Ms Wilma Nel



MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Wilhelm de Beer

Co Supervisor
Tuan Duong
Almuth Hammerbacher
Brenda Wingfield
Mike Wingfield

I completed my undergraduate BSc. Microbiology degree in 2014 at the University of Pretoria. I then continued at the University of Pretoria and completed my BSc. (Hons) Microbiology degree in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Wilhelm de Beer and Dr. Tuan Duong at FABI. The work I was doing during my honours project focussed on bettering our understanding of seemingly fungicolous Ophiostomatalean species. During this work we isolated single cultures from Ophiostoma-like fruiting bodies occurring on aged Termitomyces combs, cultivated by fungus-growing termites. After phylogenetic analysis was performed on these isolates, we found that they likely represent new Ophiostoma species that we are currently in the process of describing for publication.

 

In 2016, I started my MSc. Microbiology degree still at FABI under the primary supervision of Prof. Wilhelm de Beer along with a co-supervisory panel consisting of Dr. Tuan Duong, Prof. Mike Wingfield, Prof. Brenda Wingfield, and Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher. The focus of my MSc project is on the plant pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola (Microascales:Ceratocystidaceae). This fungus causes the disease commonly known as black root rot on many plant species and has posed serious problems to some agricultural industries. The largest part of my research is currently focussed on the taxonomy and phylogenetics of the species, but it also includes aspects such as mating behaviour, pathogenicity and population biology. 

South African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP)

South African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB)

The Mycological Society of America (MSA)



XIX International Botanical Congress 2017 Poster

South African Society for plant pathlogy (SASPP) 50th Anniversary Congress 2017 

(Presentation) Multigene sequence analyses reveal a new genus and a new species in a globally important, multi-host root pathogen

WJ Nel, TA Duong, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, ZW de Beer

(Poster) Fungiculous species of Ophiostomatales, including three new species from Termitomyces fungus combs

WJ Nel, TA Duong, M Poulsen, D Aanen, S Vreebrug, ZW de Beer

29th Fungal Genetics Conference 2017 

(Poster) The important root rot pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola shown to be heterothallic

WJ Nel, TA Duong, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, A Hammerbacher, ZW de Beer

13th South African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB) 2017

(Presentation) Multigene sequence data reveals that the root rot pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola constitutes two sister species in a new genus

WJ Nel, TA Duong, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, ZW de Beer

Combined Congress of the Entomological and Zoological Societies of Southern Africa (ESSA/ZSSA) 2017

(Poster) A survey of entomopathogenic Beauveria spp. in South African plantations

ZW de Beer, H de Bruin, WJ Nel, B Slippers

XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC) 2017

(Poster) A new genus and sister species described for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen, Thielaviopsis basicola

WJ Nel, TA Duong, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, ZW de Beer

44th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) 2018 

(Lightning Presentation) Cryptic heterothallic mating system discovered in the important root pathogens previously known as Thielaviopsis basicola 

WJ Nel, TA Duong, A Hammerbacher, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, ZW de Beer

(Poster) A new genus and sister species described for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen, Thielaviopsis basicola 

WJ Nel, TA Duong, BD Wingfield, MJ Wingfield, ZW de Beer

(Lightning Presentation) First report of the polyphagous shothole borer (PHSB) and its fungal symbiont in South Africa

T Paap, ZW de Beer, D Migliorini, WJ Nel, MJ Wingfield 

(Lightning Presentation) Subspecies of the Dutch Elm Disease fungus cannot be distinguished based on multigene sequences

F Mthunzi, R Chang, WJ Nel, ZW de Beer

 

 


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Paap T, de Beer ZW, Migliorini D, Nel W, Wingfield MJ. (2018) The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) and its fungal symbiont Fusarium euwallaceae: a new invasion in South Africa. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-018-0545-0 PDF
Nel WJ, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2018) A new genus and species for the globally important, multi-host root pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12803