Ms Anja Piso

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Short CV
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Primary Supervisor
Irene Barnes

After completing my undergraduate at the University of Pretoria in Human Genetics, I found myself diving into the beautiful world of fungi in my Honours year. Here, I worked on the population genetics study of Pewenomyces kutranfy - the causal agent of a pitch canker disease on Araucaria araucana, the monkey puzzle tree native to Chile. 

I am now a second year MSc Genetics student looking into the pine needle pathogens affecting the pine plantations in Colombia. I will be doing a survey on which fungal pathogens are present on Pinus patula, P. maximinoi and P. tecunumanii. I will be honing in on two major pathogens, namely Dothistroma septosporum and Lecanosticta pharomachri - the latter of which is relatively new to the area. 

I will be looking at the haplotypic diversity of D. septosporum as well as which mating types are present in the area, since sexual structures have been identified on the pine needles. 

The population genetics of L. pharomachri has never been investigated, thus I will be using microsatellite marker data to do this. This will include designing primers to amplify microsatellite regions and using them to look into the population genetics structure of the population of L. pharomachri in this area. 

When I am not slaving away in the lab, I enjoy beinng on stage as a singer or dancer, swimming or cooking up a feast!  

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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
Visagie CM, Magistà D, Ferrara M, Balocchi F, Duong TA, Eichmeier A, Gramaje D, Aylward J, Baker SE, Barnes I, Calhoun S, De Angelis M, Frisvad JC, Hakalova E, Hayes RD, Houbraken J, Grigoriev IV, LaButti K, Leal C, Lipzen C, Ng V, Pangilinan J, Pecenka J, Perrone G, Piso A, Savage E, Spetik E, Wingfield MJ, Zhang Y, Wingfield BD. (2023) IMA genome-F18 - The reidentification of Penicillium genomes available in the NCBI and draft genomes for Penicillium species from dry cured meat, Penicillium biforme, P. brevicompactum, P. solitum, and P. cvjetkovicii, Pewenomyces kutranfy, Pew. lalenivora, Pew. tapulicola, Pew. kalosus, Teratosphaeria carnegiei, and Trichoderma atroviridae SC1. IMA Fungus 14(21) 10.1186/s43008-023-00121-w