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Genetics
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The molecular basis for fungal-fungal interactions represents my primary area of interest. During my PhD at the University of Pretoria, I studied the self/nonself recognition system of Amylostereum areolatum, which is a basidiomycete fungus of considerable importance in pine-based forestry. During my Postdoctoral studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, I participated in research on model fungi in the genus Heterobasidion where I specifically looked at self/nonself recognition from both bioinformatics and molecular perspectives. My current research focuses on fungal-fungal interactions among ascomycetes in the genus Ceratocystis where I am specifically interested in how the outcome of such interactions are determined and regulated at the molecular level. 

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Book Chapters
Van der Nest M, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Stenlid J, Vasaitis R, Slippers B. 2012. Genetics of Amylostereum Species Associated with Siricidae Woodwasps. In: The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont: Research and Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest. Slippers B, de Groot P, Wingfield MJ. (eds). Springer, pp 81-94.
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Wingfield BD, Duong TA, Hammerbacher A, van der Nest MA, Wilson A, Chang R, de Beer ZW, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Naidoo K, Wingfield MJ. (2016) IMA Genome-F 7 Draft genome sequences for Ceratocystis fagacearum, C. harringtonii, Grosmannia penicillata, and Huntiella bhutanensis. IMA Fungus 7(2):317-323. 10.5598/imafungus.2016.07.02.11 PDF
Wingfield BD, Ambler JM, Coetzee MPA, De Beer ZW, Duong TA, Joubert F, Hammerbacher A, McTaggart AR, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Ponomareva E, Santana QS, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Nest MA, Visagie CM, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Yilmaz N. (2016) IMA Genome-F 6: Draft genome sequences of Armillaria fuscipes, Ceratocystiopsis minuta, Ceratocystis adiposa, Endoconidiophora laricicola, E. polonica and Penicillium freii DAOMC 242723. IMA Fungus 7(1):217-227. 10.5598/imafungus.2016.07.01.11 PDF
McTaggart AR, van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Roux J, Slippers B, Shuey LS, Wingfield MJ, Drenth A. (2016) Fungal Genomics Challenges the Dogma of Name-Based Biosecurity. PLoS Pathogens 12(5):e1005475. 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005475 PDF
McTaggart AR, Shivas RG, van der Nest MA, Roux J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2016) Host jumps shaped the diversity of extant rust fungi (Pucciniales). New Phytologist 209(3):1149-1158. 10.1111/nph.13686
van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, Wilken PM, Coetzee MPA, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Sauerman E, Godlonton T, Trollip C, McTaggart AR, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2015) Saprophytic and pathogenic fungi in the Ceratocystidaceae differ in their ability to metabolize plant-derived sucrose. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:273. 10.1186/s12862-015-0550-7 PDF
Wingfield BD, Barnes I, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Duong TA, Kanzi AM, Naidoo K, Nguyen HDT, Santana QC, Sayari M, Seifert KA, Steenkamp ET, Trollip C, Van der Merwe N, Van der Nest MA, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Draft genome sequences of Ceratocystis eucalypticola, Chrysoporthe cubensis, C. deuterocubensis, Davidsoniella virescens, Fusarium temperatum, Graphilbum fragrans, Penicillium nordicum, and Thielaviopsis musarum. IMA Fungus 6(2):493-506. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.02.13 PDF
Wilson AM, Wilken PM, van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2015) Homothallism: An umbrella term for describing diverse sexual behaviours. IMA Fungus 6(1):207-214. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.01.13 PDF
Wilson AM, Godlonton T, van der Nest MA, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2015) Unisexual Reproduction in Huntiella moniliformis. Fungal Genetics and Biology 80:1-9. 10.1016/j.fgb.2015.04.008
