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2022-11-24 16:00:48 FABI Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

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Please join us for the FABI International Seminar Series presentation on Thursday 24 November at 16:00 (GMT+2). Prof. Cyril Zipfel a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the University of Zurich will present his talk entitled "Identification and use of plant cell-surface immune receptors to improve broad-spectrum disease resistance in crops.”

Click here for more information (or to register if you have not done so before).

2022-11-24 08:30:59 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Demissew Tesfaye Teshome

WenWen Li: Species diversity and population biology of Calonectria associated with Eucalyptus in southern China
Marne van Butzelaar: Baseline sensitivity and resistance mechanisms of Exserohilum turcicum, the causal pathogen of northern leaf blight, to demethylation inhibitor fungicides in South Africa
Mary Ranketse: Genomic resources for molecular breeding in Macadamia nut cultivars
Frances Lane: Pheromones and receptors from a fungal family with diverse sexual strategies

Question panel: Rosa Knoppersen, Cheyenne Theron, Dee Twiddy and Phrasia Mapfumo

2022-11-21 08:30:32 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM 21 November 08:30. The students who attended the Bioinformatics/Invasive Species workshop will give us feedback on the workshop. This will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-11-17 08:30:44 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Phumlani Nzuza

Rosa Knoppersen: What is in the belly of the beast: The gut microbial diversity of Gonipterus sp. n. 2.
Cheyenne Theron: Determining the causal agent of brown spot needle blight disease on non-native Pinus spp. in Colombia
Dee Twiddy: Fungal diseases of macadamia fruit in South Africa
Phrasia Mapfumo: Assessing the effect of planting date and environmental conditions on sunflower development, Sclerotinia head rot progression and yield

Question panel: Jane Ramaswe, Sinethemba Nkosi, Claire Randolph and Nksosinathi Ndaba

2022-11-14 08:30:22 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Prof Zander Myburg on the 14 November at 08h30. His Presentation will follow after the Monday morning meeting. 

2022-11-10 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Byron Sonnekus

Jane Ramaswe: Chemotropic Assay for testing Fusarium circinatum response towards chemical stimuli
Sinethemba Nkosi: CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing towards the resistance to the banana bunchy top virus 
Claire RandolphFusarium euwallaceae in South Africa:  a population study of a one-of-a-kind invasive pathogen
Nksosinathi Ndaba: Microbial content of grey leaf spot diseased maize plants

Question panel: Tsakani Miyambo, Nomakula Zim and Gerhard Botha

2022-11-07 08:30:44 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Prof. Diana Six from the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana, USA on the 7 November at 08h30. Her Presentation entitled "Sci-art: what, why, and how" will follow after the Monday morning meeting. 

"Sci-Art is gaining in popularity and is now broadly recognized as a powerful avenue of outreach for scientists. But what exactly is it, why should scientists create it, and how do we go about co-creation with artists (or become artists ourselves)? In this seminar, I will provide some answers to these questions, provide examples of various types of sci-art and sci-art collaborations, and describe ways to get started. After the seminar, interested individuals are invited to join me in the FABI courtyard for a casual discussion of ways to build collaborations and to make some ‘quick sci-art.’ "

2022-11-03 16:00:53 SASSB 2022 Webinar Series

SASSB 2022 Webinar Series

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Please join us for the SASSB 2022 Webinar Series on Thursday 3 November at 16:00 (GMT+2).

Dr. Marike Palmer from the School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA will present her talk entitled "SeqCode: Empowering prokaryotic taxonomists to use resources that are appropriate for naming the organisms they study"

 

Click here for more information (or to register if you have not done so before) for SASSB 2022 Webinar Series.

2022-11-03 08:30:18 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Mary Ranketse

Tsakani Miyambo: The development of microsatellite markers for population genetics studies in Rosellinia necatrix
Nomakula Zim: Towards understanding the pathogenicity and adaptation of Xanthomonas vasicola
Gerhard Botha:Characterisation of flower blight causal agents in South African macadamia orchards

Question panel: Byron Sonnekus, Carla Buitendag, Lihan Esterhuizen and Daniella Kramer

2022-10-31 08:30:06 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Prof Eshchar Mizrachi on the 31 October at 08h30. His presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-10-28 15:00:44 Special Seminar

Special Seminar

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Please join us for a Special Seminar presentation on Friday 28 October at 15:00. Dr Brett Summerell will present his talk entitled "An integrated approach to protecting and conserving plants against the impact of invasive diseases in Australia.”

2022-10-27 08:30:20 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Myriam Solis Garcia

Byron Sonnekus: Molecular diagnostic tools to detect the causative agents of macadamia dry flower disease in South Africa
Carla Buitendag: Control of Grey leaf spot disease in maize using RNA interference
Lihan Esterhuizen: The detection of Phytophthora alticola root rot using hyperspectral readings from Eucalyptus leaves. 
Daniella Kramer: Hybridization between self-fertile species of Ceratocystis 

Question panel: Claudette Dewing and Shivan Bezuidenhout

2022-10-24 08:30:30 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Mesfin Gossa on 24 October at 08h30. His presentation entitled "Wattle pests and diseases in Ethiopia" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-10-20 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Rachel Mkandawire

Claudette Dewing: Capturing the fungal diversity hidden in Eastern Cape pastures
Shivan Bezuidenhout: The fungal diversity and mycotoxins associated with South African soybeans

Question panel: Jade Ashmore, Lazarus Mavima and Luki-Marie Scheepers

2022-10-17 08:30:39 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM on 17 October at 08h30. Sarah Cairns will be speaking about the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Hackathon: Art and Trees project.

2022-10-13 16:00:48 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

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Please join us for Felipe Balocchi's Prestige Seminar on Thursday 13 October at 16h00. His seminar entitled, "Araucaria (Araucaria araucana) canker disease in Chile: etiology and fungal diversity will be held in the FABI auditorium and virtually on the Zoom platform.

2022-10-13 08:30:01 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry

Jade Ashmore: Optimizing CRISPR-Cas9 microinjection for gene editing in Gonipterus sp.2
Lazarus Mavima
The biology and evolution of South African Paraburkholderia species with agricultural potential
Luki-Marie Scheepers: The Wattle bagworm: Detection limits vs chemical elucidation at trace levels

Question panel: Stefan Links and Elisa Pal

2022-10-10 08:30:59 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by David Johnson on the 10 October at 08h30. His presentation entitled "42:  FABI's Love Affair With Baseball"  will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-10-06 08:30:45 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Luki-Marie Scheepers

Stefan Links: Investigating the South African Plant Health Biosecurity system and its role in Agricultural Development
Elisa Pal: Toxicity, behaviour and sublethal effects of various insecticides used in the management of Bathycoelia distincta (Pentatomidae)

Question panel: Ipeleng Randome, Casey Gill and Privilege Makunde

2022-10-03 08:30:50 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Prof Trudi Joubert on the 3 October at 08h30. Her presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-09-29 08:30:56 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Mandla Sibiya

Casey Gill: Pacbio sequencing of the fungal mutualists associated with Xylosandrus crassiusculus in avocado orchards in South Africa
Ipeleng Randome: Reverse genetics studies of novel ARF and MYB transcription factors associated with wood formation in Eucalyptus
Privilege Makunde: Biology of the invasive shell lerp psyllid, Spondyliaspis cf. plicatuloides (Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Aphalaridae)

Question panel: Dedorah Narh Mensah, Jane Ramaswe and Anneri Lotter 

2022-09-26 08:30:41 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Janneke Aylward on 26 September at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "Stem pathogenicity in Teratosphaeria is associated with gene expansion, but not repeat gain" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-09-22 08:30:05 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Manchela Ratsoma

Aviwe Simandla: Risk analysis of pests of potential quarantine concern on plantation forest trees
Anneri Lotter: The pan-genome of Eucalyptus grandis
Dedorah Narh Mensah: Two distinct NRPS-independent siderophore synthetase gene clusters identified in Armillaria species


Question panel: Pfano Mbedzi, Mondli Xaba and Nicole van Vuuren

2022-09-19 08:30:29 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM on 19 September at 08h30. Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder and her students will be speaking about their research.

Their presentations entitled, "Experiences of two masters students at the XXVI International Congress of Entomology" by Elmarie Van der Merwe and Jade Ashmore and "Gene editing as a tool for insect pest control" by Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-09-15 08:30:22 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Birhanu Sisay

Pfano Mbedzi: Population genetics of the African maize stalk borer, Busseola fusca: implications for the evolution of resistance to Bt maize
Mondli Xaba: Long read de novo draft assembly of the Acacia mearnsii genome
Nicole van Vuuren: Fungal diversity in Namibian Stipagrostis ‘fairy circles’ including the description of new Curvularia species

Question panel: Taponeswa Tasiya and Patience Modiba

2022-09-12 08:30:33 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. David Read on 12 September at 08h30. His presentation, "A year in the life of the plant virology group" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-09-08 08:30:03 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Jane Ramaswe


Taponeswa Tasiya: The description of Bradyrhizobium isolated from Acacia sp.
Felipe Balocchi: Calicioid fungi on branches of Araucaria spp.: Finding the missing links
Ndamulelo Nengovhela: Evaluation of the chemical and physical interactions of Glycine max and Helicoverpa armigera

Question panel: Angel Maduke, Alida van Dijk, Lente van Zyl and Jenna-Lee Price

2022-09-05 08:30:52 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM 5 September at 08:30. Dr. Marinda Visser will be speaking to us about the Biosecurity Hub.

2022-09-01 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Nam Pham

Angel Maduke: Diversity and pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae species on leaves, racemes and nuts of Macadamia
Alida van Dijk: The application and development of CRISPR-Cas systems in Fusarium circinatum for genome and transcriptome editing
Lente van Zyl: The molecular basis of induced and systemic acquired resistance in the Pinus-Fusarium circinatum pathosystem
Jenna-Lee Price: The exploration of fungi and their mycotoxins associated with maize ear rots from emerging maize farms in the Eastern Cape

Question panel: Sasha-Lee Gush, Boitshoko Rammuki, Tshiamo Phakalatsane and Ofentse Mathibela

2022-08-29 08:30:11 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ariska van der Nest on 29 August at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "The emerging threat of Ganoderma root rot to Eucalyptus plantations in Indonesia" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-08-25 08:30:56 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Ashleigh Smith

Sasha-Lee Gush: Shifts in the soil microbiome of potatoes infected with Rhizoctonia solani AG 3-PT in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa
Boitshoko Rammuki: The world of RNA interference in Fusarium species
Tshiamo Phakalatsane: Homothallism in two species of Chrysoporthe from Zambia
Ofentse Mathibela: Evaluating maize phenology using traditional, high-throughput and automated technologies

Question panel: Firehiwot Eshetu, Ruby Ebbeling, Matthew Jackson and Zinhle Nxumalo

2022-08-22 08:30:03 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM on 22 August at 08:30. Prof Zander Myburg will be speaking to us about his research.

2022-08-18 08:30:02 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Murilo Ribeiro

Firehiwot Eshetu: Population genetics of the invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio in Australia and New Zealand reveals population change over time
Ruby Ebbeling: Precision phenotyping of Pinus for resistance against Fusarium circinatum by real-time PCR
Matthew Jackson: Population genetics and gene editing of the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Zinhle Nxumalo: Diversity and evolution of terpene synthase genes in Ascomycota

Question panel:  Christoff Joubert, Gina Granados and Nam Pham

2022-08-15 08:30:25 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Tanay Bose on 15 August at 08h30. His presentation entitled, "Taxonomic evaluation of Ceratobasidium and allied genera" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-08-11 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Alicia Fick

Christoff Joubert: Eucalyptus defense response against herbivory and oviposition by Gonipterus sp. n. 2
Gina Granados: Changes in the genetic structure and occurrence of sexual recombination in a Colombian population of Dothistroma septosporum
Lazarus Takawira: Functional investigation of five R2R3-MYB transcription factors associated with wood development in Eucalyptus
Nam Pham: Characterisation of the mating type loci in Elsinoe including the Eucalyptus pathogen Elsinoe necatrix

Question panel: Welapi Maluleke, Benny Swarlarsk-Parry and Mandla Sibiya

2022-08-08 08:30:08 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Prof Brenda Wingfield on 8 August at 08h30.

