On Friday 1 December, FABI had the pleasure of hosting three internationally-renowned plant pathologists as part of a celebration of 100 Years of Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria. The visitors, Prof. Paul Teng of the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Prof. Sarah Gurr and Prof. Gero Steinberg both of the University of Exeter, were visiting South Africa to attend the 3rd Global Food Security Conference being held Cape Town. During their visit, Prof. Teng, Gurr and Steinberg led a round table discussion with a group of FABI staff members, research Fellows and postgraduate students focused largely on developing the careers of scientists. An interesting exercise for members of the group attending the discussion including the visitors was to attempt to describe their work and interests in less that three minutes; not an easy task!

For Prof. Mike Wingfield, FABI Director, the visit was particularly memorable as Prof. Paul Teng had been one of his Ph.D. Professors at the University of Minnesota many years ago.  The day concluded with a tour to the University of Pretoria Research Precinct where the visitors had an opportunity to see the rapidly growing FUTURE AFRICA Project and to hear more about how it will catalyse interdisciplinary research in Africa from FABI Director designate and Future Africa leader Prof. Bernard Slippers.

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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