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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Irene Barnes

Co Supervisor
Mike Wingfield
Brenda Wingfield

I have been involved in FABI from my undergraduate studies, as a mentorship student, and from there my interest grew in the field of plant pathology and the impact genetic research can have on such studies. I have recently finished my master's degree in genetics at the FABI institute. The focus of my project was to identify genetic markers that can be used to distinguish between closely related Ceratocystis species. This could then assist in studies investigating the spread and host diversity of species in the Ceratocystis genus. My interest for future studies is in the molecular processes involved in plant-pathogen interactions, specifically in pathogenic Ceratocystis species. For my PhD I will be focusing on the host specificity of two Ceratocystis species, C. fimbriata occurring on sweet potato and C. manginecans occurring on Acacia mangium trees. The aim is to develop a genetic linkage map and map QTL markers to identify genetic regions associated with virulence and host specificity of these species.

I love the outdoors and enjoy activities such as hiking, bird watching and jogging. One of my fondest hobbies is photography, specifically animal and landscape photography. Even though I am quite far from the sea, I love to dive as often as I can.

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Fourie A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Thu PQ, Barnes I. (2016) A possible centre of diversity in South East Asia for the tree pathogen, Ceratocystis manginecans. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 41:73-83. 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.03.011 PDF
Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Guarro J, Hernandez-Restrepo M, Sutton DA, Acharya K, Barber PA, Boekhout T, Dimitrov RA, Duenas M, Dutta AK, Gene J, Gouliamova DE, Groenewald M, Lombard L, Morozova OV, Sarkar J, Smith MTh, Stchigel AM, Wiederhold NP, Alexandrova AV, Antelmi I, Armengol J, Barnes I, Cano-Lira JF, Castaneda Ruiz RF, Contu M, Courtecuisse PrR, Da Silveira AL, Decock CA, De Goes A, Edathodu J, Ercole E, Firmino AC, Fourie A, Fournier J, Furtado EL, Geering ADW, Gershenzon J, Giraldo A, Gramaje D, Hammerbacher A, He X-L, Haryadi D, Khemmuk W, Kovalenko AE, Krawczynski R, Laich F, Lechat C, Lopes UP, Madrid H, Malysheva EF, Marin-Felix Y, Martin MP, Mostert L, Nigro F, Pereira OL, Picillo B, Pinho DB, Popov ES, Rodas Pelaez CA, Rooney-Latham S, Sandoval-Denis M, Shivas RG, Silva V, Stoilova-Disheva MM, Telleria MT, Ullah C, Unsicker SB, Van der Merwe NA, Vizzini A, Wagner H-G, Wong PTW, Wood AR, Groenewald JZ. (2015) Fungal Planet description sheets: 320–370. Persoonia 34:167-266. 10.3767/003158515X688433
Fourie A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Barnes I. (2015) Molecular markers delimit cryptic species in Ceratocystis sensu stricto. Mycological Progress 14(1):1-18. 10.1007/s11557-014-1020-0 PDF