Ms Miranda (Erasmus) Procter



MSc student

Department

Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Wilhelm de Beer

Co Supervisor
Tuan Duong
Mike Wingfield

Both my BSc Honours and MSc projects are on aspects of fungi belonging to the Ophiostomatales. My honours project involved determining the vector associations of Ophiostoma abietinum, which has been isolated from a number of pine-infesting bark beetle species from all over the world in various studies over the past 15 years. We hypothesized that it could perhaps be an associate of mites hyperphoretic on the beetles, rather than of the beetles' themselves. Preliminary results confirmed that the fungus is vectored by mites associated with Orthotomicus erosus in South Africa. I am in the process of preparing the results of this study for publication.

My MSc project aimed to reconsider the taxonomy of the Ophiostomatales at the genus level. By applying sequences of several protein coding genes, as the currently available ribosomal DNA sequences are not sufficient to do so, we are in the process of reconsidering the generic boundaries in the order. We included over 200 species in the order.

SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PLANT PATHLOGY (SASPP) 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONGRESS 2017 

 (Poster) Redefining generic boundaries in the Ophiostomatales.

M.Procter, T.A. Duong, M.J. Wingfield, Z.W. de Beer

COMBINED CONGRESS OF THE ENTOMOLOGICAL AND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETIES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (ESSA/ZSSA) 2017

(Poster) Evidence for convergent evolution of ambrosia fungi in the Ophiostomatales (Ascomycota).

M.Procter, T.A. Duong, M.J. Wingfield, Z.W. de Beer

XIX INTERNATIONAL BOTANICAL CONGRESS (IBC) 2017

(Presentation) The Evolution of Fungal Taxonomy over two centuries: a case study in the Ophiostomatales.

Z.W. de Beer, T.A. Duong, M. Procter (as M. Erasmus), B.D. Wingfield, M.J. Wingfield

13TH SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY (SASSB) 2017

(Poster) Redefining generic boundaries in the Ophiostomatales, an economically important fungal order.

M.Procter, T.A. Duong, M.J. Wingfield, Z.W. de Beer

44TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF BOTANISTS (SAAB) 2018 

(Lightning oral presentation) New genera in the Ophiostomatales.

M.Procter, T.A. Duong, M.J. Wingfield, Z.W. de Beer

 


GOLDEN KEY INTERNATIONAL HONOUR SOCIETY (Since 2011)

THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGY (Since 2017)

THE MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (Since 2018)