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A fungal genome annotation and comparison workshop, organised by PhD candidate Arista Fourie, was held from 13-16 November at FABI. It was held in collaboration with Prof. Yves van de Peer from the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology group, VIB, Ghent University in Belgium. The workshop was presented by two bioinformatic and genomic experts, Dr. Lieven Sterck (Ghent University) and Dr. Ronnie de Jonge (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). The first day was dedicated to a general introduction to Linux while the rest of the week focused on various analyses and approaches for genome comparisons. This included gene prediction and functional annotation as well as comparisons of gene content and genome syntenny. The workshop was attended by 15 people, including Dr. Irene Barnes, Dr. Tuan Duong, Dr. Lieschen de Vos, Dr. Alistair McTaggart, Dr. Louise Shuey, Nicky Olivier, Arista Fourie, Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Ginna Granados, JieQiong Li, Feifei Liu, Tanya Welgemoed, Andi Wilson, RunLei Chang and Jan Nagel. The visit also allowed for various meetings and collaborations to be strengthened between research groups in FABI and the visiting researchers.

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Liu FF, Barnes I, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Chen SF. (2017) Molecular phylogenetics and microsatellite analysis reveal a new pathogenic Ceratocystis species in the Asian-Australian Clade. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12820
Wingfield BD, Berger DK, Steenkamp ET, Lim H-J, Duong TA, Bluhm BH, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Fourie G, Naidoo K, Olivier NA, Lin Y, Van der Peer Y, Joubert F, Crampton BG, Swart V, Soal N, Tatham C, Van der Nest MA, Van der Merwe NA, Van Wyk S, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2017) IMA Genome-F 8 Draft genome of Cercospora zeina, Fusarium pininemorale, Hawksworthiomyces lignivorus, Huntiella decipiens and Ophiostoma ips. IMA Fungus 8 (2):385‑396. 10.5598/imafungus.2017.08.02.10
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