of cyclic dimeric-GMP regulation of biofilm formation in Pectobacterium carotovorum subs. brasiliense
Darryl Herron - Fusarium circinatum and grass: the best example of a needle in a haystack
Joseph Machua - Botryosphaeriaceae canker and die-back of Eucalyptus in Kenya
2015-08-14 Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of microscopes and new students will run for two 2-hour sessions on 14 August 2015. Only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

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2015-08-14 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

David Read - Improving co-existence of the citrus industry and Citrus Tristeza virus through better genotype detection and understanding populations

2015-08-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zelda Pieterse
Brigitte Lombard - Transcriptome analysis of the sorghum-specific leaf blight pathogen, Exserohilum turcicum
Magdaleen Celliers - Can soybean recover after premature senescence has been initiated by water deficit conditions?
Priyen Pillay - Identifying plant-induced proteolytic enzymes within Nicotiana benthamiana during transient protein production
2015-08-13 18h45 NRF Science for Society Lecture
Venue: UP Senate Hall (First Floor, Administration Building, corner of Lynnwood and University Roads)

“Biotechnology: Productive forest plantations as a possible answer to our energy & material needs”

Profs Zander Myburg & Bernard Slippers

RSVP: angeline@nrf.ac.za

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2015-08-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alisa Postma
Angelica Marsberg-De Villiers - Dual DNA Seq: Botryosphaeria dothidea vs. Eucalyptus grandis
Ginna Granados - The Cryphonectriaceae and Puccinia psidii as two important plant pathogens of Myrtales globally, with special reference in Colombia
2015-08-05 07h30-16h30 Introductory Microsatellite Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Seminar Room
2015-08-05 10h00 Monthly FABI Tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-08-04 07h30-16h30 Introductory Microsatellite Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Seminar Room
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2015-07-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest
David Nsibo - Population genetics of Cercospora zeina, a maize grey leaf spot pathogen in Eastern and Southern Africa
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of CRN effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection
Sarai Olivier - Insects occurring on Black Wattle in South Africa: factors influencing colonisation
2015-07-29 15h30 SAIF special seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

The Gauteng branch of the South African Institute of Forestry presents a seminar by Prof Derick de Jongh, director of the Abert Luthuli Centre of Responsible Leadership. The topic is: Responsible leadership: The bigger picture.

Everybody welcome! Please RSVP to pa@fireandrescue.co

2015-07-24 18h00 SPOOF
Venue: Uitspan, LC de Villiers Sports ground
Theme: If I never became a scientist ... what would I be?
RSVP: 6 July 2015
The annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF). Have a look at the photo galleries of previous SPOOF meetings and see why you should not miss out on the funniest, craziest annual event in FABI!
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2015-07-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Elsie Cruywagen
Martin Wierzbicki - The systems genetics of xylan modification in Eucalyptus
Katrien de Ridder - A survey of foliar and ear rot diseases of PANNAR maize cultivars in selected small-holder maize farms in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape
Alisa Postma - Sequencing, assembly and annotation of the Sirex noctilio genome
Michael Bufe - The early physiological response to avocado rootstocks to infection with Phytophthora cinnamomi
2015-07-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Marike Palmer
Ariska van der Nest - Diversity and population structure of three economically important needle blight pathogens of Pinus species
Drew Behrens - The noncoding transcriptome of Eucalyptus grandis: adding resolution to the transcriptional regulation of xylogenesis
Danielle Roodt - The evolution of xylogenesis in non-coniferous gymnosperms
Dora Mwangola - Population genetics of Chrysoporthe austroafricana in Southern Africa
2015-07-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Darryl Herron
Elodie Ekoka - Functional characterization of transport and signaling-related plastid proteins influencing carbon partitioning during xylogenesis
Elrea Appelgryn - Genomics and mechanisms of seasonal persistence of Soybean blotchy mosaic virus
Miranda Erasmus - The taxonomic history and ecology of the Ophiostomatales
Arista Fourie - Host specificity and virulence of Ceratocystis fimbriata and C. manginecans
2015-07-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Margot Muller
Erik Visser - Models of defence responses in Pinus species against Fusarium circinatum challenge
Yves du Toit - A meta analysis approach to understand defence response patterns in Eucalyptus
Conrad Trollip - Pathogenicity and species concepts in Ceratocystis eucalypticola
2015-07-01 11h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Jeanne Korsman - Molecular responses of maize to its foliar pathogen, Cercospora zeina

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2015-07-01 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-06-30 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. David Collinge - From transgenic plants to endophytic fungi: contrasting approaches to disease control in plants

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2015-06-25 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: DongHyeon Lee
Junior Tii-kuzu - Genome diversity of tropical pine species grown in South Africa
Nardus Strydom - Functional characterization of the polyketide synthase gene CTB1 in Cercospora zeina
Riaan Swanepoel - De novo assembly and annotation of a gene catalog from Welwitschia mirabilis
Marike Palmer - Evolutionary association between the core and the accessory genomes of bacteria
2015-06-25 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Marie-Agnes Jacques - Emergence of Xylella fastidiosa in Europe, diversity and biology of the causing agent

