During the past week Dr Lucy Moleleki, leader of the Bacterial Genomics and Host Pathogen Interactions research group in FABI, was informed by the editor of the British based journal, Plant Pathology, that a photograph from a paper by one of her students, Eddy Onkendi, has been selected to feature on the cover of the August 2014 issue. The paper from Eddy's PhD thesis appeared online earlier this year, and is a review of the threat that root-knot nematodes pose to agricultural crops in Africa. The photograph selected for the cover depicts a couple of very sad-looking (but colourful!) carrots, infested and deformed by two species of root-knot nematodes, Meloidogyne arenaria and M. incognita. May Eddy's cover story inspire other FABIans to spend just that little extra effort on getting good photographs that might serve as advertisements of our research on journal covers.

Onkendi EM, Kariuki GM, Marais M, Moleleki LN. (2014) Threat of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Africa: a review. Plant Pathology 63(4) 10.1111/ppa.12202