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Postdoctoral Fellow

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I joined FABI as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the beginning of 2017. Mycology and genetics are my main areas of interest – put these two together and I’m all ears! My postgraduate research at the University of Stellenbosch looked at the population genetics and genomics of ophiostomatoid fungi that occupy the flowers of Protea plants. Currently, I study Teratosphaeria fungal pathogens of Eucalyptus trees in forestry plantations. The contrast between the closely related leaf and stem pathogens in the genus Teratosphaeria are specifically intriguing and will be the focus of this genome-based research project.

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Aylward J, Wingfield BD, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2017) Contrasting carbon metabolism in saprotrophic and pathogenic Microascalean fungi from Protea trees. Fungal Ecology 30:88-100. 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.09.002
Aylward J, Steenkamp ET, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2017) A plant pathology perspective of fungal genome sequencing. IMA Fungus 8(1):1-15. 10.5598/imafungus.2017.08.01.01
Aylward J, Dreyer LL, Laas T, Smit L, Roets F. (2017) Knoxdaviesia capensis: dispersal ecology and population genetics of a flower-associated fungus. Fungal Ecology 26:28-36. 10.1016/j.funeco.2016.11.005
Aylward J, Steenkamp ET, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2016) Genome sequences of Knoxdaviesia capensis and K. proteae (Fungi: Ascomycota) from Protea trees in South Africa. Standards in Genomic Sciences 11(1):1-7. 10.1186/s40793-016-0139-9 PDF
Aylward J, Steenkamp ET, Dreyer LL, Roets F, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2016) Genetic basis for high population diversity in Protea-associated Knoxdaviesia. Fungal Genetics and Biology 96:47-57. 10.1016/j.fgb.2016.10.002
Aylward J, Dreyer LL, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, Roets F. (2015) Knoxdaviesia proteae is not the only Knoxdaviesia-symbiont of Protea repens. IMA Fungus 6(2):471-476. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.02.10 PDF
Aylward J, Dreyer LL, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, Roets F. (2015) Long-distance dispersal and recolonization of a fire-destroyed niche by a mite-associated fungus. Fungal Biology 119(4):245-256. 10.1016/j.funbio.2014.12.010
Aylward J, Dreyer LL, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, Roets F. (2014) Panmixia defines the genetic diversity of a unique arthropod-dispersed fungus specific to Protea flowers. Ecology and Evolution 4(17):3444-3455. 10.1002/ece3.1149 PDF
Aylward J, Dreyer LL, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, Roets F. (2014) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the genetic characterisation of Knoxdaviesia proteae (Ascomycota: Microascales) using ISSR-PCR and pyrosequencing. Mycological Progress 13(2):439-444. 10.1007/s11557-013-0951-1 PDF