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2015-06-24 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Tania Weller-Stuart - Genomic and functional characterization of motility in Pantoea ananatis

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2015-06-18 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Juanita Avontuur - The characterization of novel Bradyrhizobium species associated with southern African legumes: An update
Lorraine Mhoswa - Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) for Leptocybe invasa resistance and associated chemotypes in Eucalyptus grandis
Angelique du Preez - A comparative study of the flagellin glycosylation island in Pantoea ananatis
2015-06-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gerda Fourie
Kwabena Baffoe - Impact of different Eucalyptus genotypes on the performance of Leptocybe invasa and Selitrichodes neseri
Megan Harris - Detection of grapevine leafroll associated viruses in Vitis rootstocks
Yolanda Musasira - Assessing the threat of Armillaria root rot on woody plants in Cape Town
Kirsty Botha - The expression of stilbenoids in Helichrysum umbraculigerum
2015-06-08 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Rees Kassen - Genomics of adaptation and parallel evolution in an opportunistic pathogen

2015-06-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Markus Wilken
Lizahn Zwart - A proteomics approach to studying the interaction between Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana
Omotayo Adenigba - The structure and evolution of the pheromone genes in Fusarium circinatum
Ludwig Eksteen - Factors influencing host choice by Sirex noctilio
Lizel Potgieter - Characterisation of pectic isozymes in Armillaria: An introduction
2015-06-03 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-05-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Brittany Mitchell - Scanning electron microscopy and quantification of Phytophthora cinnamomi infection in tolerant and susceptible avocado rootstocks
Gabrielle Carstensen - 16S profiling of the bacterial community in the vascular tissue of Eucalyptus trees
Albasini Canico - Pre and post release evaluation of two Anaphes species for the biological control of Gonipterus sp. n2 in South Africa
Desre Pinard - Integration of cell wall biosynthesis and organellar biology during Eucalyptus xylogenesis
2015-05-28 07h30 Introductory Microsatellite Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Seminar Room
2015-05-27 07h30 Introductory Microsatellite Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Seminar Room
2015-05-20 08h30-12h30 26th Annual meeting of the TPCP - Day 2
Venue: Sanlam Auditorium
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2015-05-19 08h30-18h00 26th Annual meeting of the TPCP - Day 1
Venue: Sanlam Auditorium
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2015-05-18 08h00-17h00 CTHB Annual Symposium
Venue: PSC Auditorium
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2015-05-14 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gabrielle Carstensen
Mohammad Sayari - How non-ribosomal peptide and terpene's locus look like in different Ceratocystis species?
Aquillah Kanzi - The mitochondrial genome of Chrysoporthe austroafricana reveals a virus-like element integrated in a group II intron of the nad6 gene
Colan Balkwill - Functional annotation of the central circadian clock components in Eucalyptus and Populus
Benidicta Swalarsk-Parry - Growth of filamentous fungi - A genetic perspective
2015-05-14 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Stephen Taerum - Origin and diversity of the invasive red turpentine beetle and its fungal symbionts

2015-05-13 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Ming Liang Yin - Taxonomic revision of four major species complexes in the Ophiostomatales (Fungi, Ascomycota), with specific reference to associates of conifer-infesting bark beetles in China

2015-05-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Samantha Bush - Preliminary results for the host preference of Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore (Hemiptera: Psyllidae)
Gabolwelwe Mosina - Towards an understanding of potato plant responses to challenge by Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense
Matt Laubscher - Understanding the role of Eucalyptus NAC transcription factors in secondary cell wall formation
2015-05-06 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-04-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Valery Moloto - Characterization of Pseudomonas syringae strains isolated from onion in South Africa
Andi Wilson - Sexual Reproduction in the Huntiella Genus: An Update
Thuto Ntsowe - Molecular mechanisms of sunflower achene development
Birhan Abate - Description of Steinernema sp. (Nematoda: Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic nematode from South Africa
2015-04-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Ntwanano Maluleke - An unexpected finding: Serratia marcescens as a causal agent of soft rot on potato in South Africa
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine infesting bark beetles in Guatemala
Buyani Ndlovu - Expression analysis of putative RxLR  genes from Phytophthora cinnamomi, during in vitro growth and avocado roots infection
2015-04-20 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Prof. Howard Alper - Leadership, Science Communication and Engagement

2015-04-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Velushka Birkenbach - Transformation of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina
Mashudu Nxumalo - Characterisation of Burkholderia species associated with Vachellia karroo
2015-04-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: PSC Auditorium
Chairperson: Siphathele Sibanda
FeiFei Liu - New Ceratocystis species from Eucalyptus  and Cunninghamia in South China
Katrin Fitza - Origin and genetic diversity of Deladenus siricidicola
Tanay Bose - Updates on the first environmental sequencing of Phytophthora from Africa
Jennifer Wayland - The optimization of grapevine viral amplicon high throughput sequence data analysis
2015-04-08 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-04-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: PSC Auditorium
Chairperson: DongHyeon Lee
Tshepang Khahlu - The regulation of carbon and nitrogen fixation in soybean (Glycine max)
Zander Human - The diversity of actinomycetes associated with different flowering stages of Protea repens
Stanford Kwenda - Identification and characterization of potato long noncoding RNAs responsive to Pectobacterium infection
Godfrey Kgatle - Alternaria species: what has changed?
2015-03-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Johan van der Linde
Vimbai Siziba - Population structure and genetic diversity of Dothistroma pini
Osmond Mlonyeni - Characterization of phenotype variation linked to virulence of the entomoparasitic nematode, Deladenus siricidicola
Collins Tanui - Virulence genes and quorum sensing regulation in Pcb
Jan Nagel - The mating type genes of Neofusicoccum spp.
2015-03-20 08h00 TPCP/CTHB tree planting
Venue: FABI nursery on the experimental farm

All TPCP and CTHB students please come and help to plant trees. Free pizzas, snacks & soda!

