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Extra-ordinary Lecturer

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Research Interests

My research interests are taxonomy, population and pathology of tree pathogens, especially those that are important to the forestry industries. These pathogens include species of Botryosphaeriaceae, Cryphonectriaceae, Mycosphaerellaceae, Teratocphaeriaceae, Ceratocystis, Calonectria and Ralstonia solanacearum. I’m also interested in the disease management of various pathogens on plantation trees.

Research Experiences

I conducted my PhD research in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria. In my PhD thesis entitled, Fungal Diseases of eucalypts in China, which provides extensive study of fungal pathogens of eucalypts in China conducted to date. After I obtained my PhD degree, I conducted two post-doctoral projects in FABI, University of Pretoria and in University of California-Davis, respectively.

Now, I’m a research leader of the Forest Protection Group in the China Eucalypt Research Centre (CERC), Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), and also an extraordinary lecturer in FABI. With my friends and colleagues in CERC and FABI, we built one Tree Protection Programme, CFTPP (CERC-FABI Tree Protection Programme). Now we are pushing the collaboration on tree health research between CERC and FABI.

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Chen SF, Liu QL, Li GQ, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) A new genus of Cryphonectriaceae isolated from Lagerstroemia speciosa in southern China. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12723
Liu QL, Chen SF. (2017) Two novel species of Calonectria isolated from soil in a natural forest in China. MycoKeys 26:25-60. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14688 PDF
Liu QL, Li GQ, Li JQ, Chen SF. (2016) Botrytis eucalypti, a novel species isolated from diseased Eucalyptus seedlings in South China. Mycological Progress 15:1057. 10.1007/s11557-016-1229-1
Mausse-Sitoe SND, Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2016) Diseases of eucalypts in the central and northern provinces of Mozambique. Southern Forests 78(3):169-183. 10.2989/20702620.2015.1126780
Mausse-Sitoe SND, Rodas C, Wingfield MJ, Chen SF, Roux J. (2016) Endophytic Cryphonectriaceae on native Myrtales: possible origin of Chrysoporthe canker on plantation-grown Eucalyptus. Fungal Biology 120(6-7):827-835. 10.1016/j.funbio.2016.03.005
Chen SF, van der Merwe NA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2016) Population structure of Holocryphia capensis (Cryphonectriaceae) from Metrosideros angustifolia and its pathogenicity to Eucalyptus species. Australasian Plant Pathology 45(2):201-207. 10.1007/s13313-016-0399-2
Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Li GQ, Liu FF. (2016) Corticimorbus sinomyrti gen. et sp. nov. (Cryphonectriaceae) pathogenic to native Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Myrtaceae) in South China. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12507
Jimu L, Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Mwenje E, Roux J. (2016) The Eucalyptus stem canker pathogen Teratosphaeria gauchensis represents distinct genetic groups in Africa and South America. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12249
Jimu L, Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Mwenje E, Roux J. (2016) Three genetic groups of the Eucalyptus stem canker pathogen Teratosphaeria zuluensis introduced into Africa from an unknown source. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 109(21-33) 10.1007/s10482-015-0606-0
Chen SF, Li GQ, Liu FF, Michailides TJ. (2015) Novel species of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with shoot blight of pistachio. Mycologia 107(4):780–792. 10.3852/14-242 PDF
Li GQ, Arnold RJ, Liu FF, Li JQ, Chen SF. (2015) Identification and pathogenicity of Lasiodiplodia species from Eucalyptus urophylla × grandis, Polyscias balfouriana and Bougainvillea spectabilis in southern China. Journal of Phytopathology 163(11/12):956-967. 10.1111/jph.12398
Liu FF, Mbenoun M, Barnes I, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Li GQ, Li JQ, Chen SF. (2015) New Ceratocystis species from Eucalyptus and Cunninghamia in South China. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 107(6):1451–1473. 10.1007/s10482-015-0441-3 PDF