2022-08-04 08:30:32 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Murilo Ribeiro

Zinhle Nxumalo: Diversity and evolution of terpene synthase genes in Ascomycota
Marne van Butzelaar: Baseline sensitivity and fungicide resistance mechanisms of Exserohilum turcicum to demethylation inhibitor fungicides in South Africa

Question Panel: Welapi Maluleke, Benny Swarlarsk-Parry and Mandla Sibiya

2022-07-28 08:30:00 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Alandi Niewoudt

Welapi Maluleke: Determining the susceptibility of commercial Eucalyptus species against Quambalaria eucalypti using pathogenicity and hyperspectral imaging in South Africa.
Benny Swarlarsk-Parry: Characterization of a growth QTL of F. circinatum on pine-based medium
Mandla Sibiya: Development of region-specific crop rotation programmes for the Eastern Free State: A review, five years into the study


Question panel: Harris Keetse, Jabulile Mahlangu, Myriam Solis Garcia and Fanele Mnguni

2022-07-25 08:30:41 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Godfrey Kgatle on 25 July at 08h30. His presentation, "GRP extension and diagnostics: Mind the gap" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-07-21 08:30:43 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Elisa Pal

Harris Keetse: The Impact of Gonipterus sp.2 damage on Eucalyptus tree growth.
Jabulile Mahlangu:  Comparative population genetics of Exserohilum turcicum, a foliar pathogen of maize in smallholder and commercial farms in Kenya and South Africa.
Myriam Solis Garcia: Can a Eucalyptus leaf wax compound inhibit Teratosphaeria destructans germination?
Fanele Mnguni: The diversity and pathogenicity of Rahnella species isolated from diseased onions in the United states and South Africa.

Question panel: Marisca Hough, Bianca Hough, Carlyn Jacobs and Thembeka Mkhize

2022-07-14 08:30:59 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Mateka Modiba

Marisca Hough: Comparing a pathogenicity effector gene family in two Cercospora species by agroinfiltration into tobacco
Bianca Hough: Mycoviruses associated with pathogenic Ceratocystis species
Carlynn Jacobs: Genomics and population genetics of mycotoxigenic Fusarium species associated with South African maize
Thembeka Mkhize: The non-insecticidal pest management options for stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in South Africa’s macadamia orchards

Question panel: Adri Grobler, Bianca Hattingh, and Alicia Fick

2022-07-11 08:30:08 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Wilma Nel on 11 July at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "Investigating strategies for the biological control of PSHB",  will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-07-07 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Fanele Mnguni

Adri Grobler: Evaluating the use of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents against onion bulb rot pathogens
Bianca Hattingh: Overexpression of AtNPR1 in Eucalyptus nitens hairy roots
Alicia Fick: Cis-elements & DNA methylation pattern changes of NLR genes in Persea americana during Phytophthora cinnamomi infection 
Sasha-Lee Gush: Shifts in the rhizosphere microbiome of potatoes infected with Rhizoctonia solani in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa

Question panel: Angelique de Wet, Callin Ceriani, Bertus van Heerden and Rachel Mkandawire

2022-07-04 08:30:03 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for various presentations by members who attended the Fungal Genetics meeting. Their discussions will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-06-30 08:30:49 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Ndamulelo Nengovela

Angelique de Wet: The effect of different farming practices on the soil microbiome biodiversity, potato health, and soil physical and chemical properties
Callin Ceriani: The population genetic analysis of the introduction of the pitch canker pathogen, Fusarium circinatum, into Colombia
Bertus van Heerden: Real-time feedback-driven single-particle tracking: a state-of-the-art microscopic and spectroscopic technique
Rachel Mkandawire: Diversity of Fusarium and mites associated with Syzygium cordatum inflorescences.

Question panel: Ine Botha, Khanyisile Botshelo, Samkeliswe Thango and Garyn Townsend

2022-06-27 08:30:12 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Michelle Schroder on 27 June at 08h30. Her presentation, "The prevalence and distribution of Phoracantha species and their biological control in South Africa" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-06-23 08:30:07 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Lazarus Mavima

Ine Botha: Molecular studies to differentiate species and describe flower colouration in the endemic Greyia tree genus.
Khanyisile Botshelo: Unraveling the mechanism by which Trichoderma spp. antagonizes the avocado White root rot pathogen Rosellinia necatrix.
Samkelisiwe Thango: Precision diagnostics of maize foliar disease development by integrating genomic and phenotypic data using machine learning analysis approaches.
Garyn Townsend: Initial assessment of the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) in indigenous South African Forests.

Question panel: Otlotleng Moloto, Katelyn Baird, Chanel Thomas and Demissew Teshome.

2022-06-20 08:30:38 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Arne Schreuder on 20 June at 08h30. He will give us a presentation on the Information Hub.

2022-06-13 08:30:43 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI Research Fellow Dr. Trudy Paap on 13 June at 08h30. Her presentation entitled, "The importance of plant pathology in conservation efforts." will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-06-09 08:30:11 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Tsakani Miyambo

Chanel Thomas: Leveraging genomic data to understand the taxonomy and population genetics of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Otlotleng Moloto: Development of translation initiation factor-based potyvirus resistance to sweet potato virus disease in South Africa
Katelyn Baird: Understanding the role of Phytophthora cinnamomi NLP effectors in host plant cell death.
Demissew Teshome:Transcriptional reprogramming during recovery from drought stress in Eucalyptus grandis

Question panel: Murilo Ribeiro, Francinah Ratsoma, Alinaswe Selebi and Ruth Nante

2022-06-06 08:30:23 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by Alisa Postma on 6 June at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "From Virtual to Actual to Something in Between: BIO2022, the first SASBi/SAGS Hybrid Conference" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-06-02 08:30:42 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Kenny Masuku


Murilo Ribeiro: Influence of polyandry and male harassment on Gonipterus platensis

Francinah Ratsoma: Characterization of biofilm formation and  extracellular vesicles (EVs) in  Fusarium circinatum

Alinaswe Selebi: Re-evaluating the Cryphonectriaceae

Ruth Nante: Comparative genomics between the two forest fungal pathogens Dothistroma septosporum and Dothistroma pini

 

Question panel: Michal Slupski, Ashleigh Smith and Phumlani Nzuza

2022-05-30 08:30:16 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Felix Fru on 30 May at 08h30. His presentation entitled "Fusarium circinatum research experience: My TWAS-DFG research sejour in Germany",  will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-05-26 08:30:46 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Silindle Maphosa

Ashleigh Smith: Characterisation of chemosensation genes and female sex pheromone in Thaumatotibia batrachopa (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Phumlani Nzuza: UAV Monitoring of Gonipterus sp. 2
Michal Slupski: Elucidating the circadian rhythm of Chrysoporthe austroafricana and its role in virulence

Question panel: Monique Muller, Melandre van Lill, Alandi Niewoudt and Julia Candotti

2022-05-23 08:30:19 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM at 08:30. We will have a report back session of the Bio2022 conference.

2022-05-19 08:30:44 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

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Chair: Phophi Nethononda

Melandré van Lill: Rhizobial diversity associated with indigenous South African legumes of ecological and medicinal importance

Monique Muller: Population studies indicate multiple introductory events of Dothistroma pini into France


Alandi Nieuwoudt: Race typing of Exserohilum turcicum in South Africa


Julia Candotti: Towards haplotype and structural variant based genetic dissection of complex traits in Eucalyptus hybrids

Question panel: Leandri Klynsmith, Alisha van Heerden, Phophi Nethononda and Hannes Strydom

2022-05-16 08:30:27 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Robert Mangani on 16 May at 08h30. His presentation, "Evaluating planting dates and cultivar choice of maize under dryland production in South Africa " will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-05-09 21:01:44 Meeting

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB)

Venue: Future Africa Campus

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) has become one of the most important meetings relating to forest tree health in South Africa and globally. The 2022 TPCP/CPHB meeting will take place on the 10th of May. This event is open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other stakeholders in the TPCP and CPHB.

As has been the case in the past, the 33rd annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach.

2022-05-09 19:31:55 Symposium

NGRP research day 2022

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The National Grain Research Programme was launched to support the national grain and oilseed industry through research and innovation. Our vision is to 1) increase collaboration between government, industry, local Universities and other research institutes; 2) increase engagements between grain and oilseed stakeholders and 3) to promote industry-relevant, outcomes-based research.

On 9 May 2022, the first annual NGRP research day will be hosted. During this meeting we seek to provide feedback to the grain industry and other stakeholders with researchers from the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University that will present an overview of grain related research projects. The meeting will take place virtually with the possibility of some hybrid interactions and is open to staff of NGRP members.

Should you be interested to join, please register using the registration form on the left panel of this page.

2022-05-05 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Pfano Mbedzi

Leandri Klynsmith: Chemosensory gene signatures for ecological niche and behavioural specialisation in Sirex noctilio

Alisha van Heerden: Development of a LAMP assay for the on-site diagnosis of the new Eucalyptus pathogen, Elsinoë necatrix using the characteristic elsinochrome toxin cluster as a marker

Phophi Nethononda: Smallholder farmer’s knowledge, perception and management practices of Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on maize (Zea mays) at Tshiombo and Dzindi irrigation schemes of Limpopo Province in South Africa

Hannes Strydom: Modelling the population dynamics of CRISPR-Cas9 in Sirex noctilio

Question panel: Dineo Mailula, Kenny Masuku and Preston Shaw

2022-04-28 16:00:45 FABI Seminar Series

FABI Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for the next presentation in the FABI International Seminar Series on 28 April at 16h00 (GMT+2). Dr. Svetlana Y. Folimonova, Associate Professor, from the Department of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA will present her talk entitled "Understanding cross-protection by Citrus tristeza virus: our quest for the answer to a century-old question".

Click here for more information and to register (if you have not done so before).

2022-04-28 08:30:59 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Privelege Makunde

Dineo Mailula: Catabolism of branched chain and aromatic amino acids to form fusel alcohols and fusel acetates by the Ceratocystidaceae.
Kenny Masuku: Functional characterization of ERG3 and ERG5 in ergosterol biosynthesis route in Fusarium circinatum and azole resistance
Preston Shaw: Genome-wide discovery of alternative splicing events in Ceratocystis using long-read sequencing

Question panel: Tumisang Mokgobu, Sean Schultze and Sumari Venter

2022-04-25 08:30:44 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

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Please join us for MMM on 25 April at 08h30. There will be a short presentation by Guangshuo Lin from the University of Copenhagen on the Podaxis project. The presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-04-21 08:30:09 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Angel Maduke


Sumari Venter: The value of genetics and its role in the host immune response evasion of Deladenus siricidicola.
Tumisang Mokgobu: Pathogenicity of diverse African isolates of Cercospora zeina on maize.
Sean Schultze: Investigating the influence of a putative ribonuclease effector on Fusarium circinatum virulence in Pinus patula.

Question panel: Willem van der Westhuizen, Teresia Macharia, Deanné du Plessis and Lize Reinecke

2022-04-14 08:30:51 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Phinda Magagula

Willem van der Westhuizen:  Legume drought tolerance: assessing the slow-wilting phenotype among soybean, dry bean, and cowpea in South Africa
Teresia Macharia: Towards the Identification and Functional characterization of Meloidogyne javanica effector proteins involved in parasitism
Elmarie vd Merwe: The development and application of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tools to control the insect pest Sirex noctilio
Lize Reinecke: Efficacy of new oomycete fungicides and biological control agents for the management of Phytophthora root rot of citrus in South Africa

Question panel: Maxwell Kibor, Jostina Rakoma, Caitlin Gevers and Msizi Ramaoka

2022-04-11 08:30:25 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Bertus van Heerden on 11 April at 08h30. His presentation entitled "Why and how to learn programming for data analysis", will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-04-07 08:30:07 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Frances Lane

Caitlin Gevers: My title is the investigation of the admixture that has occurred between the genetically distinct Leptocybe invasa lineages in South Africa.

Msizi Ramaoka: The patterns of foraging for protein by fruit fly pests in citrus in South Africa

Maxwell Kibor: Diversity and agroecology of thrips (Thysanoptera) in the Levubu region of Limpopo province, South Africa

Jostina RakomaMat genes in ambrosial fungi from the Ceratocystidaceae

Question panel: Kira Lynn, Katlego Kopotsa, Dylan Pullock and Nombulelo Qikani

2022-03-31 16:00:16 FABI Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue:

Please join us for the next FABI International Seminar on Thursday 31 March at 16:00 (GMT+2). Dr. Jonàs Oliva from the Department of Vegetal Production and Forestry Science, Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain will present his talk entitled "Functional Ecology of Forest Disease."