2015-03-19 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
Chrizelle Beukes - Investigation of the invasion strategy used by Bradyrhizobium isolates in South Africa
Run Lei Chang - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with Ips typographus in northeatern China
Stefan van Wyk - Soybean nodule development and senescence: the role of cysteine proteases and their inhibitors
Melissa Simpson - Karyotyping species of Ceratocystidaceae
2015-03-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Priyen Pillay - Identifying plant-induced proteolytic enzymes within Nicotiana benthamiana during transient protein production
Mesfin Gossa - Natural enemies of the Pine Weevil in South Africa: Diversity, prevalence and distribution
Margot Muller - Bacterial diseases of Cherry in South Africa
Tintswalo Maluleke - Digestive enzymes of the banana borer, Cosmopolites sordidus
2015-03-06 11h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Brett Summerell - Fusarium: defining the genus, species and pathogens

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2015-03-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Priyen Pillay
Ronel Roberts - 'Candidatus Liberibacter' from indigenous Rutaceae species
Felix Fru - A clonal population of Fusarium circinatum on Pinus greggii trees in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Michel Tchotet - Identification of Ganoderma spp. associated with Acacia cyclops mortality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
2015-03-04 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-03-03 13h30 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Bianca Reeksting - Elucidating the early response of Persea americana to Phytophthora cinnamomi and flooding

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2015-02-27 14h00 Life Technologies Promotion
Venue: FABI seminar room

13h30-14h00 Viewing of Ion Mini car

14h00-14h45 Seminar by Wayne Barnes: Taking your research to the next generation with Ion Torrent

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2015-02-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ronishree Mangwanda
David Read - Overcoming bias in Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) detection and a population study of CTV in Star Ruby grapefruit orchards
Ncobile Kunene - Mating type gene analysis of Cercospora zeina in South Africa
Annie Chan - The evolution of nodulation genes in Burkholderia
Mkhululi Maphosa - Characterisation of core and accessory genomes of Fusarium circinatum
2015-02-26 Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of the microscopes and new students will run for two 2-hour sessions on 26 February 2015. It is only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2015-02-19 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mmatshepho Phasha
Daniela Cares - The global diversity and introduction history of Glycaspis brimblecombei and its endosymbionts
Edward Onkendi - Tyranny of numbers: a case of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense
Ronishree Mangwanda - The role of phytohormones in E. grandis defence against C. austroafricana
2015-02-12 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Michael Poulsen - 30 million years of farming and pharmacy innovation in fungus-growing termites

2015-02-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: James Mehl
Mmatshepho Phasha - Characterization of ras2 in Fusarium circinatum
Magdaleen du Plessis - The role of soybean cysteine proteases in premature nodule senescence under water deficit conditions
Miekie Haasbroek - Elucidating the Exserohilum turcicum-maize pathosystem
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2015-02-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Darryl Herron - Hiding in plain site
Alain Misse - Genetic diversity and population structure of Ceratocystis tsitsikammensis in the Garden Route National Park of South Africa
Phathie Sibanda - Functional analysis of quorum sensing systems in Pantoea ananatis
Johan van der Linde - Cyrtogenius africus, its phoretic mites and novel ophiostomatoid partners: The final blow leading to Euphorbia ingens die-offs
2015-02-04 Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of the microscopes and new students will run for three 2-hour sessions on 4 February 2015. It is only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2015-02-04 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2015-02-02 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Adam Kenchy - Approximate Bayesian Computation: a useful approach for inferring population history from genetic data

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2015-01-27 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Koos Boomsma - Commitment in social life, sex and symbiosis

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2015-01-23 15h00 Short seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Short presentations by five PhD students from Denmark and The Netherlands working on various aspects of termite-fungus-bacterial interactions, followed by round table discussion. Everybody welcome.