Van der Nest MA, Beirn LA, Crouch JA, Demers JE, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Gordon TR, Moncalvo JM, Naidoo K, Sanchez-Ramirez S, Roodt D, Santana QC, Slinksi SL, Stata M, Taerum SJ, Wilken PM, Wilson AM, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genomes of Amanita jacksonii, Ceratocystis albifundus, Fusarium circinatum, Huntiella omanensis, Leptographium procerum, Rutstroemia sydowiana, and Sclerotinia echinophila. IMA Fungus 5(2):473-486. 10.5598/imafungus.2014.05.02.11 PDF
Van der Nest MA, Olson A, Karlsson M, Lind M, Dalman K, Brandström-Durling M, Elfstrand M, Wingfield BD, Stenlid J. (2014) Gene expression associated with intersterility in Heterobasidion. Fungal Genetics and Biology 73:104-119. 10.1016/j.fgb.2014.10.008
Van der Nest MA, Bihon W, De Vos L, Naidoo K, Roodt D, Rubagotti E, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, Wilken PM, Wilson A, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2014) Draft genome sequences of Diplodia sapinea, Ceratocystis manginecans, and Ceratocystis moniliformis. IMA Fungus 5(1):135-140. 10.5598/imafungus.2014.05.01.13 PDF
van der Nest M, Olson Å, Lind M, Vélëz H, Dalman K, Brandström-Durling M, Karlsson M, Stenlid J. (2014) Distribution and evolution of het gene homologs in the Basidiomycota. Fungal Genetics and Biology 64:45–57. 10.1016/j.fgb.2013.12.007
van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Wilken MP, Stenlid J, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Slippers B. (2013) Mutualism and asexual reproduction influence recognition genes in a fungal symbiont. Fungal Biology 117:439-450. 10.1016/j.funbio.2013.05.001 PDF
Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET, Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Bam S, Barnes I, Beukes CW, Chane W-Y, de Vos L, Fourie G, Friend M, Gordon TR, Herron DA, Holt C, Korf I, Kvas M, Martin SH, Mlonyeni XO, Naidoo K, Phasha MM, Postma A, Reva O, Roos H, Simpson M, Slinski S, Slippers B, Sutherland R, van der Merwe NA, van der Nest MA, Venter SNV, Wilken PM, Yandell M, Zipfel R, Wingfield MJ. (2012) First fungal genome sequence from Africa: a preliminary analysis. South African Journal of Science 108:104-122. 10.4102/sajs.v108i1/2.537 PDF
Lind M, van der Nest M, Olson Å, Brandström-Durling M, Stenlid J. (2012) A full 2nd generation linkage map of Heterobasidion annosum s.l. based on in silica anchoring of AFLP-markers. PLoS ONE 7:e48347. 10.1371/journal.pone.0048347
De Vos L, van der Nest MA, van der Merwe NA, Myburg AA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2011) Genetic analysis of growth, morphology and pathogenicity in the F1 progeny of an interspecific cross between Fusarium circinatum and Fusarium subglutinans. Fungal Biology 115(9):902-908. 10.1016/j.funbio.2011.07.003 PDF
van der Nest MA, Steenkamp ET, Slippers B, Mongae A, van Zyl K, Stenlid J, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2011) Gene expression associated with vegetative incompatibility in Amylostereum areolatum. Fungal Genetics and Biology 48(11):1034-1043. 10.1016/j.fgb.2011.08.001 PDF
van der Nest MA, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, De Vos L, Van Zyl K, Stenlid J, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2009) Genetic linkage map for Amylostereum areolatum reveals an association between vegetative growth and sexual and self-recognition. Fungal Genetics and Biology 46(9):632-641. 10.1016/j.fgb.2009.06.002 PDF
van der Nest MA, Slippers B, Steenkamp ET, De Vos L, van Zyl K, Stenlid J, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2009) Genetic linkage map for Amylostereum areolatum reveals an association between vegetative growth and sexual and self recognition. Fungal Genetics and Biology 46:632-641. PDF
van der Nest MA, Slippers B, Stenlid J, Wilken PM, Vasaitis R, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2008) Characterization of the systems governing sexual and self-recognition in the white rot homobasidiomycete Amylostereum areolatum. Current Genetics 53(6):323-336. 10.1007/s00294-008-0188-8 PDF
Steenkamp ET, Van Der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2003) Detection of hybrids in commercially propagated Eucalyptus using 5S rDNA sequence. Forest Genetics 10:195-205. PDF
van der Nest M, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2000) Development of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers in Eucalyptus from amplified inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSR). Plant Breeding 119 :433-436.