Click here for more information and to register (if you have not done so before).

2022-03-31 08:30:30 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Harmen Barten

Kira Lynn: Real-time PCR high-resolution melting curve analysis to detect Ceratocystis species in the Latin American clade
Katlego Kopotsa: The diversity of rhizobial symbionts of agriculturally cultivated Glycine max in South Africa
Dylan Pullock: Development of novel monitoring and control tools for citrus psyllids
Nombulelo Qikani: Identification and characterisation of fungi and Oomycetes on maize agricultural soils with a focus on plant pathogens

Question panel: Rudolph Strydom, Celiwe Nxumalo, Chizne Peremore and Tania Pogue

2022-03-28 08:30:53 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for Monday Morning meeting 28 March at 08h30. We will have presentations by Marianna Theyse from Phyto Solutions and Wiana Louw from The Southern African Grain Laboratory NPC.

2022-03-24 08:30:37 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Maxwell Kibor

Rudolph Strydom: Evaluating the efficacy of different control strategies in suppressing Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea diseases on potatoes and soil inoculum levels
Celiwe Nxumalo: Functional characterization of Phytophthora parasitica PpRxLR1 and PpRxLR6 in Nicotiana benthamiana
Chizne Peremore: Extracellular Vesicles in virulence factor production of Fusarium verticillioides
Tania Pogue: Correlation of lure responses of South African fruit flies

Question panel: Langanani Matodzi, Melissa Joubert, Hanna Tate and Eloff Theron

2022-03-17 08:30:20 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Carlynn Jacobs

Langanani Matodzi:  Identification of mating-type genes and development of microsatellite markers in the genome sequences of fungal species that cause SDS in soybean
Melissa Joubert: Unchartered territory: unravelling infection by Avocado Sunblotch Viroid
Hannah Tate: Exploring chloroplast haplotype diversity within and between species with a focus on Eucalyptus grandis
Eloff Theron: Phosphonate sensitivity of Phytophthora nicotianae in South African citrus orchards and nurseries

Question panel: Marizanne Jones, Vera Röder, Alice Mthembu and Tiphany Nkomo

2022-03-14 08:30:56 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for Monday Morning Meeting 14 March at 08h30. Visitors from Czech Republic will be presenting their research. 

Michaela Svarcova:
How to resolve taxonomy in clonal fungal species

Adela Cmokova:
Ecological role of secondary metabolites in plant-fungal interactions

Karel Svec:
Microbial communities associated with bark beetles

2022-03-10 08:30:36 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Melissa Joubert

Marizanne Jones: Diversity and virulence of entomopathogens of invasive insect pests in South African Eucalyptus plantations.
Vera Röder: Analysing transcriptional response of style & anther filaments to environmental stress in Helianthus annuus.    
Alice Mthembu: Survey of fungal and oomycete diversity from maize fields soils in the Eastern Cape.
Tiphany Nkomo: Deciphering the mycorrhizal diversity and biochemical interactions associated with the orchid Epidendrum ibaguense.

Question panel: Bernard Smit, Innocent Rakubu, Valencia Mogashoa and Shae Swanepoel

2022-03-07 08:30:50 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Josephine Quefflec on 7 March at 08h30. Her presentation,"Hijacking Cupid’s arrow: How to use reproductive biology to manage insect populations" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-03-03 08:30:14 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Sasha-Lee Gush

Innocent Rakubu: Efficacy, host-finding ability, and application of entomopathogenic nematodes on pupae of Gonipterus sp. 2.


Valencia Mogashoa: Development of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) model for screening resistant and susceptible Eucalyptus clones against Chrysoporthe austroafricana


Shae Swanepoel: The molecular dialogue between Eucalyptus grandis and the myrtle rust pathogen, Austropuccinia psidii

Bernard Smit: Promoting callus and shoot formation in Eucalypts with GRF4-GIF1 chimeric protein in vitro and in planta



Question panel: Sikelela Buthelezi, Lindokuhle Masimula, Mathew Harris and Kayla Midgely

2022-02-28 08:30:54 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for Monday Morning Meeting 28 February at 08h30. Dr. Nicky Creux, be discussing FABI's social awareness initiative. This will be followed by a presentation by Prof. Brett Hurley on the recent release of Anaphes nitens. Their presentations, will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-02-24 08:30:37 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:


Chair: Philani Dlamini

Sikelela Buthelezi: Characterization of the mating type genes  in Sclerotinia species
Lindokuhle Masimula: The interaction of Paraburkholderia species with agricultural legumes in South africa
Mathew Harris: Spatial and temporal patterns of C4 grass-associated endophyte communities
Kayla Midgely: Functional analysis and sequencing of CRN effectors from Phytophthora cinnamomi

Question panel: Mamokete Bokhale, Philani Dlamini and Thembela Lulane

2022-02-21 20:00:16 Student Seminars

IUFRO Student seminar Americas

Venue:

In early 2022 the WP 7.03.16 will host three symposia highlighting the work of graduate students in the disciplines of Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of forest insects. This second symposium will be focussed on the regions of North and South / Central America. The symposia will occur virtually and are open to everyone to attend; however, only students will present their work. Talks will be pre-recorded and submitted in advance of each symposia for judging. The top three from each region will be presented for a total of six student presentations per symposia. The best talk from each region (i.e., two will be selected from each symposia) will be recognized and our goal is to offer financial assistance to each winner to attend the IUFRO All-Division 7 meeting in 2022 in Portugal where the winners will present their talks in a symposium highlighting student research in the working party.

 

Please register here if you wish to participate.

2022-02-21 08:30:24 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Dr Dawit Kidanemariam on Monday 21 February at 08h30. His presentation, entitled "Viruses of aroids in East Africa" will follow the formal part of MMM.

2022-02-17 08:30:46 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Julia Candotti

Mamokete Bokhale: SlyA and PhoP transcriptional regulators role in cell metabolism of Pectobacterium brasilense 1692.


Philani Dlamini: CRISPR-Cas9 genetic editing of Banana for resistance against the banana bunchy top virus


Thembela Lulane: Evaluating the effect of oncogenes and different hormone treatments on regeneration of wounded Eucalyptus tissues

Question panel: Ayaovi Agbessenou, Janine Bisschoff and Deanne du Plessis 

2022-02-14 08:30:47 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Adv. Lawrence Baloyi and John Visagie from the Department of Research and Innovation, University of Pretoria on 14 February at 08h30. Their presentation, will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-02-10 08:30:09 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Sikelela Buthelezi

Ayaovi Agbessenou: Potential of integrating entomopathogenic and endophytic fungal based biopesticides for sustainable management of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)


Janine Bisschoff: The evaluation of new oomycete fungicides for the management of Phytophthora nicotianae in citrus orchards in South Africa


Deanne du Plessis: Functional characterization of a laccase of Leptographium wageneri


Question panel:Joshua Tsamba, Lukanyo Makhabane, Edwin Wanjofu

2022-02-07 08:30:08 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Dr Lieschen De Vos on Monday 7 February at 08h30. Her presentation "Accessory chromosomes within the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex" will follow the formal part of MMM.

2022-02-03 08:30:50 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Dineo Mailula


Joshua Tsamba: Are drivers of species richness sensitive to grain size?

Lukanyo Makhabane: Finding a needle in a haystack: Evidence of Repeat-Induced Point (RIP) mutations in members of Basidiomycota, with special reference to Armillaria fungi

Edwin Wanjofu: Nodulation and nitrogen fixation effectiveness of chickpea associated Mesorhizobium strains under controlled conditions in South Africa


Question panel: Tanya Welgemoed, Vasili Balios and Kyle Leeuwendaal

2022-01-31 08:30:16 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Carol Nonkwelo from the Department of Research and Innovation, University of Pretoria on 31 January at 08h30. Her presentation, will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2022-01-27 08:30:51 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Kira Lynn


Tanya Welgemoed: Signatures of selection in African populations of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina.


Vasili Balios: Engineering long distance graft transmissible floral induction in Eucalyptus grandis.


Kyle Leeuwendaal: Improving specificity and throughput of diagnostic PCRs aimed at plant pathogens detection


Question Panel: Anien Viljoen and Frances Lane

 

2022-01-24 16:08:33 Symposium

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 Mentoring Program

Venue:

In early 2022 the WP 7.03.16 will host three symposia highlighting the work of graduate students in the disciplines of Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of forest insects. The first symposium will be focussed on the regions of Europe and Africa, the second on the regions of North and South / Central America, and the third on the regions of Asia and Oceania. The symposia will occur virtually and are open to everyone to attend; however, only students will present their work. Talks will be pre-recorded and submitted in advance of each symposia for judging. The top three from each region will be presented for a total of six student presentations per symposia. The best talk from each region (i.e., two will be selected from each symposia) will be recognized and our goal is to offer financial assistance to each winner to attend the IUFRO All-Division 7 meeting in 2022 in Portugal where the winners will present their talks in a symposium highlighting student research in the working party.

 

Please fill in the registration form on the left menu of this page if you are interested in joining the symposia as a viewer or a presenter. After registration you will be contacted by email with a link to attend each symposium.

  

24th of January 2022

Europe and Africa session

12.00 UTC

 

21st of February 2022

North, Central and South America

18.00 UTC

 

28th of March 2022

Asia and Oceania session

04.00 UTC

2022-01-24 08:30:28 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for Monday Morning Meeting, led by Prof Bernard Slippers.

2022-01-17 08:30:47 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for FABI's first Monday Morning Meeting for 2022 where Prof. Bernard Slippers will welcome everyone back for the new year.

2021-12-09 11:30:23 Special Seminar

Special Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar on 9 December at 11:30, where Prof Maes and a Postdoc in his group, Dr René Heim will be presenting the following talks:

Prof Wouter Maes: Thermal remote sensing for plant-water relations and stress detection in agriculture and ecology
Dr René Heim: Estimating leaf area index and chlorophyll using multi-angular UAV observations and radiative transfer modelling

2021-12-09 08:30:45 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Chair: Johannes Christoff Joubert


Anien Viljoen: Mitochondrial genome size diversity of Ceratocystidaceae species. 


Frances Lane: Progress on understanding unidirectional mating-type switching: a Ceratocystis albifundus case study.

 

Question Panel: Jade Ashmore, Hamish Craze and Lihan Esterhuizen

2021-12-06 08:30:36 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr. Neriman Yilmaz on 6 December at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Fantastic Mycotoxigenic Fungi and where to find them" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-12-02 08:30:30 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Chair: Mathew Harris


Jade Ashmore: Monitoring Gonipterus sp.2 egg development for CRISPR-Cas9 optimization.


Hamish Craze: The use of deep learning for identification of grey leaf spot in maize with mixed diseases under field conditions.


Lihan Esterhuizen: Molecular interactions between Teratosphaeria destructans and Eucalyptus: Proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in Eucalyptus as a defense response against leaf infection by T. destructans and evaluating the use of hyperspectral imaging to detect and quantify T. destructans infection.

 

Question Panel: Sinethemba Nkosi, Cassandra Schoeman and Harm Barten.

2021-11-30 14:00:35 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Agil Katumanyane's Prestige Seminar on Tuesday 30 November at 14h00. Her seminar, entitled "Entomopathogenic nematode interactions with white grubs from forest and sugarcane plantations", will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform.

2021-11-29 08:30:09 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr. Hiroyuki Suzuki on 29 November at 08h30. His presentation entitled "The first report of Cryphonectria canker on Corymbia henryi in South Africa" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-11-25 16:00:17 FABI Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue:

Please join us for the next FABI International Seminar on Thursday 25 November at 16:00 (GMT+2). Research Director Dr. Nicolas Langlade from the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), Division of Plant Biology and Breeding, France will present his talk entitled "Multi-scale modelling to predict and understand sunflower tolerance to abiotic stresses and uses of high-throughput phenotyping."

Click here for more information and to register (if you have not done so before).

2021-11-25 08:30:33 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Chair: Katlego Kopotso


Cassandra Schoeman: The Encephalartos natalensis-cyanobacterial coralloid root partnership for nitrogen acquisition

Harmen Barten: Evaluating the effect of genetic variation on fitness traits of the egg parasitoid Anaphes nitens

Sinethemba Nkosi: CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing towards resistance to the Banana bunchy top virus in banana

 

Question Panel: Uyabongeka Memela, Gabriel Chirunda and Phrasia Mapfumo

2021-11-22 08:30:31 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for Book Club Monday on 22 November at 08h30. Presentations of various and interesting books will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-11-18 08:30:34 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Chair: Ginna Granados


Gabriel Chirunda: The use of metabolomical analyses for fungal phytopathological diagnosis.