2015-01-14 14h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof Salim Abdool Karim - Building CAPRISA: Experiences, successes and frustrations in establishing a world-class medical research centre of excellence

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2015-01-13 08h30 FABI Start Up Breakfast and group photo
Venue: FABI seminar room
2015-01-12 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder - Molecular ecology and management
of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in South Africa

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2014-12-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Elsie Cruywagen
Matt Laubscher - Eucalyptus protoplasts: a road to understanding the function of master regulators of wood formation
Angelique du Preez - A comparative study of the flagellin glycosylation island in Pantoea ananatis
Mohammad Sayari - Characterization of PKS locus in different Ceratocystis species
FeiFei Liu - Identity and diversity of Ceratocystidaceae associated with Eucalypt plantations in China
2014-12-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: DongHyeon Lee
Megan Harris - Detection of grapevine leafroll associated viruses in Vitis rootstocks
Yolanda Musasira - Assessing the threat of Armillaria root rot on native woody plants in Cape Town
Velushka Birkenbach - Functional genomics of CTB7 in Cercospora zeina
Juanita Avontuur - Classification of bradyrhizobia associated with southern African legumes
Waheed Mahomed - Unravelling the Salicylic acid and Jasmonic acid defence pathways of Persea americana
2014-12-03 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-12-01 09h30 Microbiology Honours Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
2014-11-28 08h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree planting Session
Venue: FABI nursery on the experimental farm
2014-11-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Erika Viljoen - Microsatellite development for Amaranthus species
Ludwig Eksteen - Sirex noctilio host utiliisation
Kirsty Botha - The expression of Cannabinoids in Helichrysum umbraculigerum
Lizahn Zwart - Investigating the Eucalyptus-Chrysoporthe interaction at the microscopic level
2014-11-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Felix Fru
Gabrielle Carstensen - Identification of two Ralstonia species associated with bacterial wilt in Eucalyptus
Omotayo Adenigba - Validation of mating pheromone ppg1 deletion mutants of Fusarium circinatum
Rofhiwa Nesamari - Diseases and pests of cycads in South Africa
Desre Pinard - Query based clustering analysis and subcellular localization of Eucalyptus xylogenesis
2014-11-20 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Marc Bouwer - Identification of semiochemicals for insect pests of plantation forests in South Africa

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2014-11-19 09h30 - 16h00 Third Annual Forest Molecular Genetics Research Meeting
Venue: PSC Auditorium
You are welcome to contact FMG's Administrative Assistant, Ms Resego Moje (resego.moje@up.ac.za), if you have any queries.
2014-11-17 Phylogenomics workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics computer labs, FABI2

The usual second Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop that took place annually in FABI, will this year be replaced with a Phylogenomics Wokshop, scheduled for 17-21 November 2014. This is for FABIans only and registration already closed.

2014-11-15 18h00 FABI Year End Function
Venue: Olympus Stream
2014-11-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Markus Wilken
Erik Visser - Pinus patula transcriptome assembly
Kgosi Mongwaketsi - Breeding for tolerance: Evaluating the operational value of the pitch canker fungus Fusarium circinatum artificial inoculations
Aquillah Kanzi - A genome based species tree for the genus Chrysoporthe
Colan Balkwill - Functional annotation of the central circadian clock components in Eucalyptus and Populus
2014-11-10 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Jeremy Allison - Chemically-mediated Inter- and Intraspecific Interactions

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2014-11-07 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Prof. David Heckel - Applications of new insights on Bacillus thuringiensis toxin mode of action to resistance management

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2014-11-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Andrea Wilson - Unisexual reproduction in Huntiella moniliformis
Birhan Abate - Molecular characterization of entomopathogenic nematodes in South African plantations and indigenous forests
Samantha Bush - Host specificity of the parasitoid Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae
Katrin Fitza - A global population genetic analysis of Deladenus siricidicola
2014-11-04 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-10-31 08h30 GRI Seminar Day
Venue: FABI seminar room

For participants in research projects supported by the Genomics Research Institute. Programme attached. For enquiries, contact Yashini Naidoo.

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2014-10-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala
Robert Backer - Identification and analysis of the NPR1-like gene family from Persea americana (Mill.)
Stephanie van Wyk - Diverse origins of genes associated with growth QTL in Fusarium circinatum
Palesa Madupe - Draft genome assembly and annotation of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum isolate from Eucalyptus grandis
2014-10-24 08h00-16h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree Planting Session
Venue: FABI nursery on the experimental farm

All students please come and help to plant some trees at the FABI facilities on the experimental farm. Pizzas & soda for free!

2014-10-23 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Mashudu Nxumalo - Description of legume-nodulating Burkholderia: past, present and future
Caryn Oates - The structure and composition of the Leptocybe-induced gall
Ntwanano Maluleke - Isolation and identification of blackleg/soft rot causing bacteria using multiplex PCR
Gloria Mukwirimba - A survey of the brassica vegetables grown by smallholder farmers in Gauteng province, Waterberg district in Limpopo province and seed-borne diseases encountered
Edgar Mangwende - Seed-borne fungi associated with herb seeds and their effect on germination
2014-10-16 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Jennifer Wayland - The optimization of a diagnostic system for the detection of grapevine viruses
Zelda Pieterse - Culturable fungi from Namaqua National Park
Caitlin Botha - A closer look at the mating loci of Amylostereum areolatum
Alisa Postma - Draft genome of Sirex noctilio (Siricidae; Hymenoptera): A tool to study the genetics of olfaction in an invasive wood wasp
2014-10-09 08h00-16h00 Advanced Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

The advanced course for use of the FABI microscopes will run over two days on 9 to 10 October 2014. It is only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2014-10-09 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ritesh Mewalal
Danielle Roodt - Intraspecies genome comparisons of Ceratocystis albifundus
Gabo Mosina - Plant defence against pathogenic bacteria: A focus on Pectobacterium-Potato interactions
Tanay Bose - Diversity of Phytophthora species associated with declining Marri population from Western Australia
Kirsti Snyders - RT-PCR of Rio Red Grapefruit for CTV genotype T36
2014-10-02 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Valery Moloto - Detection and identification of seedborne bacterial pathogens in onions
Zander Human - Culture-independent characterization of microbial communities in the infructescences of Protea repens
Stanford Kwenda - Identification of small RNAs in Pectobacterium atrosepticum using strand specific RNA-seq
Godfrey Kgatle - Alternaria spp. associated with sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.): The Field Experience
2014-10-01 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-09-26 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Pedro Crous - Are cryptic species real?

