Dr Fahimeh Jami

Research Fellow


Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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Lerato Maubane

I am a Research Fellow at University of Pretoria with the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute ‎‎(FABI). My current research focuses on foliar disease of Eucalyptus. I ‎completed my BSc in Plant Protection and MSc. degree in Plant Pathology at the Guilan University in Iran. I obtained PhD my ‎at FABI under the direct supervision of Dr. Marieka Gryzenhout, Prof. Bernard Slippers and Prof. Mike Wingfield. My PhD ‎project was taxonomy and ecology of associated Botryosphaeriales on Acacia karroo in South Africa.‎


Botryosphaeriales (Ascomycota) species are common and diverse members of fungal communities that infect native and non-‎native woody plants. They can be serious pathogens and involved in diseases on native trees, but commonly occur as ‎endophytes. These fungi are also often moved locally and globally with plant material. To interpret patterns of movement as ‎well as host and geographic association, a clear taxonomic and species identification framework is required. The aims of ‎studies in this thesis were to consider the species diversity, structure and variation over time of Botryosphaeriaceae associated ‎with the native tree A. karroo, which   which occurs commonly across the South African landscape. The patterns of ‎overlap of Botryosphaeriaceae between A. karroo and three other native trees, namely Celtis africana, Searsia ‎lancea and Gymnosporia buxifolia at a single location was also considered. Finally, the diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae ‎associated with healthy tissue types, compared with those from die-back symptoms on A. karroo was studied. These questions ‎were by sampling A. karroo from 23 sites across its distribution in South Africa, with more intensive sampling done in the ‎Tshwane area over three years. In total, 19 species of the Botryosphaeriales were identified, of which seven were newly ‎described. ‎


New species from my PhD project:‎




Working in the Lab! Gardening. Running, walking, yoga. Reading.

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Zlatkovic M, Wingfield MJ, Jami F, Slippers B. (2018) Host specificity of co-infecting Botryosphaeriaceae on ornamental and forest trees in the Western Balkans. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12410
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 46(6):529-545. 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x
Slippers B, Crous PW, Jami F, Groenewald JZ, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Diversity in the Botryosphaeriales : Looking back, looking forward. Fungal Biology 121(4):307-322. 10.1016/j.funbio.2017.02.002
Marsberg A, Kemler M, Jami F, Nagel JH, Postma-Smidt A, Naidoo S, Wingfield MJ, Crous PW, Spatafora J, Hesse CN, Robbertse B, Slippers B. (2017) Botryosphaeria dothidea: A latent pathogen of global importance to woody plant health. Molecular Plant Pathology 18:477–488. 10.1111/mpp.12495
Krisai-Greilhuber I, Chen Y, Jabeen S, Madrid H, Marincowitz S, Razaq A, Ševcˇíková H, Voglmayer H, Yazici K, Aptroot A, Aslan A, Boekhout T, Borovicˇka J, Crous PW, Ilyas S, Jami F, Jiang Y-L, Khalid AN, Kolecka A, Konvalinková T, Norphanphoun C, Shaheen S, Wang Y, Wingfield MJ, Wu S-P, Wu Y-M, Yu J-Y. (2017) Fungal systematics and Evolution: FUSE 3. Sydowia 69:229-264. 10.12905/0380.sydowia69-2017-0229 PDF
Yang T, Groenewald JZ, Cheewangkoon R, Jami F, Abdollahzadeh J, Lombard L, Crous PW. (2017) Families, genera, and species of Botryosphaeriales. Fungal Biology 121(4):322-346. 10.1016/j.funbio.2016.11.001
Zlatković M, Keča N, Wingfield MJ, Jami F, Slippers B. (2016) Shot hole disease on Prunus laurocerasus caused by Neofusicoccum parvum in Serbia. Forest Pathology 46(6):666-669. 10.1111/efp.12300
Zlatković M, Keca N, Wingfield MJ, Jami F, Slippers B. (2016) Botryosphaeriaceae associated with the die-back of ornamental trees in the Western Balkans. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 109(4):543-564. 10.1007/s10482-016-0659-8
Jami F, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Loots MT, Gryzenhout M. (2015) Temporal and spatial variation of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Acacia karroo in South Africa. Fungal Ecology 15:51-62. 10.1016/j.funeco.2015.03.001 PDF
Slippers B, Roux J, Wingfield MJ, Van der Walt FJJ, Jami F, Mehl JWM, Marais GJ. (2014) Confronting the constraints of morphological taxonomy in the Botryosphaeriales. Persoonia 33:155-168. 10.3767/003158514X684780 PDF
Jami F, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M. (2014) Botryosphaeriaceae species overlap on four unrelated, native South African hosts. Fungal Biology 118:168-179. 10.1016/j.funbio.2013.11.007 PDF
Jami F, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M. (2013) Botryosphaeriaceae diversity greater in healthy than associated diseased Acacia karroo tree tissue. Australasian Plant Pathology 42(4):421-430. 10.1007/s13313-013-0209-z PDF
Jami F, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M. (2012) Five new species of the Botryosphaeriaceae from Acacia karroo in South Africa. Cryptogamie Mycologie 33(3):245-266. 10.7872/crym.v33.iss3.2012.245 PDF