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FABI hosted a visit by Argentinian forest pathologist Sergio Ramos from the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina. Based in Concordia, Sergio is co-responsible for the Phytopathology Laboratory and the Agrometeorological Station of the Concordia EEA and participates as a researcher in projects of the National Forest Program being primarily involved in characterising the main diseases of Eucalyptus. His Institute has recently launched a genome-wide association study looking for markers linked to Leptocybe resistance. He has been on a research visit with the Eucalytpus and Pine Pathogen Interactions (EPPI) Research Group at FABI for a few weeks to learn the GWAS approach that Ms. Lorraine Mhoswa, took during her PhD that identified seven SNP markers linked to Leptocybe resistance. This initiative is part of an Argentine-South Africa collaboration between INTA and the University of Pretoria’s Genomics Research Institute under the project “Omics strategies for breeding, bioenergy and food industry”. He also took the opportunity to present a special seminar entitled: Forest sector in Argentina – pests and diseases in Eucalypts” that outlined the major pest and pathogens problems facing he Argentinian forestry sector.

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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