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2014-09-26 10h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Clara Pliego Prieto - Approaches to control and understand the avocado white root rot caused by Rosellinia necatrix

2014-09-25 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Phathie Sibanda
Mesfin Gossa - The Deodar Weevil, Pissodes nemorensis (Germar) in South Africa: Identity and Diversity
Osmond Mlonyeni - In vitro culture characterization of phenotype variation linked to 'virulence' of Deladenus siricidicola
Collins Tanui - Phenotypic studies to elucidate transition from biotrophic to necrotrophic phase during disease development in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis
Jan Nagel - Genomics of the Neofusicoccum parvum/Neofusicoccum ribis complex
2014-09-18 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Marc Bouwer
Kay Bophela - Xanthomonas species associated with blight and dieback of Eucalyptus
Chrizelle Beukes - South African rhizobia - diverse and unique
Stefan van Wyk - Cysteine protease and cystatin expression and activity during soybean nodule development and senescence
2014-09-11 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Johan van der Linde
James Mehl - How complicated is Lasiodiplodia theobromae?
Tintswalo Maluleke - Transcriptome profiling of the banana weevil midgut proteases
2014-09-11 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof. Bitty Roy - Fungal floral mimicry by Dracula orchids

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2014-09-04 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
Felix Fru - First report of pine pitch canker caused by Fusarium circinatum in Limpopo, South Africa
Chwayita Ncedana - Investigating the cause of death in Acacia erioloba (camel thorn) in the Kathu area, Northern Cape province
Priyen Pillay - Identifying plant-induced proteolytic enzymes within Nicotiana benthamiana during transient protein production
2014-09-01 10h00 FABI Spring tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-08-28 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Priyen Pillay
Annie Chan - Genome comparisons reveal the evolution of nitrogen fixation in Burkholderia
Mkhululi Maphosa - Genome based selection and characterization of Fusarium circinatum specific putative genes
Daniela Cares - The global diversity and introduction history of Glycaspis brimblecombei and its endosymbionts
2014-08-21 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Ncobile Kunene - Mating type gene analysis of Cercospora zeina in southern Africa
Tshepang Khahlu - Regulation of Carbon and Nitrogen fixation in soybean
DongHyeon Lee - Host range expansion of Ceratocystis albifundus in South Africa
David Read - Determining Citrus tristeza virus diversity in Grapefruit, using Illumina sequencing technology
2014-08-14 08h00-16h00 Microscopy course for beginners
Venue: FABI MIcroscope Room

This course for first-time users of the microscopes will run over two days on 14 to 15 August 2014. It is only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2014-08-14 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mmatshepho Phasha
Ronishree Naidoo - The role of plant hormones in E. grandis defence against C. austroafricana
Magdeleen du Plessis - Functional characterization of cysteine proteases in soybean root nodules experiencing premature senescence due to water deficit
Edward Onkendi - Pathogenicity regulators in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense (Pcb)
Elsie CruywagenBlack mold on baobabs
2014-08-14 2:00 PM SAST Agrigenomic Genotyping Webinar
Venue:

This free webinar of 60 minutes will be presented by Prof Zander Myburg, Marja O'Neill and Ashley Hintz, Field Application Scientist at Golden Helix, on various aspects of SNP genotyping and how SVS (SNP & Variation Suite) can be used for analyses of such data. Read more, and register here.

2014-08-12 16:00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Cristina Marques - RAIZ R&D contribution to eucalypt forest productivity in Portugal
Dr Catarina Gonçalves - Integrated Pest Management at RAIZ

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2014-08-07 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ronishree Naidoo
Angelica Marsberg-De Villiers - Infection biology of Botryosphaeria dothidea on TAG5 and ZG14 leaves
Mmatshepho Phasha - The identification of Quantitative Trait Loci controlling pathogenicity in Fusarium circinatum
Molly Malefo - Functional characterization of the putative pathogenicity factor, czk3 in Cercospora zeina
Quentin Santana - The core genome of the genus Fusarium
2014-08-06 12h00 Special Seminar

