Diversity Array Technology (DArT) workshop (31 March - 2 April 2008)

The focus of the workshop was introducing participants to the possibility of utilizing DArT markers in breeding and genotyping Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) SEED funding initiative

Course presenters:

Dr. Andrzej Kilian, Diversity Array Technology PTY. Ltd, Canberra, Australia Dr. Matias Kirst, University of Florida, Florida, USA.

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Virus induced gene silencing workshop (11-15 February 2008)

The workshop consisted of a one-day symposium and a four-day laboratory workshop.

Funded by the Royal Society (UK) and the NRF (RSA)

Course presenters:

Prof. Paul Birch, Plant Pathology, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK Dr. Eleanor Gilroy, Scottish, Genetics Programme, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), Dundee, Scotland, UK

Dr. Ingo Hein, Scottish, Genetics Programme, Scottish Crop Research institute (SCRI), Dundee, Scotland, UK
Dr. Bridget Crampton, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biosciences, Pretoria, SA Dr. Eduard Venter, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, SA Ms. Irene van Nugteren, Department of Plant Science, University of Pretoria, SA

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GCP Training course in Databases, Internet Resources and bioinformatics for crop improvement (September 2006)

Funded by the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) of the CGIAR, sub-programme: Capacity Building

Co-presenters: Prof Jan Peter Nap, Applied Bioinformatics, Plant Research International, Wagenigen University Research Centre, Netherlands, and Dr. Yoseph Beyene, UP.

Twenty participants from National Agricultural Research Centres in Africa.

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Microarray Laboratory Training Course (28 May-2 June 2006)

Microarray Laboratory Training Workshop II, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria. Presented several of the theory lectures.

Sixteen participants from throughout BioPAD region in South Africa.

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Microarray Laboratory Training Course (Nov 2005)

Microarray Laboratory Training Workshop I, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria. Presented several of the theory lectures.

Sixteen participants from throughout BioPAD region in South Africa.

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Training Course (Nov 2003)

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) practical course &#39Integrated molecular diagnostics for tick-borne pathogens using RLB-hybridisation and microarray based biochips&#39.

Organized by UP Veterinary Faculty and University of Utrecht.

Fifteen participants from Developing countries.

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Training Course (April 2002)

Differential gene expression profiling and bacterial genome subtraction using Suppression Subtractive Hybridisation (SSH).

Jointly organized with University of Durban-Westville, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria.

Course leaders from Scottish Crops Research Institute.

Fifteen participants from throughout South Africa.

New Publications

Nsibo DL, Barnes I, Omondi DO, Dida MM, Berger DK. (2021) Population genetic structure and migration patterns of the maize pathogenic fungus, Cercospora zeina in East and Southern Africa. Fungal Genetics and Biology (103527) 10.1016/j.fgb.2021.103527
Aveling TAS, De Ridder K, Olivier NA, Berger DK. (2020) Seasonal variation in mycoflora associated with asymptomatic maize grain from small-holder farms in two provinces of South Africa. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics (JARTS) 121(2):265-275. 10.17170/kobra-202011262275 PDF
Berger DK, Mokgobu T, De Ridder K, Christie N, Aveling TAS. (2020) Benefits of maize resistance breeding and chemical control against northern leaf blight in smallholder farms in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 12(11) 10.17159/sajs.2020/8286
Welgemoed T, Pierneef R, Read DA, Schulze SE, Pietersen G, Berger DK. (2020) Next generation sequencing reveals past and current widespread occurrence of maize yellow mosaic virus in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 158(1):237-249. 10.1007/s10658-020-02070-1
Human MP, Berger DK, Crampton BG. (2020) Time-course RNAseq reveals Exserohilum turcicum effectors and pathogenicity determinants. Frontiers in Microbiology 11(360) 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00360
Welgemoed T, Pierneef R, Sterck L, Van de Peer Y, Swart V, Scheepers KD, Berger DK. (2020) De novo assembly of transcriptomes from a B73 maize line introgressed with a QTL for resistance to gray leaf spot disease reveals a candidate allele of a lectin receptor-like kinase. Frontiers in Plant Science http://bit.ly/2SmKPmT
Devnarain N, Crampton BG, Olivier N, van der Westhuizen C, Becker JVW, O'Kennedy MM. (2019) Transcriptomic analysis of a Sorghum bicolour landrace identifies a role for beta-alanine betaine biosynthesis in drought tolerance.. South African Journal of Botany 127 10.1016/j.sajb.2019.08.049
Zumaquero A, Martinez-Ferri E, Matas AJ, Reeksting B, Olivier NA, Pliego-Alfaro F, Barcelo A, van den Berg N, Pliego C. (2019) Rosellinia necatrix infection induces differential gene expression between tolerant and susceptible avocado rootstocks. PLoS ONE 14(2):e0212359. 10.1371/journal.pone.0212359
Nsibo DL, Barnes I, Kunene NT, Berger DK. (2019) Influence of farming practices on the population genetics of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina in South Africa. Fungal Genetics and Biology 125:36-44. 10.1016/j.fgb.2019.01.005
Read DA, Featherstone J, Rees DJG, Thompson GD, Roberts R, Flett BC, Mashingaidze K, Berger DK, Welgemoed T, Pietersen G, Schulze SE, Kiula B, Kullaya A, Mbega E. (2019) First report of maize yellow mosaic virus (MaYMV) on maize (Zea mays) in Tanzania. Journal of Plant Pathology 101:203. 10.1007/s42161-018-0152-5