Phrasia Mapfumo: Assessing the effect of planting date and environmental conditions on sunflower development, Sclerotinia head rot incidences and yield.

Uyabongeka Memela: The physiological impact of heatwave conditions on anthesis and pollination on domesticated sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus L.)

Question Panel: Mabodiba Maake, Carla Buitendag and Tsakane Myambo

2021-11-17 16:00:10 SASSB Webinar series

SASSB 2021 Webinar series

Venue:

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for SASSB 2021 Webinar Series on Wednesday 17 November at 16:00 (GMT+2). 

The invited plenary speaker Dr. Philippe Lemey from the Rega Institute at KU Leuven, Belgium will be presenting. His talk entitled "Evolutionary origins of SARS-CoV-2 and tracking its spread using phylodynamic data integration” will be followed by the AGM.

 

Click here for more information (or to register if you have not done so before) for SASSB 2021 Webinar Series.

 

2021-11-15 08:30:25 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 15 November by Dr. David Read.  His presentation "Rebuilding plant virology capacity at FABI," will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-11-11 08:30:27 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Caitlin Gevers


Mabodiba Maake: Identification and characterization of Bradyrhizobium strains associated with Genisteae indigenous to South Africa.

Carla Buitendag: Control of grey leaf spot disease in maize using RNA interference.


Tsakane Miyambo: Investigating the genetic diversity, population structure and virulence of Rosellinia necatrix in South Africa.

Question Panel: Lazarus Mawima, Gerhard Botha and Shivan Bezuidenhout

2021-11-08 08:30:37 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for the Ethics, compliance and anti-fraud awareness training on Monday 8 November by Ms Olga Granova-Mooi. The training, will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-11-04 08:30:08 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Chair: Firehiwot Eshetu


Lazarus Mavima: The biology and evolution of South African Paraburkholderia species with agricultural potential


Gerhard Botha: Flower Blight in Macadamia Orchards in South Africa

 
Shivan Bezuidenhout: Characterisation of fungal diversity on South African soybeans

Question Panel: Ongeziwe Mbhele and Kevin Scheepers

2021-10-28 08:30:08 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Jane Chesergon


Ongeziwe Mbhele: Microsatellite-based clonality among isolates of Fusarium circinatum does not always extend to phenotype.


Kevin Scheepers: Effect of elevated CO2 concentrations on maize susceptibility to grey leaf spot (GLS) disease.

Question panel: Cheyenne Theron and Daniella Kramer

2021-10-25 08:30:35 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr. Quentin Santana on 25 October at 08h30. His presentation entitled "Getting ready for UAV based Remote Sensing" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-10-21 08:30:37 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Claudette Dewing


Cheyenne Theron: The species diversity of Lophodermium in the Southern Hemisphere.


Daniella Kramer: Hybridization between self-fertile species of Ceratocystis.

Question panel: Claire Randolph and Christopher Liakos

2021-10-18 08:30:43 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Luis Pertierra on 18 October at 08h30. His presentation entitled "Going brrrfoot: exploring spatial analyses in polar macroecology" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-10-14 08:30:45 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Felipe Balocchi


Claire Randolph: Population genetics of Fusarium euwallaceae in South Africa


Christopher Liakos: Bacterial microbiome of healthy and diseased storage onion bulbs from Washington State, USA

Question panel: Brenda Salasini and Dee Twiddy

2021-10-07 08:30:37 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Chair: Juanita Avontuur

Dee Twiddy: Characterization of husk rot causal agents of Macadamia in South Africa


Brenda Salasini: Is Fidelity a Strength? A case study to examine the role of RxLR effectors in delimiting host range of Phytophthora spp.

Question panel: Vinolia Danki and Elisa Pal

2021-10-04 08:30:37 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a Covid-19 related seminar on Monday 4 October by Dr. Veronica Ueckerman. Her presentation, will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-09-30 08:30:09 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Vinolia Danki: Understanding genomic regions associated with laccase expression in Ceratocystis albifundus with the aid of GWAS

Elisa Pal: Genetic diversity of the two-spotted stink bug Bathycoelia distincta (Pentatomidae) associated to macadamia orchards in South Africa

2021-09-27 08:30:37 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 27 September by Dr. Leti Kleyn.  Her presentation, "The invisible place: A journey in
documenting sense of place in the Tankwa Karoo" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-09-23 08:30:25 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

2021-09-20 08:30:55 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr. Godfrey Kgatle on 20 September at 08h30. His presentation entitled: "GRP Extension and Diagnostics: Which Isolates would you like to add to the grain research shopping cart? " will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-09-16 08:30:34 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Nam Pham: Eucalyptus scab and shoot malformation: A new and serious foliar disease of Eucalyptus caused by Elsinoe necatrix sp. nov.


Mmapaseka Malebe: Bacterial diversity of Acacia crassicarpa seeds using 16s rRNA gene community profiling.

2021-09-16 08:30:30 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Nam Pham


Mmapaseka (Charmaine) Malebe

2021-09-13 08:30:37 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 13 September by Dr. David Nsibo.  His presentation, entitled "Population genetics of foliar pathogens of maize and the future of food and agriculture" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-09-09 08:30:08 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Precious Sedibane:The antimicrobial activity of Pectobacterium brasilliense 1692  outer membrane vesicles in microbial interactions


Verushka Ibanez: Bacterial microbiome analysis of storage onions in Georgia, USA

2021-09-06 08:30:08 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 6 September by Dr. Fiona Mumoki.  Her presentation entitled "Reproductive parasitism by the laying workers of the Cape honey bee Apis mellifera capensis" , will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-09-03 10:00:56 SASSB Workshop

SASSB Workshop

Venue:

Workshop to be hosted by SASSB and FABI on the 3 Sept 2021, 10h00 – 13h00 SAST (UTC + 2): Biogeographic reconstruction using RevBayes. It will be presented by Dr. Isabel Sanmartin from the Royal Botanical Garden, CSIC, Madrid.

This workshop is aimed at postgraduate students and researchers interested in learning about model-based biogeography and the open software RevBayes, an R-like interactive environment for the modelling of evolutionary problems.

2021-09-02 16:00:29 SASSB 2021 Webinar series

SASSB 2021 Webinar series

Venue:

 

Please join us for the SASSB 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday 2 September at 16:00 (GMT+2).

The first talk will be by invited plenary speaker Dr. Isabel Sanmartin, Department of Plant Biodiversity and Conservation, Royal Botanical Garden, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. She will present her talk entitled "The Rand Flora Revisited: New approaches for bridging the micro and macroevolutionary levels in biogeography and evolution” followed by two presentations by:

Joanne Bentley - African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town: Lineage origin, historical migration patterns, and the contributions of geographic proximity and ecological filtering to dispersal in an African-centred paper daisy lineage.

Seth Musker - University of Bayreuth (linked to UCT): The genomics of dynamic diversification on a continental archipelago: the case of Erica abietina from the Cape Floristic Region: Or ‘What to call the things that I’m calling things’.

Click here for more information (or to register if you have not done so before) for SASSB 2021 Webinar Series.

2021-09-02 08:30:46 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Medha Sood: Carbon supply for normal xyloplast functioning in VND7- inducible Arabidopsis

Nomakula Zim: Towards understanding the pathogenicity of Xanthomonas vasicola

2021-08-30 08:30:35 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 30 August by Prof. Juan Vorster.  His presentation, will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-08-26 16:00:06 FABI Seminar Series

The FABI International Seminar Series

Venue:

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for the next FABI International Seminar Series presentation on Thursday 26 August at 16:00 (GMT+2). Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India, will present his talk entitled "Mucormycosis in India.”

Click here for more information (or to register if you have not done so before).

2021-08-26 08:30:26 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

 

Felipe Balocchi: Unravelling the fungal diversity associated to Pewenomyces canker disease of Araucaria in Chile.


Kristiann Labuschagne: Characterization of Bowman-Birk Inhibitors (BBIs) under drought, heat and salt stress in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana.

2021-08-19 08:30:10 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Anneri Lotter: Structural variation between Eucalyptus urophylla and E. grandis haplogenomes of an F1 hybrid.


Luki-Marie Scheepers: The wattle bagworm: the beginning of a pheromone study.

2021-08-16 08:30:52 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a 'two for the price of one' presentation by FABI Proff. Brenda Wingfield and Mike Wingfield on 16 August at 08h30. Their presentation, entitled "Quest for an enigmatic yeast: Lessons from the unexpected and driven by curiosity" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-08-12 08:30:30 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Ginna Granados: Epidemiology of Dothistroma septosporum on tropical Pinus tecunumanii LE in Colombia


Nomaswazi Maseko: Analysis of the regulatory regions of BUSCO genes from species in the Ceratocystidaceae family

2021-08-05 08:30:25 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminar

Venue:

Jane Ramaswe: Fitness-associated with the germination rate of different Fusarium circinatum strains

Trystan Nadasen: Functional analysis of the CzSn1 candidate effector and optimisation of the effectoromics pipeline for screening Cercospora zeina effectors

2021-08-03 15:00:12 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Yosef Hamba Tola's Prestige Seminar on Tuesday 3 August at 15h00. His seminar, entitled "Characterization of the honey bee and stingless bee gut microbiota: A hidden diversity and host-specific microbiomes from sub-Saharan-African region", will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform.

2021-07-29 08:30:33 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

 

Nicole van Vuuren: Fairy circles - Are the fungi relevant

Tshaimo Phakalatsane: Identification and characterization of mating type genes of Chrysoporthe zambiensis and Chrysoporthe syzygiicola

2021-07-26 08:30:25 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 26 July by Prof. Dave Berger.  His presentation, entitled "Artificial intelligence and the future of plant health monitoring" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-07-22 08:30:15 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

 
Idea Albertina Makowe: The Biology of Centrodora damoni (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae)

Lazarus Takawira: Cistrome analysis of selected MYB-family TFs in Eucalyptus and characterization of these transcriptional interactions

2021-07-19 08:30:49 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr. Katrin Fitza on 19 July at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "Diversity, specificity and co-evolution in the Sirex – Amylostereum – Deladenus symbiosis" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-07-15 08:30:50 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

 

Patience ModibaEnterobacter cloacae as an onion pathogen

Deborah Nahr Mensah: Non-ribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters and the architectures of NRPS-dependent siderophore synthetases in Armillaria species

2021-07-13 15:00:08 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Wilma Nel's Prestige seminar "Ambrosia beetles and their fungal mutualists from South Africa" on 13 July at 15h00 (GMT+2). 

2021-07-12 08:30:26 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 12 July by Dr. Anja Buttstedt.  Her presentation, will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-07-12 08:30:00 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar by Dr Anja Buttstedt on Monday 12 July at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Honey bees’ major royals" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-07-08 08:30:50 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

 

Mondli Xaba: Long read based de novo assembly of the Acacia mearnsii genome


Phinda Magagula: Elucidating the shift in rhizosphere microbial community of avocado trees infected with white root rot in search of potential biocontrol agents

2021-07-05 08:30:18 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr Janneke Aylward on 5 July at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Salvaging a genome from a contaminated sample," will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-07-01 08:30:17 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

 

Jane Chepergon: Identification and characterization of short linear motifs (SLiMs) in "Core" RxLR effector proteins of Phytophthora parasitica

Jenna-Lee Price: The fungal diversity and head rots associated with emerging maize farms in the Eastern Cape

 
2021-06-30 15:00:45 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue: Online platform

 

Please join us for Joséphine Queffelec's Prestige Seminar "Influence of reproductive biology on the invasive dynamics of Sirex noctilio" on 30 June at 15h00.

2021-06-28 08:30:40 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 28 June by Dr. Michal Gwizdala.  His presentation, entitled "What we learn when photosynthesis glows? An introduction to fluorescence measurements in photosynthesis research" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-06-24 08:30:29 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

Casey Gill: PacBio sequencing of the fungal communities associated with ambrosia beetles trapped during a survey in South African avocado orchards.

Claudette Dewing: Current insights into fungal diversity exploration: Can we study the hidden majority?

