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FABI hosted a coffee and cupcakes party on 27 November to wish well three people who have become an integral part of the FABI community over the years. The farewell party – decked with cupcakes and all things sweet – was organised by the FABI Social Club in honour of Drs Bridget Crampton, Alistair McTaggart and Louise Shuey as they leave FABI to embark on new chapters in their professional lives.

Research leader of the Cereal Foliar Pathogen Research Group, Dr. Crampton, takes up a position at the UK Forestry Commission, where she will conduct research on oak diseases. She thanked Prof. Dave Berger for his mentorship since she was a PhD candidate in the Institute. She said she would miss the friendships forged at FABI and interacting with visiting scientists.

Drs McTaggarts and Shuey joined FABI as postdoctoral Fellows in 2014. Alistair developed a catalogue of rust fungi in southern Africa and together with fellow postdocs, sequenced the genomes of two rust fungi. He returns to his alma mater, the University of Queensland, where he will work with Prof. Andre Drenth. Dr Sanushka Naidoo, with whom Louise had worked in the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogen Interaction Group, said she was a mentor to many students and had “cracked the whip” as a “lab ninja”. Louise also returns to Australia to work with myrtle rust expert Dr Geoff Pegg.

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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