Lombard L, Chen SF, Mou X, Zhou XD, Crous PW, Wingfield MJ. (2015) New species, hyper-diversity and potential importance of Calonectria spp. from Eucalyptus in South China. Studies in Mycology 80:151-188. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.11.003 PDF
Chen SF, Morgan DP, Hasey JK, Anderson K, Michailides TJ. (2014) Phylogeny, Morphology, Distribution, and Pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae and Diaporthaceae from English Walnut in California. Plant Disease 98:636–652. 10.1094/PDIS-07-13-0706-RE PDF
Chen SF, Morgan DP, Michailides TJ. (2014) Botryosphaeriaceae and Diaporthaceae associated with panicle and shoot blight pistachio in California, USA. Fungal Diversity 67(1):157-179. 10.1007/s13225-014-0285-6
Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Guarro J, Cheewangkoon R, van der Bank M, Swart WJ, Stchigel AM, Cano-Lira JF, Roux J, Madrid H, Damm U, Wood AR, Shuttleworth LA, Hodges CS, Munster M, de Jesús Yáñez-Morales M, Zúñiga-Estrada L, Cruywagen EM, de Hoog GS, Silvera C, Najafzadeh J, Davison EM, Davison PJN, Barrett MD, Barrett RL, Manamgoda DS, Minnis AM, Kleczewski NM, Luke Flory S, Castlebury LA, Clay K, Hyde KD, Maússe-Sitoe SND, Chen S, Lechat C, Hairaud M, Lesage-Meessen L, Pawłowska J, Wilk M, Śliwińska-Wyrzychowska A, Mętrak M, Wrzosek M, Pavlic-Zupanc D, Maleme HM, Slippers B, MacCormack WP, Archuvy DI, Grünwald NJ, Teresa Tellería M, Dueñas M, Martín MP, Marincowitz S, de Beer ZW, et al. (2013) Fungal Planet description sheets: 154–213. Persoonia 31:188-295. 10.3767/003158513X675925 PDF
Thomidis T, Exadaktylou E, Chen SF. (2013) Diaporthe neotheicola, a new threat for Kiwifruit in Greece. Crop Protection 47:35–40. 10.1016/j.cropro.2012.12.024
Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2013) Diversimorbus metrosiderotis gen. et sp. nov. and three new species of Holocryphia (Cryphonectriaceae) associated with cankers on native Metrosideros angustifolia trees in South Africa. Fungal Biology 117:289–310. 10.1016/j.funbio.2013.02.005 PDF
Chen SF, Fitchner E, Morgon DP, Michailides TJ. (2013) First report of Lasiodiplodia citricola and Neoscytalidium dimidiatum Causing English Walnut Graft Union Death in California. Plant Disease 97:993. 10.1094/PDIS-10-12-1000-PDN
Chen SF, Morgon DP, Beede RH, Michailides TJ. (2013) First Report of Lasiodiplodia theobromae associated with Stem Canker of Almond in California. Plant Disease 97:994. 10.1094/PDIS-11-12-1033-PDN
Chen S, Van Wyk M, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Xie Y, Zhou X. (2013) Taxonomy and pathogenicity of Ceratocystis species on Eucalyptus trees in South China, including C. chinaeucensis sp. nov. Fungal Diversity 58:267-279. 10.1007/s13225-012-0214-5 PDF
Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Roets F, Roux J. (2013) A serious canker disease caused by Immersiporthe knoxdaviesiana gen. et sp. nov. (Cryphonectriaceae) on native Rapanea melanophloeos in South Africa. Plant Pathology 62(3):667-678. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02671.x PDF
Chen S, Gryzenhout M, Roux J, Xie Y, Wingfield MJ, Zhou X. (2011) Novel species of Celoporthe from Eucalyptus and Syzygium trees in China and Indonesia. Mycologia 103(6):1384-1410. 10.3852/11-006 PDF
Chen SF, Barnes I, Chungu D, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Xie YJ, Zhou XD. (2011) High population diversity and increasing importance of the Eucalyptus stem canker pathogen, Teratosphaeria zuluensis, in South China. Australasian Plant Pathology 40(4):407-415. 10.1007/s13313-011-0051-0 PDF
Chen SF, Lombard L, Roux J, Xie YJ, Wingfield MJ, Zhou XD. (2011) Novel species of Calonectria associated with Eucalyptus leaf blight in Southeast China. Persoonia: Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi 26:1-12. 10.3767/003158511X555236 PDF
Chen SF, Pavlic D, Roux J, Slippers B, Xie YJ, Wingfield MJ, Zhou XD. (2011) Characterization of Botryosphaeriaceae from plantation-grown Eucalyptus species in South China. Plant Pathology 60(4):739-751. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02431.x PDF
Chen SF, Gryzenhout M, Roux J, Xie YJ, Wingfield MJ, Zhou XD. (2010) Identification and pathogenicity of Chrysoporthe cubensis on Eucalyptus and Syzygium spp. in South China. Plant Disease 94(9):1143-1150. 10.1094/PDIS-94-9-1143 PDF
Zhou XD, Xie YJ, Chen SF, Wingfield MJ. (2008) Diseases of eucalypt plantations in China: Challenges and opportunities. Fungal Diversity 32:1-7. PDF