Ms Myriam Solis

PhD student


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Primary Supervisor
Sanushka Naidoo

Co Supervisor
Almuth Hammerbacher
Mike Wingfield

I was part of the Forest Pathology lab at University of Concepción, Chile since 2012, during my studies in Plant Biotechnology (2010-2015, cum laude). My thesis was on fungicide resistance of Botrytis cinerea to the main products used in Eucalyptus nurseries and its relation with the pathogen aggressiveness and genotype. On 2014 I've worked in the control of the grey mold at University of Chile on blueberries and grapes nurseries and then I had the opportunity to develop a management program for the disease for the Forestry industry. Later from 2015, I worked as a research assistant in a project about endophytes and diseases on Eucalyptus at University of Concepción.

On 2017, I moved to Bioinformatics, I did my MSc in biochemistry and bioinformatics at University of Concepción, the project was about strategies of transcriptome assembly of Eucalyptus spp. under cold stress and studied proteins involved in the process. I learned programing languages, R and Python, and the most special part was to participate in a social program that taught Python in chilean public schools.

During my PhD in FABI, I'll be investigating the interaction between Teratosphaeria destructans and Eucalyptus, at anatomical, histochemical and molecular level. The first objective is to develop an artificial inoculation protocol, then establish a screening method to select for resistant material to be able to compare their morphological and molecular responses during the infection. With the main objective of contributing to the development of effective disease management strategies.

Teaching assistant

  • Forest Pathology for Forest Engineering - Universidad de Concepción.  From 2014 to 2016
  • Plant Health for Plant Biotechnology - Universidad de Concepción. From 2014 to 2016
  • Molecular techniques in Plant Pathology, Elective course - Universidad de Concepción 2015.
  • Molecular Biology for Anthropology, Biology and Environmental Engineering - Universidad de Concepción. From 2017 to 2019
  • Coordinator of Python Course for Public Schools in Chile. 1024 programadores  Initiative. from 2017 to 2019


XXIII Congress of the Chilean Society of Phytopathology, 2014, Talca, Chile.  "Sensitivity of Botrytis cinerea collected in nurseries of Eucalyptus spp., to cyprodinil + fludioxonil and their relationship with the pathogen agressiveness". Authors:  Myriam Solís1, Marcela Esterio2 and Eugenio Sanfuentes1. Poster presentation.

1 Forest Pathology Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.2 Agricultural and Forest Health Lab., Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


XXIV Congress of the Chilean Society of Phytopathology, 2015, Viña del mar, Chile.
"Resistance of Botrytis cinerea to the fungicides Switch and Tebuconazole, and its relation with the pathogen phenotype and genotype". Authors:  Myriam Solís1, Marcela Esterio2 and Eugenio Sanfuentes1. Oral presentation.

1 Forest Pathology Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.2 Agricultural and Forest Health Lab., Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


Congress "Resilience in plants". University of Talca,  2018, Talca, Chile.  “ MYB transcription factors  expression in the Eucalyptus nitens cold response". Authors:  Myriam Solís1, Marta Fernández2 and Alexis Salas1. Poster presentation.

1 Bioinformatics Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.Plant Genomics Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción,Chile.


Society for Computational Biology, SOIBIO and EMBnet Joint Bioinformatics Conference 2018 (ISCB-LA SOIBIO EMBnet). Viña del mar.2018. " MYB transcription factors in response to low temperature on Eucalyptus". Authors:  Myriam Solís1, Marta Fernández2 and Alexis Salas1. Poster presentation.

1 Bioinformatics Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.Plant Genomics Lab., Universidad de Concepción, Concepción,Chile.


American Phytopathological Society (APS), Plant Health 2021 "Seismic Shifts in Disease Risk” .  2021. “Infection biology of the Eucalyptus leaf blight pathogen, Teratosphaeria destructans". Authors: Myriam Solís, Mike Wingfield, Almuth Hammerbacher and Sanushka Naidoo. Oral and Poster presentation.



"Genetic analysis of phytopathogen populations" (5 days).  

By Dr. Eduardo Mizubuti, 

Department of Phytopathology, Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil.

"Evaluation of products based on Trichoderma spp." (5 days). 

By Dr. Wagner Bettiol,

EMBRAPA Forests. Brazil.


"Python programming" (7 days)

by  Dr. Alexis Salas. University of Concepcion. Chile.


FABI researcher presents at the international APS conference

Myriam Solís, a PhD candidate in the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogens Interactions (EPPI) research group in FABI, participated in the conference of the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

Myriam Solís. 2019. Sensibilidad de Botrytis cinera a Switch en viveros forestales . Editorial academica española. PDF

Export to RIS
Solís M, Wingfield MJ, Greyling I, Pham NQ. (2022) A serious shoot and leaf disease caused by Colletotrichum theobromicola discovered on eucalypts in South Africa. Southern Forests 84(1):01–13. 10.2989/20702620.2021.2005454 PDF
Solís M, Wingfield MJ, Hammerbacher A, Naidoo S. (2021) Comparison of the infection biology of Teratosphaeria destructans and Teratosphaeria epicoccoides on Eucalyptus. Plant Disease 10.1094/PDIS-09-21-1877-RE
Apablaza H, Solís M, Conejera D, Fonseca A, Tarifeño-Saldivia E, Valenzuela S, Emhart V, Fernández M. (2021) bHLH Transcription Factors Undergo Alternative Splicing During Cold Acclimation in a Eucalyptus hybrid. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 10.1007/s11105-021-01313-7
Pham NQ, Marincowitz S, Solís M, Duong TA, Wingfield BD, Barnes I, Slippers B, Muro Abad JI, Durán A, Wingfield MJ. (2021) Eucalyptus scab and shoot malformation: A new and serious foliar disease of Eucalyptus caused by Elsinoe necatrix sp. nov.. Plant Pathology 70:1230-1242. 10.1111/ppa.13348 PDF
Solís M, Salas A, Lagos C, Valenzuela S, Emhart V, Fernández M. (2019) De Novo Transcriptome Assembly of Eucalyptus nitens and the Expression of R2R3-MYB Genes in Response to Cold Acclimation in Eucalyptus Spp.. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 37(4):376–388. 10.1007/s11105-019-01160-7