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Dr Gerda Fourie, research leader of the Macadamia Protection Programme (MPP) and Dr Mesfin Gossa, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) attended an Insect Mass-Rearing Workshop held from 23-27 October at Stellenbosch University. The workshop was organised by various academic staff members from the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Department of Animal Science, Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with the organisers of the International Insect Rearing Workshop (IIRW) held annually at Mississippi State University, USA. Approximately 40 scientists attended the workshop and represented various academic and private institutions from South Africa as well as Mauritius, Kenya and Papua New Guinea.

The workshop covered various aspects of insect mass-rearing, starting with examples and case studies of insect mass-rearing in South Africa, the principles of insectary design and the construction thereof, the health and safety of workers, as well as quality control of insectaries. Further topics covered included insect nutrition, feeding and artificial diets, insect breeding and genetics, modelling of environmental effects on mass-reared insects, as well as sterile insect technique. On Tuesday and Thursday participants visited Fruit Fly Africa and the Department of Water Affairs’ biocontrol agent rearing facility. During the course of the week participants also had the opportunity to share knowledge and personal experiences linked to working with insects and to establish new collaborations.

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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