Mr Taygen Fuchs

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Brenda Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Cobus Visagie
Mike Wingfield

My current research focuses on exploring the fungal communities associated with South African gold mines. Specifically, we are interested in the human pathogen Sporothrix schenckii, which has a history of causing disease among gold miners. Therefore, utilizing a Dilution-to-extinction culturing approach, we aim to isolate the pathogen, while simultaneously exploring the mines fungal diversity.

I joined FABI in 2022, where under the supervision of Prof. B Wingfield, my honours project focused on two closely related plant pathogens of the genus Berkeleyomyces. The work focused on re-identifying the Berkeleyomyces species found on different hosts within South Africa, with the pathogens previously collectively identified as Thelaviopisis basicola. Furthermore, we designed a set of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the two species, to facilitate future research on the population structure and genetic diversity of the pathogens. 


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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