Current Projects - Grey leaf spot disease of maize (see individual MPPI student project profiles)

  • Molecular basis of virulence in the fungus Cercospora zeina that causes GLS disease of maize
  • RNA interference (RNAi) for control of C. zeina
  • Population genomics of C. zeina on the African continent
  • Maize candidate genes for resistance and susceptibility to GLS disease
  • Impact of climate change on maize GLS disease
  • Maize tolerance to the fall armyworm pest

Completed Projects:

New Publications

Craze HA, Pillay N, Joubert F, Berger DK. (2022) Deep Learning Diagnostics of Gray Leaf Spot in Maize under Mixed Disease Field Conditions. Plants 11(1942):1-17. https://bit.ly/3vg484g
Luo G-F, Podolyan A, Kidanemariam D, Pilotti C, Houliston G, Sukal AC. (2022) A review of viruses infecting Yam (Dioscorea spp.). Viruses 14(662) 10.3390/v14040662
Nsibo DL, Barnes I, Omondi DO, Dida MM, Berger DK. (2021) Population genetic structure and migration patterns of the maize pathogenic fungus, Cercospora zeina in East and Southern Africa. Fungal Genetics and Biology 149(103527) 10.1016/j.fgb.2021.103527
Pillay N, Gerber M, Holan K, Whitham SA, Berger DK. 2021. Quantifying the Severity of Common Rust in Maize Using Mask R-CNN. In: Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. ICAISC 2021. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol 12854. Rutkowski L, Scherer R, Korytkowski M, Pedrycz W, Tadeusiewicz R, Zurada J. (eds). Springer, Cham., pp 202-213.
Aveling TAS, De Ridder K, Olivier NA, Berger DK. (2020) Seasonal variation in mycoflora associated with asymptomatic maize grain from small-holder farms in two provinces of South Africa. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics (JARTS) 121(2):265-275. 10.17170/kobra-202011262275 PDF