2021-06-21 08:30:25 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr Danielle Roodt on 21 June at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "Evo-devo of plant secondary growth traits in understudied land plant lineages" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-06-17 08:30:43 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:
 
Aaron Maringa: Investigating the adhesion of Phytophthora cinnamomi encysted zoospores during the infection of Persea americana.
 
Byron Sonnekus: Diversity of stink bugs in Macadamia orchards in South Africa
 

 

2021-06-14 08:30:27 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 14 June by the Director of FABI, Prof Bernard Slippers.  His presentation entitlted "Innovation requires mastery and diversity", will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-06-10 08:30:19 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

Angel Maduke: Keeping up with the Botryosphaeriaceas in the Macadamia canopy.

Alicia Fick: Putative avocado NLR gene expression in Phytophthora root rot resistant and susceptible avocado rootstocks.

2021-06-07 08:30:13 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr Stephanie van Wyk on 7 June at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Virtual applications and 4.0 technology fuelling advances in fungal genomics" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-06-03 08:30:49 Student Seminars

Thursday Morning Seminars

Venue:

Ipeleng Randome: A network-based lines of evidence pipeline for identification of novel wood formation regulators in Eucalyptus, and functional characterisation using hairy root transformation.

Christof Joubert: Tri-trophic Interactions of Gonipterus sp. n. 2

2021-05-31 08:30:46 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar on Monday 31 May by Prof Vinesh Maharaj.  His presentation, will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-05-24 08:30:34 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Postdoc Dr Raphael Ployet on Monday 24 May. His presentation entitled "Combining systems genetics and artificial intelligence to dissect the regulatory networks of wood formation in Eucalyptus", will follow the formal part of the MMM.

2021-05-10 08:30:07 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Desre Pinard entitled: Xyloplasts are specialized plastids in developing secondary xylem that manage carbon partitioning diurnally to ensure consistent secondary cell wall deposition. Her presentation will follow the formal part of the MMM. 

2021-05-05 08:52:18 Special Seminar

SASSB 2022 Webinar Series

Venue: Virtual event

WorkshopWe want to hear about your systematics research! The Southern African Society for Systematic Biology is hosting a webinar series to enable sharing of systematic research, both local and international, and to offer an online space for discussion about your systematic biology research, thoughts, & questions. The webinar will be a two-hour session on the First Thursday of the month at 16h00 SA Standard Time/Central Africa Time (UTC+02:00). The first half will be either recorded or live talks by an invited plenary speaker who will share their work on a specific theme, followed by a shorter talk within the same theme. After the talks and a Q&A session, the online space will be held open for 30 minutes for informal discussions and chats about the research presented, or other topics of interest to the systematics community.

 

For a line-up of speakers, you can also visit the SASSB website. Links will be distributed following registration, so be sure to sign up! Please contact Prof Fanus Venter if you have any questions.

 

SASSB Youtube channel: Click here

 

Previous events, themes and speakers

 

3 June 2021: Theme: Calibrating phylogenetic trees. invited speaker: Dr. Seraina Klopfstein. (Click here to view presentation)

1 July 2021: (Joint session with FABI international series). Theme: Fungal evolution. Invited speaker: Dr. David Hibbett. (Click here to view presentation)

5 August 2021: Theme: Systematics In Angiosperm Taxonomy and Evolution. Invited speaker: Dr. Sandra Knapp. (Click here to view presentation)

2 September 2021: Theme: Biogeography. Invited speaker: Dr. Isabel Sanmartin. (Click here to view presentation)

3 September 2021: Workshop on Bayesian methods in biogeography, presented by Dr. Isabel Sanmartin.

14 October 2021: Theme: Digital taxonomic data. Invited speaker: Donat Agosti, Plazi, Bern, Switzerland.

15 October 2021: Workshop on Data liberation from taxonomic literature using Plazi, presented by Marcus Guidoti, Carolina Socorowicz, and Donat Agosti

17 November 2021: (Join session with SASSB AGM). Theme Bayesian spatiotemporal reconstruction of SARS-CoV-2 spread. Invited speaker: Dr. Philippe Lemey, Rega Institute at KU Leuven, Belgium.

 

Scheduled events, themes and speakers

7 April 2022: Theme: Palaeosystematics Invited speaker: Prof. Jonah Choiniere

5 May 2022: Theme: Bacterial genomic diversity Invited speaker: Dr. Luis M. Rodriguez-R

2 June 2022: Theme: Plant Systematics and Evolution Invited speaker: Prof. Vinita Gowda

3 November 2022: Theme: The SeqCode, Invited speaker: Dr. Marike Palmer

 


Upcoming seminar: 3 November 2022 - Time: 16:00 (GMT+2)

Plenary speaker: Marike Palmer, School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Title: SeqCode: Empowering prokaryotic taxonomists to use resources that are appropriate for naming the organisms they study

 


2021-05-04 08:30:00 Meeting

The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB)

Venue: Future Africa Campus

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) has become one of the most important meetings relating to forest tree health in South Africa and globally. The 2021 TPCP/CPHB meeting will take place on the 4th of May. This event is open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other stakeholders in the TPCP and CPHB. Due to Covid-19 and its regulations, this event will take place virtually with a possibility that some form of hybrid interactions could be possible.

As has been the case in the past, the 32nd annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach.


Please note that the National Symposium on Biological Invasions 2021 organized by the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) in collaboration with Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will also happen virtually on the 5th and 6th of May. Should you are also interested in joining this event, please register here.

2021-05-01 08:58:55 Symposium

IUFRO Forest Health Webinar Series

Venue:

During October, November, and December, five webinars will be hosted, every two weeks, by various working parties of IUFRO Division 7, including one webinar co-organised by a working party in Division 2. The webinar series provides a platform for scientific exchange focussed on a wide variety of topics that are all relevant to forest health. Speakers presenting in the webinars include established scientists as well as graduate students and early-career researchers and there will be an opportunity for discussion following the presentations.  The start time for each webinar differs to accommodate the organisers and speakers from different countries. All webinars will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for later viewing. All researchers are encouraged to participate in the webinar series and registration is required to access the Zoom Link. Further information on timing, topics, and speakers is provided below. We look forward to engaging with you on this platform.

For more information on IUFRO Division 7- Forest Health: (https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/)

Please contact Irene Barnes (irene.barnes@fabi.up.ac.za) if you have any questions.

 

Webinar 1: Tree resistance to diseases and pests – Interaction with and facilitation by the microbiome

Date: 13th October 2021

Time: 16:00 Johannesburg (14:00 UTC)

Format: 90 minutes with 3 speakers (20 min each) and 30 mins of a final panel discussion

Speakers: 

  1. Kathrin Blumenstein (University of Göttingen, Germany): Diplodia Tip Blight outbreak in Scots pine - influences of the mycobiome and abiotic factors.
  2. George Newcombe (University of Idaho, USA): Pathogens in the trillion-tree era.
  3. Steve Wakelin (Scion, New Zealand): Pinus radiata: a model tree-microbiome system for a rapidly changing world.
  4. General discussion (30 min)

Organizers: WP 7.03.11 and WP 2.02.15; Caterina Villari (University of Georgia, US), Richard Sniezko (USDA FS, USA) and Dana Nelson (USDA FS, USA). 

Contact: Caterina Villari (cvillari@uga.edu) and Richard Sniezko (richard.sniezko@usda.gov)

YouTube link for Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEjnvqpxk8g 

 

Webinar 2: Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere commercial plantations

Date: 27th October, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Johannesburg (10:00 UTC)

Format: 75 minutes with 4 speakers (12 min each) and 20 mins of a final panel discussion

Speakers: 

  1. Angus Carnegie (NSW DPI, Australia): Impact of bushfires on pine plantations and subsequent salvage operations.
  2. Brett Hurley (FABI, South Africa): Development of a coordinated forest pest surveillance strategy in South Africa.
  3. Marthin Tarigan (APRIL, Indonesia): Management of insects and pathogens in the large Acacia (Fabaceae) and Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) commercial nurseries in Sumatra, Indonesia.
  4. Rafaela Pavani (IBA, Brazil): One health for a changing world.
  5. General discussion (20 min)

Organizers:  WP 7.02.13 Stuart Fraser (Scion, NZ), Angus Carnegie (NSW DPI, Australia), Carlos Perez (Universidad de la Republica Uruguay, Uruguay), Rodrigo Ahumada (Arauco, Chile) 

Contact: Stuart Fraser (Stuart.Fraser@scionresearch.com)

YouTube link for Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfHT2P5POBY

 

Webinar 3: Molecular tools for the advancement of research on Vascular Wilt Pathogens

Date: 10th November 2021

Time: 16:00 Johannesburg (14:00 UTC)

Format: 90 minutes with 4 speakers and 20 mins of a final panel discussion

Speakers: 

  1. Welcome and general introduction to session: Irene Barnes (FABI, South Africa) 
  2. Nicola Luchi (CNR, Italy): Advanced methods for diagnosis of invasive forest pathogens with a particular focus on Ceratocystis platani. 
  3. Frances Lane (FABI, South Africa): Transformation systems for the Ceratocystidaceae. 
  4. Thais Campos de Oliveira (Laval University, Canada): Functional analyses Elm-Ophiostoma interactions.
  5. Marc Hughes (University of Hawaii): Diagnosing and managing Rapid Ohia Death, an emerging threat to native Metrosideros sp. of the Pacific. 
  6. General discussion 

Organizers:  WP 7.02.03 Alberto Santini (IPSP, CNR, Italy), Irene Barnes (FABI, South Africa), Louis Bernier (Laval University, Canada)

Contact: Irene Barnes (Irene.barnes@fabi.up.ac.za)

YouTube link for Webinar:https://youtu.be/UdVqZt8zWjc

 

Webinar 4: Collaborative approaches to global tree health challenges

Date:  24 November 2021

Time: 10:00 Johannesburg (08:00 UTC)

Format: 70 minutes with 3 speakers  and discussion

Speakers:

  1. Welcome and general introduction to the session: Mariella Marzano (FR, UK)
  2. Alice Goodenough (CCRI, UK): The Future of UK Treescapes research programme: interdisciplinary approaches for resilience.
  3. Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Te Tira Whakamātaki): Oranga (wellbeing): an Indigenous forest health research programme utilising mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).
  4. Peter Crow (FR, UK): Sustainable citizen science engagement: Lessons learned after eight years of the Observatree project.
  5. General discussion

Organisers: WP 7.03.15 Mariella Marzano (Forest Research, UK), Robert Haight (USFS, USA), Tom Holmes (USFS, USA), E. Carina H. Keskitalo (Umea University, Sweden), Julie Urquhart (CCRI, UK)

Contact: Mariella Marzano (mariella.marzano@forestresearch.gov.uk)

YouTube link for Webinar:https://youtu.be/xQ48y9UryxQ

 

Webinar 5: Updating information on forest diseases and insect pests in the tropics

Date: 8th December 2021

Time: 08:00 Johannesburg (06:00 UTC, 02:00 EDT)

Format: 90 minutes with 4 speakers (15 min each)

Speakers: 

  1. Welcome and general introduction to session: Sri Rahayu (Fac. Of Forestry Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia).  
  2. Carlos A Rodas (Colombia): Forest pest and disease information update in Colombia. 
  3. Abdul Ghafur and Noor Farikhah Haneda: Forest pest and disease information update in Indonesia.
  4. Pham Quang Thu (Vietnam): Forest pest and disease information update in Vietnam.
  5. Arthur Chung and Farid Ahmad (Malaysia): Forest pest and disease information update in Malaysia.  
  6. General discussion 

Organizers: WP 7.02.07 Sri Rahayu (Gadja Mada University, Indonesia), Paul Bosu (CSIR, Ghana), Carlos Rodas (Smurfit Kappa, Columbia)

Contact: Sri Rahayu (sri.rahayu2013@ugm.ac.id)

YouTube link for Webinar: https://youtu.be/VbIeOo5A7kI

2021-04-19 08:30:34 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

University of Pretoria Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Education, Prof. Vinesh Maharaj will be the guest speaker at the FABI Monday Morning Meeting on Monday 19 April.

2021-04-12 08:30:03 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for a seminar by FABI Postdoc Dr Arista Fourie on Monday 12 April. Her presentation, entitled "It takes "guts" to understand stink bugs" will follow the formal part of the MMM.

