Dr Arista Fourie



Postdoctoral Fellow

Department

Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Research Profiles

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 completed my master's and PhD degrees in genetics at FABI. The focus of my MSc 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.

For my PhD I focused on the host specificity of two Ceratocystis species, C. fimbriata occurring on sweet potato and C. manginecans occurring on various tree species. This included the development of a genetic linkage map and the identification of QTL markers associated with the aggressiveness of these fungal species to distinct hosts. Further genome comparisons of the two species were performed to identify genomic regions unique to each species, likely influencing their distinct host ranges.

I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow in the Macadamia Protection Programme, focusing my research on some of the pests and pathogens that are a major threat to these crops.

I love the outdoors and enjoy activities such as hiking, bird watching and jogging.

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Fourie A, van der Nest MA, De Vos L, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Barnes I. (2019) QTL mapping of mycelial growth and aggressiveness to distinct hosts in Ceratocystis pathogens. Fungal Genetics and Biology 131:103242. 10.1016/j.fgb.2019.103242
Bradshaw RE, Sim AD, Chettri P, Dupont P-Y, Guo Y, Hunziker L, McDougal RL, van der Nest A, Fourie A, Wheeler D, Cox MP, Barnes I. (2019) Global population genomics of the forest pathogen Dothistroma septosporum reveal chromosome duplications in high dothistromin-producing strains. Molecular Plant Pathology 10.1111/mpp.12791
Barnes I, Fourie A, Wingfield MJ, Harrington TC, McNew DL, Sugiyama LS, Luiz BC, Heller WP, Keith LM. (2018) New Ceratocystis species associated with rapid death of Metrosideros polymorpha in Hawai`i. Persoonia 40:154–181. 10.3767/persoonia.2018.40.07
Fourie A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, van der Nest MA, Loots MT, Barnes I. (2018) Inheritance of phenotypic traits in the progeny of a Ceratocystis interspecific cross. Fungal Biology 122:717-729. 10.1016/j.funbio.2018.03.001
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