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The first 'in-house' fungal genome has been sequenced in the halls of FABI using Oxford NanoPore sequencing technology.  This is a step towards fungal biologists being able to sequence the genomes of the fungi they work on for approximately US$1000 while in the comfort of their own laboratory. Drs Tuan Doung, Alistair McTaggart and Prof. Brenda Wingfield have tested a MinION to sequence the genome of an important pathogen of sweet potato - with some promising results. The genomes of several plant-pathogenic fungi in South Africa will now be sequenced in collaboration with other FABIans and members of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB).

Photo Caption:  Dr Tuan Doung loads the first sample of genomic DNA run on the MinION at FABI.

New Publications

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De Beer ZW, Marincowitz S, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Bretziella, a new genus to accommodate the oak wilt fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum (Microascales, Ascomycota). MycoKeys 27 10.3897/mycokeys.27.20657 PDF
Li JQ, Wingfield MJ, Liu QL, Barnes I, Roux J, Lombard L, Crous PW, Chen SF. (2017) Calonectria species isolated from Eucalyptus plantations and nurseries in South China. IMA Fungus 8(2):259-286. 10.5598/imafungus.2017.08.02.04
Pham HTL, Nguyen LTT, Duong TA, Bui DTT, Doan QT, Nguyen HTT, Mundt S. (2017) Diversity and bioactivities of nostocacean cyanobacteria isolated from paddy soil in Vietnam. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 10.1016/j.syapm.2017.08.001
Wingfield BD. (2017) The privileges and opportunities of a research sabbatical. South African Journal of Science 113(9/10):#a0234. 10.17159/sajs.2017/a0234
Bose T, Burgess TI, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Phytophthora alticola; revised description based on new collections and a neotype. Sydowia 69:161-170. 10.12905/0380.sydowia69-2017-0161