Flax: A revolution in evolution

Venue: FABI seminar room

Prof Chris Cullis, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

2014-08-06 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-07-31 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: James Mehl
Simone FoucheChromosome polymorphism in Fusarium circinatum
Johan LiversageFunctional characterisation of the Cercospora zeina crp1 gene, as a putative pathogenesis regulation factor
Sarai OlivierBeetle assemblages in plant plantations in South Africa
2014-07-25 18h00 SPOOF 2014
Venue: FABI seminar room
Theme: Circus Carnival
The annual meeting of the Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF). Have a look at the photo galleries of previous SPOOF meetings and see why you should not miss out on the funniest, craziest annual event in FABI!
2014-07-24 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Osmond Mlonyeni
Collins TanuiDifferential gene expression of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis in planta and in vitro
Zelda PieterseFungal biodiversity associated with mesembs in the Namaqua National Park of the succulent Karoo biome
Edgar MangwendeSeeds as primary sources of infection of cultivated aromatic and medicinal herbs in South Africa
Stephen Taerum  -  Origin and diversity of the fungus Leptographium procerum associated with the red turpentine beetle in China
2014-07-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mesfin Gossa
Gabo Mosina - Plant defence against pathogenic bacteria: A focus on potato and Pectobacterium infection
Ntwanano Maluleke - Diversity of soft rot Enterobacteriaceae in South Africa
Stanford Kwenda - Transcriptome profiling of Potato under Pectobacterium infection
2014-07-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Birhan Abate
Palesa Madupe - Genomics of the plant pathogen Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum, isolated from Eucalyptus
Colan Balkwill - The central circadian clock components in Eucalyptus, and their links to xylogenic carbon metabolism
Ronel  Roberts  -  Biological and molecular characterization of "Candidatus Liberibacter spp." from South Africa
2014-07-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Mohammad Sayari
Angelique du Preez - A comparative study of the flagellin glycosylation island in Pantoea ananatis
Brittany Mitchell - Uncovering biological differences between tolerant and susceptible avocado rootstocks infected with Phytophthora cinnamomi
Desre Pinard - The roles of plastids and mitochondria in Eucalyptus xylogenesis
Mohammad Sayari - Pathogenicity genes in ascomycetous fungi with reference to Fusarium species
2014-07-03 14h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

Nanette Christie (née Coetzer) - Transcriptional regulation underlying the quantitative genetic response of maize to grey leaf spot disease

2014-07-02 10h00 FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-07-02 09h30-10h30 QuantStudio 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System informational seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium

An informational seminar will be held for all potential users of the new QuantStudio 12K Flex Real-Time PCR system. This is an opportunity for users to learn more about the platform and to provide information for them to begin designing their experiments ahead of receiving user training.

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2014-06-27 12h30 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Steven Hussey  -  Functional genomics of NAC transcription factor SND2 regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus
2014-06-26 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gerda Fourie
Lizahn Zwart - A fine scale temporo-spatial analysis of the interaction between Eucalyptus and Chrysoporthe austroafricana
Jennifer Wayland - The expansion, optimization and application of a diagnostic system for the detection of viruses of grapevine
Matt Laubscher - The identification of transcriptional networks underlying secondary cell wall formation in Eucalyptus xylem vessels and fibres
2014-06-19 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: DongHyeon Lee
Juanita Avontuur  -  The classification of novel Bradyrhizobium spp. associated with Southern African legumes
Yolanda Musasira  -  Assessment of the threat Armillaria root rot on native and exotic woody plants and trees in South Africa
Megan Harris  -  Detection of grapevine leafroll associated viruses on Vitis rootstocks
2014-06-19 14h00 PhD Oral Exam presentation
Venue: Room 2-11, Zoology Department

Michelle Schröder  -  Host plant preference of Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and its role in selecting crop border plants to reduce Potato virus Y (PVY) in seed potatoes

2014-06-12 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Alisa Postma
Velushka Birkenbach - Expression profiling of CTB genes during the course of GLS disease development in maize
Sze-Huei Yek - Biocontrol opportunities to study microevolution in invasive populations
Ludwig Eksteen - Host utilization and spatial patterns of Sirex noctilio in South Africa
2014-06-05 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson: Mmatshepho Phasha

Aquillah Kanzi - Towards unraveling the MAT locus of Chrysoporthe austroafricana and related species
Omotayo Adenigba - Functional characterization and population study of the ppg1 pheromone gene in Fusarium circinatum
Rofhiwa Nesamari - Diseases and pests of cycads: little considered threats to cycad survival
2014-06-04 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-05-30 Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics Computer Lab, FABI2

From 26 - 30 May 2014 the annual Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop is taking place in FABI. The presenters of the workshop are Dr Martin Coetzee and Dr Jane Wright, with the assistance of Marike du Plessis. For more information click here. Registration for this workshop has closed. View the programme in the attached pdf. 

