Dr Mohammad Sayari

Postdoctoral Fellow


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I joined FABI in January, 2014 and now busy with my Postdoctoral project. In my postdoctoral project I'm dealing with laccase genes knock out in C. albifundus. The ultimate aim of this project is to see what is the function of some of these genes in the pathogenicity of C. albifundus?

I completed my PhD study in 2019 at the University of Pretoria under supervision of Prof. Brenda Wingfield, Prof. Emma Steenkamp and Dr. Magriet van der Nest. During my PhD, I was working on a very cool project on the identification of secondary metabolite pathways in different members of Ceratocystidaceae. I have also optimized a very efficient transformation technique using Agrobacterium to genetically modify the important South African pathogen, Ceratocystis albifundus. As a result of my PhD study, I could publish four papers in ISI rated journals as well as two other conference publications.  

I completed my MSc study in Plant Pathology in 2012. During my masters I worked on Rhizoctonia-Rice interaction and more specifically on the expression pattern of different rice defence genes against Rhizoctonia Solani AG-I-I.



Congratulation to Mohammad on successfully defending his PhD

FABI congratulates Mohammad Sayari for successfully completing and defending his PhD thesis on 12 November.

CTHB awards certificates to 13 undergraduate mentees

Thirteen students who completed eight months of mentorship in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology(CTHB) received their certificates of completion on 1 November at a small ceremony in FABI.

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Liu FF, de Beer ZW, Divakar PK, Crespo A, Pizarro D, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Kanzi AM, Sayari M, Chang RL, Ferreira MA, Chen SF, Duong TA. (2019) DRaft genome sequences of five Calonectria species from Eucalyptus plantations in China, Celoiporthe dispersa, Sporothrix phasma and Alectoria sarmentosa. IMA Fungus 10(22) 10.1186/s43008-019-0023-5
Sayari M, van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Soal NC, Wilken PM, Wingfield BD. (2019) Distribution and evolution of nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters in the Ceratocystidaceae. Genes 10, 328 10.3390/genes10050328
Sayari M, van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Adegeye OO, Marincowitz S, Wingfield BD. (2019) Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Ceratocystis albifundus. Microbiological Research 226:55-64. 10.1016/j.micres.2019.05.004
Sayari M, Steenkamp ET, van der Nest MA, Wingfield BD. (2018) Diversity and evolution of polyketide biosynthesis gene clusters in the Ceratocystidaceae. Fungal Biology 122(9):856-866. 10.1016/j.funbio.2018.04.011
Rahimlou S, Babaeizad V, Bose T, Sayari M. (2016) Determination of lignin-modifying enzymes (LMEs) in Hyphodermella species using biochemical and molecular techniques. Mycologia Iranica 3(1):57-63.
Wingfield BD, Barnes I, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Duong TA, Kanzi AM, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Santana QC, Sayari M, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Merwe N, Van der Nest MA, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Draft genome sequences of Ceratocystis eucalypticola, Chrysoporthe cubensis, C. deuterocubensis, Davidsoniella virescens, Fusarium temperatum, Graphilbum fragrans, Penicillium nordicum, and Thielaviopsis musarum. IMA Fungus 6(2):493-506. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.02.13 PDF
Rahimlou S, Bose T, Babaeizad V, Sayari M, Tajick MA. (2015) Molecular data confirm the mitosporic state of Hyphodermella rosae (Phanerochaetaceae) as the pathogen of rosaceous fruits in northern Iran. Sydowia 67(1):189-196.
Rahimlou S, Babaeizad V, Sayari M. (2014) First report of fruit spot of pomegranate caused by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides in Iran. Journal of Plant Pathology
Sayari M, Babaeizad V, Tajick Ghanbari MA, Rahimian H. (2014) Expression of the pathogenesis related proteins, NH-1, PAL, and lipoxygenase in the iranian Tarom and Khazar rice cultivars, in reaction to Rhizoctonia solani– the causal agent of rice sheath blight. Journal of Plant Protection Research 54(1) 10.2478/jppr-2014-0006
Sayari M, Babaeizad V, Fathi J. (2013) First report of Pilidium concavum as the causative agent of tan-brown rot on Prunus domestica fruits. Journal of Plant Pathology 95(2):447-452.
Babaeizad Valiollah SM. (2012) Occurrences of a new fruit rot of peach caused by Hyphodermella rosae in northern Iran. New disease report 26(1) 10.5197/j.2044-0588.2012.026.001
Sayari M, Babaeizad V, Tajick Ghanbari MA, Rahimian H, Borhani B, Nasiri Taleshi SJ, Mehrabioon Mohammadi M. (2012) First report on dry fruit rots disease of plum caused by Hyphodermella rosae in Iran. Plant Disease 96(8):1228. 10.1094/PDIS-10-11-0825