Ms Nicole Soal



MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Brenda Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Martin Coetzee
Almuth Hammerbacher
Magriet van der Nest

I completed my undergraduate and Honours years in Genetics at the University of Pretoria, and am now an MSc candidate working in the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme of FABI. During my Honours year, I worked on the tree pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus, in a pilot Genome Wide Association study to identify genetic regions associated with fitness traits of the fungus, under the supervision of Dr Magriet van der Nest. For my MSc, I will continue work in the Ceratocystidaceae family, characterising the enzyme catechol dioxygenase, which enables fungi to break down phenolic compounds which may be found in plant defences. I am excited to work in both the disciplines of Genetics and Biochemistry, and discover how the different fields complement one another.

 

I thoroughly enjoy playing hockey and swimming, and believe that a FABI centre should be created near the ocean (for research purposes no doubt). An ideal day may find me reading a good book and sipping on a cup of tea.

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van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, McTaggart AR, Van Wyk S, De Vos L, Trollip C, Santana QC, Naidoo K, Dong TA, Wilken PM, Chan W-Y, Palmer M, Soal NA, Roodt D, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2019) Genomic analysis of the aggressive tree pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus. Fungal Biology 10.1016/j.funbio.2019.02.002 PDF
Sayari M, van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Soal NC, Wilken PM, Wingfield BD. (2019) Distribution and evolution of nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters in the Ceratocystidaceae. Genes 10, 328 10.3390/genes10050328
Wingfield BD, Kolarik M, Menzies JG, Naidoo K, Pochopski O, Shoukouhi P, Santana QC, Seifert KA, Soal NA, Steenkamp ET, Tatham CT, Van der Nest MA, Havenga M, Findlay W, Liu M, Nguyen HDT, Lane FA, Morgan SW, De Vos L, Wilken PM, Doung TA, Aylward J, Coetzee MPA, Dadej K, De Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ. (2018) Nine draft genome sequences of Claviceps purpurea s.lat., including C. arundinis, C. humidiphila, and C. cf. spartinae, pseudomolecules for the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum, draft genome of Davidsoniella eucalypti, Grosmannia galeiformis, Quambalaria eucalypti, and Teratosphaeria destructans. IMA Fungus 9(2):401-418. 10.5598/imafungus.2018.09.02.10 PDF