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The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) holds an annual Young Science Communicators competition that encourages young scientists to communicate their world to the public. The aim is to get young scientists to be creative in the way they communicate their science. This competition awards four categories, namely: popular article, audio clip, video clip and an open category (cartoons, poems, pictures, etc.).

FABI PhD candidate Darryl Herron entered a poster about “Food Security” for the open category. He wanted to make a poster that was easy to understand and highlighted the major problem we face as a world: feeding our growing populace by 2050. His entry was highly commended by the judges and received special mention on the SAASTA page.

First and second place for this category went to Ms Anisha Dayaram for “A statistical analysis of a scientist haplessly in love” and Mr Tlou Masehela for “As tiny as I am”.

All of the submissions were excellent and are good examples of science communication. All the entered pieces can be viewed here.   

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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