FABI congratulates and celebrates with two researchers who have reached remarkable milestones in their careers! Drs Brett Hurley and Sanushka Naidoo were both promoted to Associate Professors, a feat that recognises their contributions not only to the Institute but also in their fields of research.

Prof. Bernard Slippers said Dr. Hurley’s promotion recognised his growing international profile as a research leader in forest entomology and biological control as well as the quality of his substantial academic output in teaching undergraduate students and supervising postgraduate research. Dr. Hurley’s research focuses on understanding and developing management strategies against forest insect pests such as Sirex noctilio, Leptocybe invasa and Glycaspis brimblecombeii.

Prof. Zander Myburg said Dr. Naidoo’s achievement recognised her contribution to research excellence at FABI and the Forest Molecular Genetics programme. As research leader of the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogen Interactions programme at FABI, Dr. Naidoo’s research has focused on understanding these commercially important trees’ defence responses to pathogens in order to implement substantial biotechnological strategies as part of integrated management strategies to reduce losses.

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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