FABI was honoured to co-host a special seminar in partnership with Department of Genetics, by Dr Adam Konecný on the application of Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) as a valuable tool for inferring population history from genetic data. The past decade has seen ABC being used by population geneticists to deal with much more complex models with many parameters and a lot of complex data (many samples, data, populations, genetic loci and sequences) and hence models are now a lot more realistic.
Dr Konecný will be presenting a two-week long workshop hosted by FABI in the use of ABC as part of a skills development initiative. He is assistant Professor and part of the Vertebrate Research Group in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Masaryk University, located in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.
He teaches vertebrate evolution and system, field vertebrate zoology and molecular ecology while his research interests and those of the students he supervises lies in invasion genetics, phylogeography, host-parasite interaction, population and community ecology (especially social network analyses) on rodents as model organisms. His personal interests include: population and community ecology, host-pathogen and host-parasite interactions, infectious diseases dynamics and ecology, bioinformatics, molecular ecology, landscape ecology and genetics.

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
Wingfield BD. (2017) The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science. The Conversation http://bit.ly/2holsgS
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