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PhD student

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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Primary Supervisor
Jolanda Roux

Co Supervisor
Mike Wingfield

I define myself as a fungal ecologist.  My research interests include the diversity of tree wound associated fungi with my current focus on Ceratocystis species, their vectors and ecological interactions.  During the last three years, I have investigated the diversity of Ceratocystis species and their vectors in the Garden Route National Park of South Africa and in mount Fako and mount Oku-in Cameroon.


The study of the ecology of Ceratocystis is an opportunity to embrace various fields of plant protection including, mycology, entomology, acarology, nematology and bacteriology.  It is still a little explored research field and can contribute to understanding the dynamics of tree diseases as well as host specialization and speciation of tree pathogens.

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Publication
Misse AC, Barnes I, Roets F, Mbenoun M, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Ecology and population structure of a tree wound-infecting fungus in a native South African forest environment. Fungal Biology 121(1):69-81. 10.1016/j.funbio.2016.09.002