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The 8th IUFRO Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems Meeting was held in Vietnam from 18-25 March, 2017. Professor Treena Burgess, an extraordinary Professor at FABI and based at Murdoch University in Perth, along with Profs Giles Hardy, and Pham Quang Thu organised this meeting. The aim was to bring together research leaders and students working on Phytophthora from around the world to share their research in the form of presentations and posters.

A delegation of five postdoctoral and doctoral students and a technical staff member from FABI attended this meeting where they gave oral presentations: Dr Duccio Migliorini, Dr Trudy Paap, Juanita Engelbrecht, Joey Hulbert, and Tanay Bose.

The next meeting will be held at Italy.

Oral presentations:

Dr Duccio Migliorini - Comparisons of Phytophthora incidence and diversity in cultivated and natural endemic species of Proteaceae in South Africa.

Mr Joey Hulbert - Cape Citizen Science: public engagement to survey Phytophthora in a developing country.

Ms Juanita Engelbrecht - Identification and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite markers to study Phytophthora cinnamomi populations.

Mr Tanay Bose - Do Phytophthora species migrate from natural forest to plantations of non-native trees in South Africa?

Prof. Treena Burgess - Native soil-borne pathogens equalise differences in competitive ability between plants of contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies; Current and projected global distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi, one of the world’s worst plant pathogens.

Dr Trudy Paap - Botanical gardens: Sentinel plantings to detect new and emerging Phytophthora risks.    

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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
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