2021-04-01 18:00:15 IUFRO Seminar Series

IUFRO Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 webinar series

Please join us for the next seminar of the seminar series "Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects".

This session will take place on April 1 at 18:00 (GMT+2). The focus of this webinar is "Chemical ecology of Ips typographus-Norway Spruce Interactions". The three speakers invited for this session are Sigrid Netherer from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Anna Jirosová from the Czech University of Life Sciences and Raimund Nagel from Universität Leipzig.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar series.

2021-03-29 08:30:10 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for a Postdoc seminar on Monday 29 March by Dr Velushka Swart entitled: Unraveling avocado defense: The role of callose in Phytophthora root rot resistance. Her presentation will follow the formal part of the MMM.

2021-03-25 08:30:57 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Pfano Mbedzi: Literature review: insights into the African maize stalk borer, Busseola fusca, impact and management of pest resistance on maize.
Ruby Ebbeling: Precision phenotyping of Pinus for resistance against Fusarium circinatum.
2021-03-18 18:00:44 IUFRO Seminar Series

IUFRO Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 webinar series

Please join us for the next seminar of the seminar series "Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects".

This session will take place on March 18 at 18:00 (GMT+2). The focus of this webinar is "Behavioral and Invasion Ecology of Hylurgus ligniperda". The four speakers invited for this session are Ecki Brockerhoff from the Swiss Federal Research Institute, Nicolas Meurisse from Scion, Kevin Chase from the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory and Lea Bischofberger from ETH Zurich.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar series.

2021-03-18 08:30:16 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Minette Havenga: Subjecting Teratosphaeria destructans to a nitrogen-starved environment increases expression of pathogenicity genes.
Erika Botha: Efficacy and mode-of-action of biocontrol agents in suppressing Plasmodiophora brassicae on cabbage and Spongospora subterranea f.sp. supterranea on potatoes in South Africa.
2021-03-15 08:30:52 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Postdoc Dr Robert Backer. His presentation, entitled "Development of a high-quality, chromosome-level Avocado Reference Genome - An update from the the Avocado Genome Consortium," will follow the formal part of the MMM. 

2021-03-11 08:30:26 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Boitshoko Rammuki: The world of RNA interference in Fusarium species.
Knowledge Mushonga: A maize uniformity trial study for baseline soil and plant health studies in a dryland system in South Africa.
2021-03-04 18:00:52 IUFRO Seminar Series

IUFRO Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

UFRO Working Party 7.03.16 webinar series

Please join us for the next seminar of the seminar series "Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects".

This session will take place on 4 March at 18h00 (GMT+2). The title of this webinar is "Climate change and bark beetles: Impact on behavior at individual and population levels". The four speakers invited for this session are Barbara Bentz from the USDA Forest Service, Allan Carroll from the University of British Columbia, Jeff Garnas from the University of New Hampshire and Richard Hofstetter from Northern Arizona University.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar series.

2021-03-04 08:30:24 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Hlahane Pule: Microbiome composition of Trifolium repens and T. rubens.
Hannes Strydom: Modelling the population dynamics of CRISPR-Cas9 in Sirex noctilio: title pending.
2021-02-25 08:30:02 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry: A Genome-Wide Association approach to identify genes associated with growth and virulence in Fusarium circinatum.
Valencia Magoshoa: Predictive models for disease resistance.
2021-02-22 08:30:55 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by UP library liaison officer to FABI, Rianie van der Linde on Monday 22 February. Her presentation "Library offerings to FABI researchers" will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-02-18 18:00:18 IUFRO Seminar Series

IUFRO Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 webinar series

Please join us for the next seminar of the seminar series "Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects".

This session will take place on 18 February at 18h00 (GMT+2). The webinar will focus on the orientation behavior of forest insects. The three speakers invited for this session are Ring Carde from the University of California-Riverside, Harold Thistle from the USDA Forest Service and Jeremy Allison from Natural Resources Canada.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar series.

2021-02-18 08:30:37 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Frances Lane: The mysteries of the mating-type locus: an investigation of unidirectional mating-type switching.
Myriam Solis: Anatomical and molecular characterization of the interaction between Eucalyptus spp. and Teratosphaeria destructans.
2021-02-15 08:30:57 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Andi Wilson on Monday 15 February at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "The birds and the bees... But the fungi too" will follow the formal part of MMM.

2021-02-11 08:30:53 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Lente van Zyl: Variation in the production of defensive metabolites in Pinus patula and P. tecumanii hybrids, and their potential impact on susceptibility to Fusarium circinatum infection.
Anien Viljoen: Genomic landscape of speciation in fungi: Insights from population genomic analysis of Ceratocystis fimbriata sensu lato complex
2021-02-04 08:30:03 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform
Rosa Knopperson: The role of insect gut microbial communities in overcoming plant chemical defenses by the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus sp. n. 2.
Harmen Barten: Identifying factors influencing the efficacy of biocontrol of the Eucalyptus snout beetle by its parasitoid Anaphes nitens.
2021-02-01 14:30:13 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for the Prestige Seminar of Ntombikayise Nkomo on 1 February at 14h30 on the Zoom platform. 

Her presentation is entitled "The use of transcriptome and functional analysis to unravel the role played by PhoP and SlyA in the biology of Pectobacterium brasiliense1692".

2021-02-01 08:30:45 PostDoc Seminars

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue: Online platform

FABI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Gabrielle Carstensen will present a seminar entitled "The importance of mental health and tips to deal with COVID-19 in 2021" on Monday 1 February at 08h30. This presentation will follow the formal part of the Monday Morning Meeting.

2021-01-28 16:00:29 FABI International Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by Prof. Sarah De Saeger from the Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology and Public Health at Ghent University, Belgium on 28 January at 16h00 (GMT+2). The title of her talk is "Mycotoxins, an important threat to human health?".

Click here for more information or to register (if you had not done so previously). 

2021-01-28 08:30:50 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platfrom
Phrasia Mapfumo: The effect of planting date and environmental conditions on sunflower development, yield and Sclerotinia head rot incidence.
Cassandra Schoeman: Anatomical and expression analyses of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria symbioses in the vascular hosts.
2021-01-21 18:00:16 IUFRO Seminar Series

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 & 7.03.05 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects

Venue: Online platform

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 & 7.03.05 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects.

January 21 - Plant Defense and Biotic and Abiotic Stressors

Nadir Erbilgin, University of Alberta

18:00 - 18:15 Introduction by seminar leader

18:15 - 18:30 "Identifying anatomical and chemical defense fingerprints in Alberta lodgepole pine against mountain pine beetle" by Jennifer Klutsch, University of Alberta

18:30 - 18:45 "Presumed resistant: using current constitutive chemistry to predict historic resistance to insect outbreak" by Ken Keefover-Ring, University of Wisconsin-Madison

18:45 - 19:00 "Stress promotes access to alternate hosts for emerald ash borer" by Don Cipollini, Wright State University

19:00 - 19:30 Open discussion

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEMINAR START TIME IS 16:00 UTC

Please click here for more information and to register for this event. 

2021-01-20 10:00:13 SASPP Conference 2021

SASPP Conference 2021

Venue: Future Africa and Online Platform

FABI will host the 52nd Southern African Society for Plant Pathology Conference as a virtual event from Future Africa on 20 January, starting at 10h00 (GMT+2). Presentations will be streamed via a virtual platform but FABIans are encouraged to attend in person although COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed. The External Stakeholder Advisory Board meeting will follow this event.

Provisional Programme:

10:00 Welcome on behalf of the organisers and SASPP: Prof. Wijnand Swart (SASPP President) and Prof. Bernard Slippers (organisers)
10:20 Keynote Speaker: Prof. Sophien Kamoun
11:00 Break
11:15 Four presentations from postdoctoral Fellows and PhD students (selected from submitted publications that appeared in 2020) (15 minutes each)
12:15 Break
12:30 TWo presentations from postdoctoral Fellows and PhD students (selected from submitted publications that appeared in 2020) (15 minutes each)
13:00 Presentation on the History of Plant Pathology in South Africa and launch of the SASPP History Book: Prof. Teresa Coutinho (editor)
13:15 Presentation of the South African Journal of Science Special Issue: Prof Jane Carruthers (Editor in Chief of SAJSci) 
13:30 Thanks and conclusion
2021-01-20 08:31:32 Meeting

SASPP 2021 Online Meeting

Venue:

Dear SASPP Colleagues

Due to Covid-19 situation, our in-person biennial congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology will be postponed to January 2022, but we will have an online event on 20 January 2021 to celebrate the IYPH2020, and to reconnect as a Society after this very disruptive year.

The meeting will be a hybrid in-person and online event. We intend to have a few people in person at Future Africa, while accommodating the majority of members online.

Apart from a keynote speaker which will be Prof Sophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, United Kingdom), we will also have six talks from Postdoctoral fellows or PhD students on work published in 2020.

During this event, we will also celebrate the launch of the special issue on plant health of SAJSci and a book on the history of Plant Pathology and the announcement of the Mildenhall Award.

If you wish to attend this event, please fill in the registration from accessible via the left panel of this page. A small in-person group will be possible on the day at Future Africa Campus, the Innovation Africa, University of Pretoria. If you are considering joining us in person, please indicate this in the registration form.


The program will be as follows: 

10:00 Welcome on behalf of the organisers and SASPP:  Prof Wijnand Swart (SASPP President) and Prof Bernard Slippers (organisers)
10:20 Keynote Speaker: Prof Sophien Kamoun: Open science in the age of pandemics
11:00 Break
11:15 Megan du Toit (Stellenbosch University): Quantitative detection of economically important Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense strains in Africa in plants, soil and water
11:30 Kira M. T. Lynn (University of Pretoria): Novel Fusarium mutualists of two Euwallacea species infesting Acacia crassicarpa in Indonesia
11:45 Patience Chatukuta (University of the Witwatersrand): A Cassava protoplast system for screening genes associated with the response to South African Cassava Mosaic Virus
12:00 Minette Havenga (University of Pretoria; Stellenbosch University): Reproductive biology of a globally important Eucalyptus foliar pathogen
12:15 Break
12:30 Jan H. Nagel (University of Pretoria):  Highly transferable microsatellite markers for the genera Lasiodiplodia and Neofusicoccum
12:45 Lisa Rothmann (University of the Free State): The role of reproducible research tools in quantifying a decade-long survey of Sclerotinia disease prevalence, in South Africa
13:00 Presentation on the History of Plant Pathology in South Africa and launch of the SASPP History Book: Prof Teresa Coutinho (editor)
13:15 Presentation of the South African Journal of Science Special Issue: Prof Jane Caruthers (Editor in Chief of SAJSci)
13:30 Thanks and conclusion 


2021-01-17 20:00:00 Workshop

52nd Southern African Society for Plant Pathology Conference

Venue: Future Africa, Pretoria

Contact: Bernard Slippers; bernard.slippers@fabi.up.ac.za

2021-01-11 08:30:35 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us for FABI's first Monday Morning Meeting for 2021 where Prof. Bernard Slippers will welcome everyone back for the new year.

2020-12-03 08:30:10 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Lazarus Mavima: The biology and evolution of South African Paraburkholderia species with agricultural potential

Uyabongeka Memela: The physiological impact of heat wave conditions on anthesis and pollination in domesticated sunflowers.

2020-12-01 13:30:29 Seminar Series

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 & 7.03.05 – Seminar Series on “Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects"

Venue: Virtual event

Following the launch of the IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 in 2020, a webinar series was organized to promote the new working party and to highlight research focused on the behavioral and chemical ecology of forest insects. Following the success of that webinar series, the Working Parties 7.03.16 and 7.03.05 have collaborated to develop a webinar series on the “Behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects”. The webinar series is co-hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, the Institute for Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, BOKU, the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay and the Canadian Forest Service.  This series consists of six webinars, each with a brief introduction to the subject and 2-3 research talks and will cover a wide range of topics related to the behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects. These virtual seminars are open to all registered participants.

Please fill in the registration form on the left menu of this page if you are interested in attending any of the seminars (please see the list of seminars, speakers and dates in the drop down menu on the left).  After registration you will be contacted by email with a link to attend the seminars. If you wish to contribute to future webinars series please contact the coordinators of this Working Party (Drs. Jeremy Allison, Sigrid Netherer and Andres Gonzalez).