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2014-05-29 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Markus Wilken
Gaby Carstensen - Metagenomic analysis of the bacterial exudate from Eucalyptus trees with symptoms of bacterial wilt in China
Erik Visser - Pinus patula transcriptome assembly
Inosters Inzuki - Understanding the genetic basis of field resistance to Cassava Brown Streak Disease in the variety 'Kiroba'
Esther Masumba - Towards fine mapping of putative QTLs associated with tolerance to Cassava Brown Streak Disease
2014-05-26 08h30 Monday Morning Meeting
Venue: FABI seminar room

Chairperson & presenter: Dr Bridget Crampton  -  Biomining South Africa's Plant Diversity

2014-05-22 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Prof. Rob Jackson - Mechanisms and adaptations for Pseudomonas fluorescens motility and biocontrol
Prof. Dawn Arnold - Evolution of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola via genomic island loss and gain
2014-05-22 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Andi Wilson - The Gene Networks of Sexual Reproduction in Filamentous Ascomycetes
Caryn Oates - The development of a systems biology model of the interaction between Eucalyptus and Leptocybe invasa
Birhan Abate - Entomopathogenic nematode search in KZN and Mpumalanga plantations and indigenous forest
2014-05-19 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Divine Shyntum - Characterising the Type IV Secretion System in Pantoea ananatis
2014-05-13 08h00 25th Annual Meeting of the TPCP and the DST/NRF-CTHB
Venue: Sanlam Auditorium

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) takes place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 May 2014. See the full programme in the attached pdf.

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2014-05-13 14h00 Special Seminar
Venue: PSC Auditorium
Lynn Sosnoskie - Glyphosate-resistant hairy fleabane
2014-05-12 08h00 DST/NRF CTHB presentations and board meeting
Venue: PSC Auditorium

General Tree Health discussions including specific DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) presentations and board events take place on Monday 12 May 2014. See the full programme attached.

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2014-05-08 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Stephanie Van Wyk - Investigation of a species specific genomic region in Fusarium circinatum
Katrin Fitza - The diversity and specificity of the Deladenus siricidicola-Sirex noctilio-Amylostereum areolatum complex
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala
Buyani Ndlovu - Functional characterization of putative RxLR effector genes from Phytophthora cinnamomi
2014-05-08 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Bertha-Lucia Castro - Diseases of coffee with particular reference to those affecting stems and roots in Colombia
2014-05-06 Advanced Microscopy Course
Venue: FABI microscope room

Individual sessions as assigned by the presenters. For FABI students only.

2014-05-06 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-04-24 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Kirsti Snyders - Isolation of Citrus Tristeza Virus genotypes using single aphid transmissions and next-generation sequencing
Mashudu Nxumalo - The rhizobia associated with Lebeckia sensu lato
Alisa Postma - The genetics and molecular mechanisms of odour detection in insects
Vimbai Siziba - The development of microsatellite markers and genetic diversity of Dothistroma pini
2014-04-17 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Johan van der Linde - Woodboring insects associated with Euphorbia ingens die-offs
Gloria Mandiriza - Seed-borne diseases of Brassica spp. in Gauteng province and the Waterberg district of Limpopo province and alternative seed treatment methods
Valery Moloto - Seedborne bacterial diseases of onions
Alex Osorio - Mud diaries
2014-04-14 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Dr Joel Pothier - MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry application for rapid phylogenetic analysis and identification of plant-health relevant bacteria

2014-04-10 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ritesh Mewalal
Phathie Sibanda - A rapid assay for indirect measurement of acylated homoserine lactones (AHLs) using Chromobacterium violaceum in liquid systems without violacein extraction
Jan Nagel - Genomics of the Neofusicoccum parvum/Neofusicoccum ribis complex: an update
Mesfin Gossa - The genetic diversity of the Deodar Weevil, Pissodes nemorensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in its introduced range in South Africa
Godfrey KgatleAre Alternaria species endophytes, pathogens or saprophytes of sunflower (Helianthus annosum) seeds?
2014-04-09 08h00-17h00 Microsatellite workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics computer lab, FABI2
2014-04-08 07h30 Microsatellite workshop
Venue: Bioinformatics computer lab, FABI2
2014-04-07 12h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Dr Michelle Greve - A bird’s eye view: Biodiversity patterns at large spacial scales
Dr Peter le Roux - Predicting spacial and variation in the outcome in plant-plant interactions
2014-04-03 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Jan Nagel
Melissa Simpson - Mating-type ratios of Ceratocystis fimbriata progeny
Ritesh Mewalal - Genome-wide characterization of plant-specific Domain of Unknown Function 1218 (DUF1218) family in Angiosperms
Priyen Pillay - Identifying plant-induced proteolytic enzymes within Nicotiana benthamiana during transient protein production
2014-04-03 09h30 Ceratocystis genome annotation jamboree
Venue: Bioinformatics computer lab, FABI2

This two day workshop (for invited participants only) aims to teach students and staff the basics of ORF/gene annotation. In the process we hope that each participant will annotate 50 ORFs/genes of a Ceratocystis species.

2014-04-02 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-03-31 16h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Michael Mbenoun - Diversity, ecology and taxonomy of tree infecting Ceratocystis species in Africa
2014-03-28 08h00-16h00 TPCP/CTHB Tree Planting Session
Venue: FABI nursery on the experimental farm

All students please come and help to plant some trees at the FABI facilities on the experimental farm. Pizzas & soda for free!

