Ms Jenna-Lee Price

PhD student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Neriman Yilmaz

Co Supervisor
Cobus Visagie
Mike Wingfield

I began my journey with FABI in the final year of my BSc Microbiology degree in 2018 as a mentorship student in the CPHB Mentorship Program. I was mentored by a PhD student working on Fusarium and its association with grasses. This program unlocked my true passion for mycology. 

Upon completing my undergraduate degree in 2018, I started my Honours degree in the Microbiology department at the University of Pretoria under the primary supervision of Dr. Neriman Yilmaz. I explored the mycotoxigenic fungal diversity associated with South African sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and soybean (Glycine max) seeds. This research was the first of its kind to be conducted on soybean and sunflower seeds in South Africa. 

I completed my Master's degree in Microbiology under the primary supervision of Prof Cobus Visagie and the co-supervision of Dr. Neriman Yilamz. My research focused on the fungal diversity associated with maize from emerging farms in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

I am currently doing my Doctoral degree in Microbiology under the primary supervision of Dr. Neriman Yilmaz and co-supervision of Profs Cobus Visagie and Mike Wingfield. My research will focus on exploring the facial eczema problem in dairy cattle in the Eastern Cape of, South Africa, with a focus on the fungus Pseudopithomyces chartarum


FABI celebrates 25 years of excellence

FABI celebrated its 25th anniversary at a symposium hosted at Future Africa on the morning of 17 November.

FABI hosts a key meeting on combatting Sporidesmin Induced Liver Disease (SILD)

FABI hosted the Annual General Meeting of the Sporidesmin Induced Liver Disease (SILD) Programme on 19 October.

Film crew visits FABI

FABI welcomed a team from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust that spent a morning at the Institute capturing video and stills footage for a corporate video.

UP joins the world in celebrating the International Day of Plant Health.

The University of Pretoria joined the rest of the world in celebrating the IDPH on 12 May under the theme: Plant Health Innovation for Food Security.

FABI launches a new partnership with Milk SA to Investigate Sporidesmin-induced liver disease in South African dairy cattle

A new partnership was recently been launched between FABI and Milk SA to investigate Sporidesmin-Induced Liver Disease (SILD) in dairy cattle in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

FABI shines at the UP Autumn Graduation

A hearty congratulations to all the FABI graduates that were capped at the recent University of Pretoria Autumn Graduation ceremony!

Partner from Mytox-SOUTH visits FABI

Dr Esther de Rycke, a partner from the Mytox-SOUTH project, visited FABI as part of her trip to the University of Pretoria.

FABIans take a break to enjoy Easter tea

FABIans took a break from their busy schedules to enjoy an Easter Tea in the courtyard on 5 April.

FABIans visit Germany as part of Mycobiomics and Marie Curie collaboration

Three FABIans recently visited the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany.

FABIans attend the 3rd ASM joint MYTOX-SOUTH Symposium in Stellenbosch

FABIans Dr Neriman Yilmaz, and her MSc student, Jenna-Lee Price, were amongst 110 researchers from around the world who attended the 3rd ASM joint MYTOX-SOUTH Symposium

FABI hosts the 52nd Congress of the SASSP

FABI hosted the 52nd Congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathologists (SASSP) at the Future Africa campus from 1-3 August.

GRP team visits the Bayer Crop Science experimental farm

Members of the Grain Research Programme (GRP) visited the Bayer Crop Science experimental farm in Petit, Gauteng.

FABIan awarded 2022 ISM travel bursary

Jenna-Lee Price, a MSc student in the Applied Mycology Group has been awarded a travel grant from the International Society for Mycotoxicology.

The GRP extension team completes a maize ear rot survey in the Eastern Cape

The Grain Research Program (GRP) team embarked on a field trip to survey for ear rots at maize farms across the Eastern Cape Province

NGRP hosts its first research day

On 9 May the National Grain Research Programme hosted its first research day at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus.

Farewell to Hiroyuki

FABI team members faced the sad reality of having to say goodbye to Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Hiroyuki Suzuki on 21 February, at a farewell function held in his honour at the Future Africa campus.

GRP kick-starts its national pest and diseases surveillance in Mpumalanga

Members of the Grain Research Program team embarked on a field trip to the Mpumalanga province.

TPCP/CPHB strategic planning 2022

The Management Committee of CPHB and TPCP met for two days of intensive discussions prior to being met by all students and staff for a report back session.

The National Grain Research Programme elects Board and representatives

The 30th of November marks a momentous day for the NGRP when its founding members from academia, industry and government adopted its constitution and voted in its first Chairperson and two Co-Directors.

Tree planting brings the year to a close

Some 40 FABI students and interns working in the TPCP, CPHB and GRP participated in the last tree planting event for 2021.

Industry experts unpack the intricacies of maize production in South Africa at MCET lecture

FABI chaired a national maize cultivar evaluation trial (MCET) lecture on 11 November.

FABI participates in the third seed packing project for the National Maize Cultivar Evaluation Trials

A team of 36 FABI TPCP/CPHB students and interns took to task packing a large number of maize seed cultivars from the 20-22 September 2021.

GRP Disease Diagnostic and Extension service ready for new season after their visit to Cropwatch

During the week of 6-8 September, members of the Grain Research programme (GRP) travelled to Komatipoort to visit research partners, Cropwatch Africa.

