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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Brenda Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Emma Steenkamp

Fusarium circinatum is a pathogen of pine trees and its management in South Africa relies largely on early detection particularly in pine seedling nurseries. A simple robust detection method that can be used in the nurseries is urgently needed for this pathogen. The fact that the entire genome of this pathogen is available opens new avenues for the development of diagnostic tools for it. My research involves mining the genome of F. circinatum to identify species specific genes that are applicable in diagnostics. 

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Publication
Maphosa MN, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2016) Genome-based selection and characterization of Fusarium circinatum-specific sequences. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 6(3):631-639. 10.1534/g3.115.025817