The festive season is about the joys of giving, so in this tradition, a small group of FABIans from the Shaw Lab decided to ensure that eight underprivileged children received a Christmas gift in the form of a Santa Shoebox. This project succeeded in collecting and distributing more than 650 000 shoeboxes to children within South Africa and Namibia in 2016, with a goal of 760 000 shoeboxes aimed for this year, in the march to a million shoeboxes by 2019.  Anyone can pledge a shoebox by choosing a female/male child of a certain age.  The shoebox is filled with 8 items: toothbrush and tooth paste, face cloth and soap, sweet, toy and an item of stationary and clothing.  This project aims to bring a smile to many a child’s face, but also succeeded in making us smile.

Contributors: Dr. Lieschen de Vos, Tanay Bose, Andi Wilson, Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Mandy Messal and Dr. Trudy Paap  

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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