Mycotoxins: behind the scenes

Members of the Applied Mycology research group at FABI embarked on a day trip to the Southern African Grain Laboratory (SAGL) in Pretoria on Thursday 20 May.

Applied Mycology group visits Bayer Crop Science

On 6 May, members of the Applied Mycology group within the bigger Grain Research Program at FABI, visited the Bayer Crop Science experimental farm in Petit, Gauteng.

GRP team visits farms in the Eastern Cape and KZN

The Grain Research Program (GRP) team in collaboration with the University of the Free State’s Department of Plant Sciences team embarked on a field trip to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Disease screening of maize genotypes in the Eastern Cape

Drs David Nsibo and Mahlane Godfrey Kgatle of the Grain Research Program (GRP) travelled to the Rocky Park Farm in Ugie, Eastern Cape, from 25-27 January 2021. The team would like to thank Sinelizwi Fakade and Lesego Selokela for assisting the team with the planting and maintenance of the MCT at Rocky Park Farm and the University of Pretoria, respectively.

Researchers in the GRP lay the foundation for future research projects in Ugie, EC

Drs David Nsibo and Mahlane Godfrey Kgatle in the Grain Research Program (GRP) planted the first maize cultivar trials and configured a weather station on 19 November at Rocky Park Farm in Ugie, Eastern Cape.

National Maize Cultivar Evaluation Trials seed packing at FABI

A team of students and interns from theTPCP and CPHB in FABI, took on the mammoth task of packaging a large number maize seed cultivars.

FABI launches its multi-disciplinary Grain Research Programme

FABI launched its multidisciplinary Grain Research Programme (GRP) during an online event on 21 August.

Grain Research Programme field trip to the Eastern Cape

Three researchers from the FABI Grain Research Programme, Dr David Nsibo, Dr Godfrey Kgatle and PhD candidate Pfano Mbedzi, visited farms in the Eastern Cape from 12-17 July.

FABI mycologists participate in the annual MSA meeting: Mycology in the cloud

FABI students and their co-authors contributed 37 posters/graphical abstracts of the 157 of these presentations at the MSA conference.

FABIans uphold SPOOF tradition with an historic virtual meeting

For the first time in its 23-year history, FABI hosted a virtual Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF) event on 17 July. FABIans submitted nine pre-recorded videos, which in the spirit of the time, reflected the lighter moments of a nation under lockdown. The Gene Jockeys took the prize for the Best Abstract (with the subliminal message “Vote for us. FABI Director Prof.

FABI’s first ‘virtual’ symposium successfully connects academia-industry-government networks

The 31st Annual meeting of the TPC and CPHB in FABI was held on the 12 May.

FABI’s Social Club 2020 team announced

FABI’s Social Club for 2020 has recently been announced.

FABI extension trip covers two countries

February's extension trip took Caitlin Gevers, Darryl Herron, Daniella Kramer and Jenna-Lee Price to some exotic locations around Mkhondo in Mpumalanga, the wild lands of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Greytown and Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal.

Autumn graduation honours for 68 FABIans at the University of Pretoria’s first virtual graduation ceremony

FABI celebrates with the 68 graduates affiliated with the Institute whose degrees were conferred at the University of Pretoria’s first virtual graduation ceremony on 6 April.

FABI signs MoU with Cropwatch Africa to advance national Plant Health management research and service

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with specialised service provider Cropwatch Africa.

Data Jamboree at FABI

The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) in FABI hosted a “Data Jamboree” on 7 February that saw 44 students in the research programme spend the day capturing historical data from the disease clinic.

Tree Planting goes on despite wet conditions

Forty eight students from the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) in FABI braved cool, wet and muddy conditions on the morning of 24 January to replant 1,500 seedlings into potting bags.

FABIans celebrate the end of a fruitful year at the Institute’s year-end function and awards ceremony

FABI Director Prof. Guests included Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP Prof. In his address, Prof. Dr Irene Barnes presented a number of awards on the night, with the premium award, FABIan of the Year going to PhD student Stephanie van Wyk. In the new category, Best Postdoctoral Fellow, two awards were given to Dr Marc Bouwer and Dr Victoria Maloney. For their creativity,Prof. Prof.

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Aylward J, Wilson AM, Visagie CM, Spraker J, Barnes I, Buitendag C, Ceriani C, Del Mar Angel L, du Plessis D, Fuchs T, Gasser K, Krämer D, Li W, Munsamy K, Piso A, Price J-L, Sonnekus B, Thomas C, van der Nest A, van Dijk A, van Heerden A, van Vuuren N, Yilmaz N, Duong TA, van der Merwe NA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2024) IMA Genome – F19: A genome assembly and annotation guide to empower mycologists, including annotated draft genome sequences of Ceratocystis pirilliformis, Diaporthe australafricana, Fusarium ophioides, Paecilomyces lecythidis, and Sporothrix stenoceras. IMA Fungus 15(1):12. 10.1186/s43008-024-00142-z
Price J-L, Visagie CM, Meyer H, Yilmaz N. (2024) Fungal species and mycotoxins Associated with Maize ear rots collected from the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Toxins 16:95. 10.3390/toxins16020095