Dr David Read

Postdoctoral Fellow


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I am currently appointed as a postdoctoral fellow with FABI and am part of the Grain Research Programme. My broad research interests include plant pathogenic viruses, their arthropod vectors and control of their spread. I completed both my masters and doctoral studies with FABI and went on to complete a number of postdoctoral studies primarily in the agricultural research environment.

Both my MSc and PhD studies focussed on the characterisation of Citrus tristeza virus populations within Southern Africa and how population structures of this virus impacts its control using mild-strain cross protection. My postdoctoral studies involved using a non-targeting RNAseq approach to characterise viral populations of maize, potato and sweet potato in both South Africa and east Africa. In addition to this, a number of opportunities arose to characterise novel viral pathogens in a number of other agriculturally important crops, as well as ornamental and indigenous plant species, which include Macadamia, Alcea, Alstroemeria and wheat.

My current postdoctoral will continue to focus on the virology of agricultural and ornamental host species and to grow capacity in the plant virology space within FABI.

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Read DA, Thompson GD, Swanevelder D, Pietersen G. (2021) Detection and diversity of grapevine virus L from a Vitis cultivar collection in Stellenbosch, South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 10.1007/s10658-021-02380-y
Read DA, Roberts R, Swanevelder D, Pietersen G, Thompson GD. (2021) Novel viruses associated with plants of the family Amaryllidaceae in South Africa. Archives of Virology 10.1007/s00705-021-05170-3
Read DA, Roberts R, Thompson GD. (2021) Genomic characterization of two novel viruses infecting Barleria cristata L. from the genera Orthotospovirus and Polerovirus. Archives of Virology 10.1007/s00705-021-05150-7
Read DA, Pietersen G. (2016) PCR bias associated with conserved primer binding sites, used to determine genotype diversity within Citrus tristeza virus populations. Journal of Virological Methods 237:107-113. 10.1016/j.jviromet.2016.09.004
Lin H, Pietersen G, Han C, Read DA, Lou B, Gupta G, Civerolo EL. (2015) Complete genome sequence of “Candidatus Liberibacter africanus,” a bacterium associated with Citrus Huanglongbing. Genome Announcements 3(4):e00733-15. 10.1128/genomeA.00733-15 PDF
Read DA, Pietersen G. (2015) Genotypic diversity of Citrus tristeza virus within red grapefruit, in a field trial site in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 142(3):531-545. 10.1007/s10658-015-0631-x
Scott KA, Hlela Q, Zablocki ODJ, Read DA, Van Vuuren SP, Pietersen G. (2013) Genotype composition of populations of Citrus tristeza virus grapefruit cross-protecting GFMS12 in different host plants and aphid-transmitted sub-isolates. Archives of Virology 158(1):2-37. 10.1007/s00705-012-1450-4 PDF