2014-03-27 16h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Simon Martin - Of bicycles, beers and butterfly genomes
2014-03-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Phatie Sibanda
Runlei Chang - Ophiostomatales fungi associated with bark beetles in southwestern China
Danielle Roodt - Albi's love life: Investigating sexual reproduction in Ceratocystis albifundus
Osmond Mlonyeni - Towards a standardized technique to characterize Deladenus siricidicola parasitism variation: An update
Stefan van Wyk - Cysteine protease and their inhibitors involvement during soybean nodule development
2014-03-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Marc Bouwer
Donghyeon Lee - Determining the ratio between self-fertile and self-sterile mating types within an ascospore drop of Ceratocystis albifundus using real-time PCR
Caitlin Botha - A closer look at the Sirex-Amylostereum mutualism
Kay Bophela - Enterobacter species associated with bacterial blight and dieback of Eucalyptus in South Africa: An update
Chrizelle Beukes - The uniqueness of South African rhizobia
2014-03-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Johan van der Linde
Gerda Fourie - The role of nuclear encoded mitochondrial genes in hybrid breakdown
Marc Bouwer - Another look at the Cossid moth (Coryphodema tristis) pheromone
Jacolene Lubbe - Biological indexing of a candidate cross-protection source for Citrus tristeza virus
Joseph Machua - An overview of Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and challenges in Eucalypts farming in Kenya
2014-03-12 10h00 Monthly FABI tea
Venue: FABI Courtyard
2014-03-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Annie Chan
Daniela Cares - The global diversity and introduction history of Glycaspis brimblecombei and its endosymbiont
Mingliang Yin - An update on Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Grosmannia penicillata complex and G. olivacea complex
Zander Human - Cross-kingdom microbial symbiosis: intimate interactions between actinomycetes and fungi
Felix Fru - Crown deformation on Pinus patula with bark stripping; pitch canker or not?
2014-03-05 15h00 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room

Kurk Wilbur - Information session on The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program

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2014-02-27 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Priyen Pillay
James Mehl -Is there movement of the Botryosphaeriaceae between mango and marula trees in South Africa?
Darryl Herron - Grass: A good place to start ... well anything
David ReadDetermining Citrus tristeza virus diversity in commercial Star Ruby orchards
Annie ChanThe nitrogen fixation genes of Burkholderia spp.
2014-02-20 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Melissa Simpson
Ronishree Naidoo - A look at the role of ethylene in the Eucalyptus grandis - C. austroafricana interaction
Tanay Bose - Diversity and distribution of Phytophthora species in South Africa with special reference to those causing diseases of Eucalyptus and Acacia
Markus Wilken - The MAT-2 self-sterile isolate type in Ceratocystis
Megan Calvert - Genetic dissection of secondary cell wall TF expression variation in hybrid Eucalyptus species
2014-02-13 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ronishree Naidoo
Michel Tchotet - Preliminary identification of wood-rotting fungi in the Garden Route National Park of South Africa
Magdeleen du Plessis - Functional characterization of cysteine proteases in soybean root nodules experiencing premature senescence due to water deficit
Edward Onkendi - Elucidating genetic networks governing virulence in Pectobacterium subsp. brasiliense
2014-02-11 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Dawit Degefu - Ecology and genetic diversity of the Cossid moth, Coryphodema tristis, on Eucalyptus nitens in South Africa
2014-02-06 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Steven Hussey
Angelica Marsberg - The Botryosphaeria dothidea-Eucalyptus grandis interaction: An update
Molly Malefo - A functional genomics toolbox for Cercospora zeina
Mmatshepho Phasha - Discovery of quantitative trait loci affecting
pathogenicity in Fusarium circinatum
Simone Fouche - Chromosome biology in Fusarium circinatum
2014-01-30 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
Chairperson: James Mehl
Sarai Olivier - Acacia trees and beetle diversity
Alain Misse - Mites as potential vectors of Ceratocystis species in the humid forest zone of Cameroon
Johan Liversage - Identification of Cercospora zeina pathogenicity factors involved in early infection and pathogen spread in Maize
2014-01-22 11h00-12h30 Special Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Sue Carson - Quantifying genetic gain
Mike Carson - High gain clonal forestry with radiata pine in New Zealand
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2014-01-21 12h00 Prestige Seminar
Venue: FABI seminar room
Fahimeh Jami - Taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Acacia karroo in South Africa
0000-00-00 08h30 Student Seminars
Venue: FABI seminar room
 
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Brittany Mitchell - Integrated analysis of early Phytophthora cinnamomi infection in tolerant and susceptible avocado rootstocks.
Andrea Wilson - The gene expression profiles of sexual reproduction in H. omanensis and H. moniliformis.
Jennifer Wayland - The optimisation and application of a diagnostic system for the detection of viruses of grapevines.

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McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x
Stewart JE, Ross-Davis AL, Graҫa RN, Alfenas AC, Peever TL, Hanna JW, Uchida JY, Hauff RD, Kadooka CY, Kim MS, Cannon PG, Namba S, Simeto S, Pérez CA, Rayamajhi MB, Lodge DJ, Arguedas M, Medel-Ortiz R, López-Ramirez MA, Tennant P, Glen M, Machado PS, McTaggart AR, Carnegie AJ, Klopfenstein NB, Cleary M. (2017) Genetic diversity of the myrtle rust pathogen (Austropuccinia psidii) in the Americas and Hawaii: Global implications for invasive threat assessments. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12378
Liebhold AM, Brockerhoff EG, Kalisz S, Nuñez MA, Wardle DA, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Biological invasions in forest ecosystems. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1458-5