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FABI researcher Dr Brett Hurley recently visited Rwanda, as part of a project funded by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The project aims to obtain information on the presence, distribution and prevalence of eucalypt insect pests in Rwanda.

Eucalyptus is the most planted tree species in Rwanda and provides an important socio-economic role, providing fuel and fibre and supporting a diverse range of stakeholders. However, non-native insect pests are resulting in considerable damage to these trees. Strategies are available to manage these pests, but the implementation and success of these strategies is currently hindered by a lack of knowledge of the pests involved, including what insect pest species are present, and the distribution and prevalence of those species. Dr Hurley’s visit was to assist with initiating a survey of eucalypt insect pests throughout the country and to train local staff who will continue with the survey over a three-week period. When finished, this survey will provide data to inform strategies for the management of eucalypt insect pests in Rwanda.

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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