Dr Neriman Yilmaz

Research Fellow


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Rachel Mkandawire

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Pozisa Majaja

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I started my post doc at FABI in April 2018. My research interest is focused on the systematics of the mycotoxigenic genus Fusarium (e.g. Fusarium fujikuroi species complex (FFSC)).

I have a background in food engineering and food microbiology through my Hons BSc and MSc degrees received from Ege University and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). I moved to the Netherlands in 2010 to start my PhD study at Utrecht University and Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (CBS). My studies focused on the polyphasic taxonomy of Talaromyces based on molecular, morphological, physiological and chemical characters. We divided Talaromyces into 7 sections and monographed 88 species (Yilmaz et al. 2014). We provided a full DNA sequence database for all accepted species’ ITS and beta-tubulin (BenA), while the latter was proposed as the secondary identification marker for the genus. This paper also included one of the first fungal nomenclatural accepted species lists in the "one fungus = one name" era that incorporated phylogenetic data. Since 2014, more than 50 new Talaromyces has been described and the paper including the accepted species list got more than 110 citations. 

At the end of 2014, I moved to Canada and started a one-year at Carleton University Chemistry Department. I designed a q-PCR protocol for the detection of Phialocephala scopiformis, a foliar fungal endophyte of white spruce that produces the anti-insect compound rugulosin. 

I then completed another post-doc with Prof Keith A. Seifert at Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (AAFC, Ottawa, Canada; registered at University of Ottawa). I worked on the Alfred P. Sloan foundation project focused on studying the diversity of xerophilic fungi from indoor environments. I identified many of the isolates using morphology and DNA sequence data. Populations were dominated by xerophilic Aspergillus species and these were included in several large reviews (Visagie et al. 2017, Sklenár et al. 2017, Tannet et al. 2017).






CTHB at FABI hosts delegation from the University of Venda

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) at the University of Pretoria hosted 28 undergraduate students and staff from the University of Venda (UniVen) on 22 August.

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Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Vanderwolf K, Renaud JB, Sumarah MW, Houbraken J, Assebgui R, Seifert KA, Malloch D. (2020) Penicillium diversity in Canadian bat caves, including a new species, P. speluncae. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 5:1-15. 10.3114/fuse.2020.05.01
Rajeshkumar KC, Yilmaz N, Marathe SD, Seifert KA. (2019) Morphology and multigene phylogeny of Talaromyces amyrossmaniae, a new synnematous species belonging to the section Trachyspermi from India. MycoKeys 45:41-56. 10.3897/mycokeys.45.32549
Nilsson HR, Taylor AFS, Adams RI, Baschien C, Bengtsson-Palme J, Cangren P, Coleine C, Daniel HM, Glassman SI, Hirooka Y, Irinyi L, Iršėnaitė R, Martin-Sanchez PM, Meyer W, Oh SY, Sampaio JP, Seifert KA, Sklenář F, Stubbe D, Suh SO, Summerbell R, Svantesson S, Unterseher M, Visagie CM, Weiss M, Woudenberg JHC, Wurzbacher C, Van den Wyngaert S, Yilmaz N, Yurkov A, Kõljalg U, Abarenkov K. (2018) Taxonomic annotation of public ITS sequences from the built environment - a report from an April 10-11, 2017 worksop (Aberdeen, UK). . MycoKeys 28:65–82. 10.3897/mycokeys.28.20887
Sklenář F, Jurjević Ž, Zalar P, Frisvad JC, Visagie CM, Kolařík M, Houbraken J, Chen AJ, Yilmaz N, Seifert KA, Coton M, Déniel F, Gunde-Cimerman N, Samson RA, Peterson SW, Hubka V. (2017) Phylogeny of xerophilic aspergilli (subgenus Aspergillus) and taxonomic revision of section Restricti. Studies in Mycology 88:161–236. 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.09.002
Tanney JB, Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Seifert KA. (2017) Aspergillus subgenus Polypaecilum from the built environment. Studies in Mycology 88:237–267. 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.11.001
Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Renaud JB, Sumarah MW, Hubka V, Frisvad JC, Chen AJ, Meijer M, Seifert KA. (2017) A survey of xerophilic Aspergillus from indoor environment, including descriptions of two new section Aspergillus species producing eurotium-like sexual states. MycoKeys 19:1–30. 10.3897/mycokeys.19.11161
Wingfield BD, Ambler JM, Coetzee MPA, De Beer ZW, Duong TA, Joubert F, Hammerbacher A, McTaggart AR, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Ponomareva E, Santana QS, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Nest MA, Visagie CM, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Yilmaz N. (2016) IMA Genome-F 6: Draft genome sequences of Armillaria fuscipes, Ceratocystiopsis minuta, Ceratocystis adiposa, Endoconidiophora laricicola, E. polonica and Penicillium freii DAOMC 242723. IMA Fungus 7(1):217-227. 10.5598/imafungus.2016.07.01.11 PDF
Chen AJ, Sun BD, Houbraken JC, Frisvad JC, Yilmaz N, Zhou YG, Samson RA. (2016) New Talaromyces species from indoor environments in China. Studies in Mycology 84:119–144. 10.1016/j.simyco.2016.11.003
Yilmaz N, López-Quintero CA, Vasco-Palacois AM, Frisvad JC, Theelen B, Boekhout T, Samson RA, Houbraken J. (2016) Four novel Talaromyces species isolated from leaf litter from Colombian Amazon rain forests. Mycological Progress 15:1041–1056. 10.1007/s11557-016-1227-3
Yilmaz N, Hagen F, Houbraken J, Meis JF, Samson RA. (2016) Discovery of a sexual cycle in Talaromyces amestolkiae. Mycologia 108:70-79. 10.3852/15-014
Yilmaz N, Visagie CM, Frisvad JC, Houbraken J, Kacobs K, Samson RA. (2016) Taxonomic re-evaluation of species in Talaromyces section Islandici, using a polyphasic approach. Persoonia 36:37-56. 10.3767/003158516X688270
Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Frisvad JC, Houbraken J, Seifert KA, Samson RA, Jacobs K. (2015) Five new Talaromyces species with ampulliform-like phialides and globose rough walled conidia resembling T. verruculosus. Mycoscience 56:486-502. 10.1016/j.myc.2015.02.005
Houbraken J, Visagie CM, Meijer M, Frisvad JC, Busby PE, Pitt JI, Seifert KA, Louis-Seize G, Demirel R, Yilmaz N, Jacobs K, Christensen M, Samson RA. (2014) A taxonomic and phylogenetic revision of Penicillium section Aspergilloides. Studies in Mycology 78:373-451. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.09.002
Visagie CM, Varga J, Houbraken J, Meijer M, Kocsubé S, Yilmaz N, Fotedar R, Seifert KA, Frisvad JC, Samson RA. (2014) Ochratoxin production and taxonomy of the yellow aspergilli (Aspergillus section Circumdati). Studies in Mycology 78:1-61. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.07.001
Yilmaz N, Visagie CM, Houbraken J, Frisvad JC, Samson RA. (2014) Polyphasic taxonomy of the genus Talaromyces. Studies in Mycology 78:175-341. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.08.001
Yilmaz N, Houbraken J, Hoekstra ES, Frisvad JC, Visagie CM, Samson RA. (2012) Delimitation and characterisation of Talaromyces purpurogenus and related species. Persoonia 29:39-54. 10.3767/003158512X659500