 

All the talks are available for you to watch on Youtube.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEMINAR START TIME IS 16:00 UTC

 

January 21 - Plant Defense and Biotic and Abiotic Stressors

Nadir Erbilgin, University of Alberta

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction by seminar leader

16:15 - 16:30 "Identifying anatomical and chemical defense fingerprints in Alberta lodgepole pine against mountain pine beetle" by Jennifer Klutsch, University of Alberta

16:30 - 16:45 "Presumed resistant: using current constitutive chemistry to predict historic resistance to insect outbreak" by Ken Keefover-Ring, University of Wisconsin-Madison

16:45 - 17:00 "Stress promotes access to alternate hosts for emerald ash borer" by Don Cipollini, Wright State University

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

 

February 04 - Visual Ecology of Forest Beetles

Johannes Spaethe, University of Wurzburg

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction by seminar leader

16:15 - 16:30 "Color and vision in Buprestidae: Blind to blue but with genetic work-arounds" by Nathan Lord, Louisiana State University

16:30 - 16:45 "Visual Responses of Male Agrilus spp. to Female Decoys Emitting Different Structural "Colors" and Light Strands" by Tom Baker, Pennsylvania State University

16:45 - 17:00 "Exploitation of the Visual Ecology of Woodboring Beetles for Survey and Detection" by Davide Rassati, University of Padova

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

 

February 18 – Finding a point source of odor in a turbulent world:  an overview of mechanisms and constraints

Ring Carde, University of California-Riverside

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction by seminar leader

16:15 - 16:30 "Gaseous Plumes in Forest Canopies: Concepts of Structure and Scale" by Harold Thistle, USDA Forest Service

16:30 - 16:45 "Using pheromone traps for surveillance of invasive moths: effects of ranging flight, distance of attraction, and efficiency of trap capture on detection" by Ring Carde, University of California-Riverside

16:45 - 17:00 "Beyond origami: Understanding mechanisms of differential trap performance to improve trap designs for forest Coleoptera" by Jeremy Allison, Natural resources Canada

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

 

March 04 - Climate Change Effects on Bark Beetle Range Expansion, Community Associates and Outbreak Dynamics

Barbara Bentz, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction by seminar leader

16:15 - 16:30 "Endemic niche requirements limit persistence potential of an eruptive herbivore in novel habitats: the fate of invasive mountain pine beetle in the western boreal forest." by Allan Carroll, University of British Columbia

16:30 - 16:45 "Comparing communities of the “not-so-Southern pine beetle” (Dendroctonus frontalis) between its historical and advancing northern range" by Jeff Garnas, University of New Hampshire

16:45 - 17:00 "Effects of climate on ectosymbiotic community dynamics associated with bark and ambrosia beetles" by Richard Hofstetter, Northern Arizona University

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

 

March 18 - Behavioural and Invasion Ecology of Hylurgus ligniperda

Ecki Brockerhoff, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction by seminar leader

16:15 - 16:30 "Dispersal of H. ligniperda: Evidence from release-recapture experiments" by Nicolas Meurisse, Scion

16:30 - 16:45 "Allee effects in invasions of H. ligniperda" by Kevin Chase, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory

16:45 - 17:00 "Population genetic evidence of invasion routes of H. ligniperda" by Lea Bischofberger, ETH Zurich.

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

 

April 01 -Chemical Ecology of Ips typographus – Norway spruce Interactions

Sigrid Netherer, University of Vienna

16:00 - 16:10 Introduction by seminar leader

16:10 - 16:35 "Norway spruce vulnerability for bark beetle attack under abiotic stress conditions" by Anna Jirosová, Czech University of Life Sciences

16:35 - 17:00 "Does bark beetle attack history change the induction of terpene and phenolic defenses in mature Norway spruce?" by Raimund Nagel, University of Leipzig

17:00 - 17:30 Open discussion

2020-11-30 08:30:40 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

Please join us at the final Monday Morning Meeting for 2020. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof. Tuwana Kupe will be our special guest speaker. 

2020-11-26 16:00:08 Symposium

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for an online seminar by Prof. Eva H. Stukenbrock, Max Planck Fellow and Professor at Kiel University, Germany, on Thursday 26 November at 16h00 (GMT+2). The title of her presentation is "Interspecific hybridization in fungal grass pathogens shape genome-wide variation."

Please click here for more information or to register for this free seminar.

2020-11-26 08:30:43 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Mabodiba Maake: The diversity of nodulating Bradyrhizobium strains  from Genisteae along the Great Escarpment.

Leandri Klynsmith: Transcriptome profiling of chemosensory genes in Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae).

2020-11-23 08:30:39 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr FeiFei Liu on 23 November at 08h30. Her presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-11-19 08:30:25 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Shae Swanepoel: The molecular dialogue between Eucalyptus grandis and the myrtle rust pathogen, Austropuccinia psidii.

Caitlin GeversLeptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and the gall community in South Africa: an examination of the distribution, diversity, prevalence and host preference.

2020-11-16 08:30:45 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI’s Prof. Juan Vorster on 16 November at 08h30. His presentation about the South African Herbicide Resistance Initiative (SARHI), will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-11-12 15:30:03 Symposium

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for the fifth IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects online seminar at 15h30 (GMT+2) on Thursday 12 November, starting at 15h30 (GMT+2). Attendance of this virtual seminar series is free but you are requested to register by clicking here if you have not yet done so before.

Behavioural and chemical ecology of Sirex noctilio. Prof. Bernard Slippers, FABI, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

15:30 - 15:40 Introduction by seminar leader

15:40 - 16:05 Body size, behaviour and sensory ecology of Sirex noctilio populations in Patagonia. Juan C. Corley. Institute of Forest and Agricultural Research, INTA-CONICET, Argentina

16:05 - 16:30 Reproductive biology of Sirex noctilio: Filling the gaps in chemical, visual and behavioural ecology. Quentin Guignard and Josephine Quefflelec – FABI, South Africa

16:30 - 17:00 Open discussion

2020-11-12 08:30:42 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Louisa Terblanche: The evolution of Endopolygalacturonases in Armillaria species.

Sasha-Lee Gush: Disentangling shifts in the rhizosphere microbiome of potatoes infected with Rhizoctonia solani in two contrasting regions in South Africa.

2020-11-09 08:30:10 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Michelle Schröder on 9 November at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Biological control of Gonipterus sp. n. 2." will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-11-05 08:30:49 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Kira Lynn: Ceratocystidaceae on the move: Literature review

Kevin Scheepers: Effect of elevated CO2 concentrations on maize susceptibility to grey leaf spot (GLS) disease.

2020-11-02 08:30:37 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platfrom

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Robert Mangani on 2 November at 08h30. His presentation, entitled "Assessing the effects of planting dates and environmental change on maize (Zea mays L.) production in South Africa" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-10-29 15:30:46 Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for the fifth IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects online seminar at 15h30 on Thursday 29 October starting at 15h30 (GMT+2). Attendance of this virtual seminar series is free but you are requested to register by clicking here if you have not yet done so before.

Chemically mediated plant-herbivore-microbe interactions in forests. Almuth Hammerbacher, University of Pretoria, South Africa

15:30 - 15:40 Introduction by seminar leader

15:40 - 16:05 Host tree terpenes mediate interactions between the European spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus and its fungal symbionts. Dineshkumar Kandasamy, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany

16:05 - 16:30 Tripartite interactions in poplar trees: herbivores feed on plant-pathogenic fungi for their own benefit. Franziska Eberl, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany

16:30 – 17:00 Open discussion

2020-10-29 14:00:09 FABI International Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for an online seminar by Dr Robert Waterhouse, Assistant Professor and SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Group Leader at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday 29 October at 14h00 (GMT+2). The title of his presentation is "Evolutionary genomics of arthropods impacting plant health."

Please click here for more information or to register for this free seminar.

2020-10-29 08:30:07 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Virtual platform

Nganea Nangammbi: Functional characterisation of Xylan-associated genes in Arabidopsis and application of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in hybrid poplar.

Melissa Joubert: Avocado sunblotch viroid: An industry collaboration.

2020-10-26 09:30:06 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Gabrielle Carstensen on 26 October at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Improving the current screening protocol used in a nursery in Brazil to detect Ralstonia species from environmental samples" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-10-22 08:30:31 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Virtual platform

Ingrid Marais: External RNA interference against the fungus Cercospora zeina.

Demissew Teshome: The threat of the combined effect of biotic and abiotic stress factors in forestry under a changing climate.

2020-10-19 08:30:49 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Arista Fourie on 19 October at 08h30. Her presentation, entitled "Investigations of the gut content of the two spotted stink bug" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-10-15 15:30:33 Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for the third IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects online seminar at 15h30 on Thursday 15 October starting at 15h30 (GMT+2). Attendance of this virtual seminar series is free but you are requested to register by clicking here if you have not yet done so before.

Predator-prey and host-parasitoid interactions

Manuela Branco, University of Lisbon, Forest Research Center, Portugal

15:30 - 13:40 Introduction by seminar leader

15:40 - 16:05 Specializing on the few or embracing the many - contrasting issues for bark beetle predators. Jean-Claude Grégoire, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

16:05 - 16:30 Infochemical detour: parasitoids tracking host by proxy. Sofia Branco, University of Lisbon, Forest Research Center, Portugal

16:30 – 17:00 Open discussion

2020-10-15 08:30:02 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Daniella Krämer: Hybridization within species of Ceratocystis.

Modjadji Makwela: Mycorrhizal diversity associated with endemic and endangered South African orchids of the genus, Habenaria.

2020-10-12 08:30:19 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Hiroyuki Suzuki on 12 October at 08h30. His presentation, entitled "Genetic diversity and population structure of Chrysoporthe deuterocubensis in South East Asia" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-10-08 08:30:08 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Cheyenne Theron: Determining the causal agents of emerging pine needle diseases in Colombia.

Juanita Engelbrecht: Population analysis of Phytophthora cinnamomi in South Africa reveal three lineages and movement between natural vegetation and avocado plantations.

2020-10-05 08:30:03 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online Platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI’s Dr Nicky Creux on 5 October at 08h30. Her presentation entitled "Plant and flower microclimates co-ordinate plant development and plant-pollinator/pathogen interactions" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-10-01 16:00:53 FABI International Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for an online seminar by Prof. Katherine Denby from the University of York on Thursday 1 October at 16h00 (GMT+2). The title of her presentation is "A systems approach to disease resistance against necrotrophic fungal pathogens". This is the fifth presentation in the FABI International Seminar Series. Attendance is free but please register by clicking here, if you have not done so before. 

2020-10-01 15:30:43 Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology

Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

Venue: Online platfrom

Please join us for the second IUFRO Working Party 7.03.16 – Seminar Series on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects online seminar at 15h30 on Thursday 1 October starting at 15h30 (GMT+2). Attendance of this virtual seminar series is free but you are requested to register by clicking here if you have not yet done so before.

Ecology of bark and ambrosia beetle fungus symbioses

Peter H.W. Biedermann, University of Freiburg, Germany

15:30 - 13:50 Evolutionary ecology of insect-fungus mutualisms. Peter H.W. Biedermann

15:50 - 16:10 The role of ethanol for the fungal symbionts of bark and ambrosia beetles. Maximilian Lehenberger, University of Freiburg, Germany

16:10 - 16:30 Ips typographus and its fungal symbionts on native and non-native hosts. Sifat Munim Tanin, University of Freiburg, Germany

16:30 - 17:00 Open discussion

2020-10-01 08:30:18 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Robert Jansen van Vuuren: The role of the kauralexin biosynthetic pathway in maize defences against the fall armyworm.

Christopher Liakos: Bacterial community analysis of healthy and diseased onion bulbs after storage in the Columbia Basin of Washington State, USA.

2020-09-28 08:30:31 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Nicholas Kagimu on 28 September at 08h30. His presentation, entitled 'Nematodes, the good, the bad and the ugly: Nematodes in nature are a solution to the World's problems' will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-09-21 08:30:44 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI Prof. Dave Berger on 21 September at 08h30. His presentation, entitled "The a-MAIZE-ing race: Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions research programme" will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-09-17 08:30:09 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platform

Claire Randolph: Population genetics of the primary fungal symbiont of the polyphagous shothole borer in South Africa.

Raven Wienk: Avocado population study and the quantification of Fusarium euwallaceae; a cultivar threat.

