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The South African Women in Science Awards ceremony and gala dinner - one of South Africa’s premier Science events of the year, was held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 17 August. This event was a great highlight for FABI where Andi Wilson was named winner of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Doctoral Fellowship Award. Another ‘feather in the cap” for the FABI team!  Andi is a Ph.D. student with Prof. Brenda Wingfield studying the genetic systems that govern sexual reproduction in fungal pathogens of trees. More specifically, she is elucidating the mechanisms that allow for unisexuality (a unique reproductive strategy) to take place in these fungi. Broadly this work promotes an understanding of how these fungi evolve and spread; ultimately with the aim of preventing tree disease outbreaks. Andi has just returned from a two-month research visit to Pennsylvania State University where she worked on developing a transformation protocol for the group of fungi that she studies. This work was supported in part by the SARChI Chair held by Prof. Brenda Wingfield.

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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