Ms Ginna M. Granados



PhD student

Department

Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Irene Barnes

Co Supervisor
Carlos A. Rodas
Michael J. Wingfield

My name is Ginna Granados. I obtained my BSc (Hons) degrees in Industrial Microbiology and Agricultural and Veterinary Microbiology, both in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana from Bogotá, Colombia (South America). My interest for research, Entomology and Plant Pathology began during my studies and they kept increasing over time.

Before I joined FABI, I was working with Dr. Carlos Rodas in the Forest Health Protection Program of SmurfitKappa, which encourage me to continue my studies as a MSc student. In my MSc, my research was focused on the Myrtle rust, Austropuccinia psidii. Thus, three stem canker pathogens belonging to the Cryphonectriaceae isolated as endophytes.   

For my PhD, I will be focusing on the population genetics and genomics of pine needle pathogens of importance for Colombia and South Africa forestry industry. The main pathogen that I will be working on is Dothistroma septosporum, one of the causal agents of DNB (Dothistroma Needle Blight disease). My research findings will give a clear perspective on the genotypic diversity, if there is a dominant or multiple haplotypes responsible for the disease in the country, and some other key aspects to understand its life cycle in a tropical environment.

This is an exciting collaboration project between Colombia and South Africa.

 

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Publication
du Plessis E, Granados GM, Barnes I, Ho WH, Alexander BJR, Roux J, McTaggart AR. (2019) The pandemic strain of Austropuccinia psidii causes myrtle rust in New Zealand and Singapore. Australasian Plant Pathology 48:253-256. 10.1007/s13313-019-0624-x
McTaggart AR, Shuey LS, Granados GM, du Plessis E, Fraser S, Barnes I, Naidoo S, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2018) Evidence that Austropuccinia psidii may complete its sexual life cycle on Myrtaceae. Plant Pathology 67:729-734. 10.1111/ppa.12763
Rodas CA, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2018) Biology of Litosermyle ocanae in Colombian Pinus patula plantations. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2017.1334175
du Plessis E, McTaggart AR, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Pegg GS, Makinson J, Purcell M, Ali M. (2017) First report of myrtle rust caused by Austropuccinia psidi on Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Myrtaceae) from Singapore. Plant Disease 101(9):1676. 10.1094/PDIS-04-17-0530-PDN
Granados GM, McTaggart AR, Barnes I, Rodas CA, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2017) The pandemic biotype of Austropuccinia psidii discovered in South America. Australasian Plant Pathology 46(3):267-275. 10.1007/s13313-017-0488-x
Roux J, Granados GM, Shuey L, Barnes I, Wingfield MJ, McTaggart AR. (2016) A unique genotype of the rust pathogen, Puccinia psidii, on Myrtaceae in South Africa. Australasian Plant Pathology 45:645-652. 10.1007/s13313-016-0447-y
McTaggart AR, Roux J, Granados GM, Gafur A, Tarrigan M, Santhakumar P, Wingfield MJ. (2016) Rust (Puccinia psidii) recorded in Indonesia poses a threat to forests and forestry in South-East Asia. Australasian Plant Pathology 45(1):83-89. 10.1007/s13313-015-0386-z
Rodas CA, Wingfield MJ, Granados GM, Barnes I. (2016) Dothistroma Needle Blight: an emerging epidemic caused by Dothistroma septosporum in Colombia. Plant Pathology 65(1):53-63. 10.1111/ppa.12389 PDF
Rodas CA, Roux J, Maier W, Granados GM, Bolaños MD, McTaggart AR, Wingfield MJ. (2015) First report of Puccinia psidii on Corymbia citriodora and Eucalyptus in Colombia. Forest Pathology 45(6):534–536. 10.1111/efp.12223
Rodas CA, Serna R, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ, Hurley BP. (2015) Biology, incidence and host susceptibility of Pineus boerneri (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) in Colombian pine plantations. Southern Forests 77:165-171. 10.2989/20702620.2014.1001662 PDF
Rodas CA, Serna R, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Three new and important insect pests recorded for the first time in Colombian plantations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 76(4):245-252. 10.2989/20702620.2014.965983 PDF