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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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Phasha MM, Wingfield BD, Coetzee MPA, Santana QC, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Architecture and distribution of introns in core genes of four Fusarium species. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 7(11):3809-3820. 10.1534/g3.117.300344
Chen SF, Liu QL, Li GQ, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Quambalaria species associated with eucalypt diseases in southern China. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 10.15302/J-FASE-2017173 PDF
Meyer J, Berger DK, Christensen SA, Murray SL. (2017) RNA-Seq analysis of resistant and susceptible sub-tropical maize lines reveals a role for kauralexins in resistance to grey leaf spot disease, caused by Cercospora zeina. BMC Plant Biology 17:197. 10.1186/s12870-017-1137-9
Nel WJ, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new genus and species for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12803
Aylward J, Wingfield BD, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Contrasting carbon metabolism in saprotrophic and pathogenic Microascalean fungi from Protea trees. Fungal Ecology 30:88-100. 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.09.002