2020-09-14 08:30:43 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral research Fellow Dr Neriman Yilmaz on 14 September at 08h30. Her presentation is entitled "Addressing the taxomic issues in Fusarium fujikori species complex" and will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-09-10 08:30:59 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online platfrom

Elisa Pal: Hey bug, you stink!

Verushka Ibanez: An exploratory bioinformatic analysis of the microbial community associated with healthy and diseased storage onion bulbs.

2020-09-07 16:00:00 Workshop

International Society of Chemical Ecology

Venue: Stellenbosch

Contact:

Jeremy Allison, jeremy.allison@canada.ca

Almuth Hammerbacher, almuth.hammerbacher@fabi.up.ac.za

Bernard Slippers, bernard.slippers@fabi.up.ac.za

 

 

2020-09-07 15:30:54 Satellite Labs Launch

Satellite Labs Launch

Venue: Online event

Please join us for the online launch of two new Satellite Labs - Artificial Intelligence in Farming and Remote Sensing of Plant Health - in FABI on 7 September at 15h30.

2020-09-07 08:30:49 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Janneke Aylward on 7 September at 08h30.

Her presentation, entitled "A story about Teratosphaeria pathogens told by comparative genomics," will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-09-07 08:30:22 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Janneke Aylward on 7 September at 08h30. Her presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-09-03 08:30:40 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Vinolia Danki: Using GWAS approach to identify genomic regions associated with laccase production in Ceratocystis albifundus.

Sthembiso Mngadi: Characterisation of a novel accessory chromosome within the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.

2020-08-31 08:30:46 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online presentation

Please join us for a presentation on the research work being done in the social insects group by senior lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, Dr Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed on 31 August at 08h30. His presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-08-27 16:00:08 International Seminar

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Virtual platform

Please join us for an online seminar by Dr Marie-Agnès Jacques on Thursday 27 August at 16h00 (GMT+2).

Title: Addressing the threat posed by Xylella fastidiosato the agriculture and the environment.

Please register your attendance by clicking here if you have not already registered before.

The FABI International Seminar Series is a new online seminar series providing an opportunity for our research community to discuss a wide range of topics related to plant health. Our monthly virtual seminars are open to all registered participants ensuring a wide audience.

2020-08-27 08:30:32 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Medha Sood: Carbon supply for normal xyloplast functioning during secondary cell wall formation in VND7-inducible Arabidopsis.

Lizzy Ramela: Taxonomy and diversity of rhizobial species associated with non-native legumes in South Africa.

2020-08-24 08:30:21 Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue: Online presentation

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Arista Fourie. Her presentation will follow the end of the Monday Morning Meeting. 

Title to be advised.

2020-08-21 14:00:40 Grain Research Programme Launch

Grain Research Programme Launch

Venue: Online platform

Please join us for the launch of the Grain Research Programme at FABI at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with various stakeholders in Industry, Government and other Universities on 21 August at 14h00.

Where: Zoom online meeting (Register by clicking here)

When: 21 August, 14h00-16h00 (GMT+2)

Program

1.     Opening & welcome

2.     Partnerships between Industry-Government-Universities in developing the GRP

3.     CPHB & FABI base for developing the GRP

4.     Innovation Africa @UP in support of the GRP

5.     A multi-university partnership

6.     Industry & Government perspectives on development of the GRP

7.     Disease diagnostic services

8.     An overview of current research projects

9.     Closing 

 

2020-08-21 14:00:00 Launch of the Grain Research Programme at FABI

The launch of the Grain Research Programme at FABI

Venue: Online

Please join us for the launch of the Grain Research Programme at FABI at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with various stakeholders in Industry, Government and other Universities.

Where: Zoom online meeting

When: 21 August 2020 14h00-16h00 (GMT+2)

Program

1.     Opening & welcome

2.     Partnerships between Industry-Government-Universities in developing the GRP

3.     CPHB & FABI base for developing the GRP

4.     Innovation Africa @UP in support of the GRP

5.     A multi-University partnership

6.     Industry & Government perspectives on development of the GRP

7.     Disease diagnostic services

8.     An overview of current research projects

9.     Closing 

Please use the registration form on the left panel of this page to register for this event. We look forward to having your company.

Bernard Slippers and the FABI/Innovation Africa team. 

2020-08-20 08:30:12 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Jane Chepsergon: The strategic success of Phytophthora spp.

Charmaine Malebe: title pending

2020-08-17 08:30:20 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation on the recently concluded Mycological Society of America online symposium in which several FABIans participated. The presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

2020-08-13 08:30:18 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Nam PhamMultigene phylogeny and taxonomy of leaf-inhabiting Diaporthales fungi from Eucalyptus plantations in the North Sumatra region.

Trystan Nadasen: Effectoromics of the fungal pathogen Cercospora zeina in maize.

2020-08-06 08:30:16 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Keamogetswe Maswanganyi: Behavioural responses of the polyphagous shothole borer to volatiles produced by symbiotic fungi.

Brenda Salasini: Identification and functional analyses of candidate core RXLR effectors in Phytophthora parasitica.

2020-08-03 08:30:17 Monday Morning Meeting presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Quentin Santana. The presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title: Development of the Forestry and Agriculture Information Hub.

2020-07-30 16:00:03 FABI International Seminar Series

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by Dr Celine Caseys on Thursday 30 July at 16h00 (GMT+2)

Title: Plant versus Botrytis: a story of quantitative plant-pathogen interactions.

This presentation is part of the FABI International Seminar Series.

2020-07-30 08:30:00 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue: Online presentation

Ginna Granados: Disease progression and population change over time of Dothistroma septosporum on sentinel pines in Colombia.

Nomakula Zim: Understanding the pathogenicity of Xanthomonas vasicola.

2020-07-23 08:30:24 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Luki-Marie Scheepers: Pheromone explorations of Gonipterus sp. 2 and Nudaurelia clarki: A current overview.

Kristiann Labuschagne: Characterization of Bowman-Birk Inhibitors (BBIs) in heat, drought and salt stress tolerance of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana.

2020-07-20 08:30:48 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning `Meeting Presentation

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Victoria Maloney. The presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title to be advised.

2020-07-17 10:00:37 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue: Online seminar

Please join us for JieQiong Li's Prestige Seminar at 10h00 (GMT+2) on Friday 17 July via Zoom.

Title: Taxonomy, mating type distribution and population biology of Calonectria species.

2020-07-16 08:30:07 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Felipe Balocchi: Linking new & old Coryneliaceae from Chilean Araucaria araucana.

Nomaswazi MasekoIn silico characterization of core promoters from the Ceratocystidaceae family.

2020-07-13 08:30:24 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by University of Pretoria Vice-Principal and Principal Prof. Tawana Kupe who will speak on fake news in the COVID-19 period. His presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting on 13 July.

2020-07-09 08:30:13 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Anneri Lotter: Genome sequencing, assembly and phasing of a Eucalyptus urophylla x E. grandis F1 hybrid.

Idea Makowe: Reproduction development of Gonipterus species 2 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). 

2020-07-06 08:30:11 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Venue:

Please join us for a presentation by FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Nanette Christie. This presentation will follow the Monday Morning Meeting.

Title to be advised.

2020-07-02 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Nicole van Vuuren: Diversity of fungi associated with Stipagrostis species of the Namib desert "fairy circles".

Dee Twiddy: Characterization of macadamia nut diseases in South Africa.

2020-06-29 08:30:08 Monday Morning Meeting Presentation

Monday Morning Meeting

Venue:

FABI founding Director Prof. Mike Wingfield will present a talk reflecting on his five-year term of office as IUFRO President. The presentation will start after the Monday Morning Meeting on 29 June.

2020-06-25 16:00:06 Special Seminar

Special Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for an online Special Seminar by Dr Matthew Kasson on Thursday 25 June at 16h00 (GMT+2). This is a 

Title: Deciphering fungus-arthropod interactions: from ambrosia fungi to cicada-killing “Zygomycetes".

For more information on this FABI International Seminar Series presentation, click here.

2020-06-25 08:30:43 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Jenna-Lee Price: Fungal diversity associated with stored Zea mays from emerging farms in the Eastern Cape.

Casey Gill: Metabarcoding of the mycangial fungal communities associated with ambrosia beetles trapped in South African avocado orchards.

2020-06-18 08:30:56 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Byron Sonnekus: Diversity of stink bugs and associated egg parasitoids in Macadamia orchards in South Africa.

Alicia Fick: Putative avocado R gene expression in Phytophthora root rot resistant and susceptible avocado rootstocks.

2020-06-11 08:30:16 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Claudette Dewing: A novel approach to discover fungal biodiversity.

Jane Ramaswe: Chemotropic growth of Fusarium circinatum to Pinus patula roots.

2020-06-04 08:30:53 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Aaron Maringa: Investigating Phytophthora cinnamomi cyst adhesion during avocado infection.

Cameron Cullinan: The response of Soybean Cysteine Protease CP3 to drought.

2020-06-02 14:00:04 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue: Zoom webinar

Please join us for Stephanie van Wyk's Prestige Seminar on Tuesday 2 June at 14h00.

Title: Repeat-induced point mutations in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex.

This will be FABI's first ever online Prestige Seminar hosted on the Zoom platform. Details to join the presentation will be distributed via FABITEAM.

2020-05-28 16:00:05 International Seminar

FABI International Seminar Series

Venue:

Please join us for an online seminar by Dr Joey Tanney on Thursday 28 May at 16h00.

Title: Endophyte insights: modulating tree microbiomes and the new paradigm of forest tree health.

Please register your attendance by clicking here.

The FABI International Seminar Series is a new online seminar series providing an opportunity for our research community to discuss a wide range of topics related to plant health. Our monthly virtual seminars are open to all registered participants ensuring a wide audience.

 

2020-05-28 08:30:40 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Angel Maduke: Botryosphaeriaceae in the Macadamia canopy in South Africa.

Christoff Joubert: Tri-trophic interactions of Gonipterus sp. n. 2.

2020-05-25 19:34:59 Special Seminar

The FABI International Seminar Series

Venue: Virtual event

In light of the extraordinary circumstances experienced around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most, if not all, scientific meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. One of the many benefits of these meetings is science engagement.

 

The FABI International Seminar Series provides an opportunity for our research community to continue discussions on various topics. Our guest speakers will cover a wide range of topics related to plant health. Our monthly virtual seminars are open to all registered participants ensuring a wide audience.

 

Please fill in the registration form on the left menu of this page should you be interested in attending these events. You will be contact via email provided with relevant information on the seminar for each month. If you wish to contribute to this initiative by offering to present your research, please contact Dr Neriman Yilmaz or Dr Markus Wilken.

 


Upcoming seminar: 24 November 2022 - Time: 16:00 (GMT+2)

Speaker: Dr. Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich

Title: Identification and use of plant cell-surface immune receptors to improve broad-spectrum disease resistance in crops


2020-05-21 08:30:57 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Ipeleng Randome: Implementation of hairy root transformation for reverse genetics analysis in Eucalyptus.

Lebone Sebapu: Genomic inference of species boundaries in Ceratocystis.

2020-05-14 08:30:28 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Thabang Moropa: Investigating the genetic diversity and population structure of Gonipterus in South Africa.

Mary Ranketse: Genetic characterization and population dynamics of macadamia cultivars in South African using multiplexed microsatellite markers.

2020-05-12 12:00:00 Meeting

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB)

Venue: Future Africa Campus

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) has become one of the most important meetings relating to forest tree health in South Africa and globally. The 2020 TPCP/CPHB meeting will take place on 12 May. This event is open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other stakeholders in the TPCP and CPHB. The CPHB Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 11 May.

As has been the case in the past, the 31st annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach. This year, we will again have the opportunity to learn from colleagues in other parts of the world and to 'benchmark' TPCP research internationally.

2020-05-07 08:30:08 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Juanita Avontuur: The photosynthetic trait in the genus Bradyrhizobium.

Privilege MakundeCurrent and potential threat of psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) on eucalypts.

2020-04-30 08:30:02 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Firehiwot Eshetu: Unraveling the population genetic diversity, structure and introduction history of an invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio in Australia and New Zealand.

Annie ChanCaballeronia glathei bl8n3 nodulates legumes through a plasmid obtained from cape floral region rhizobia.

 

2020-04-23 08:30:41 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Lomile Khoete: Investigating the genetic diversity and population structure of Gonipterus in South Africa.

Pertunia Moropa: Role of developmental plasticity in flight performance of an invasive insect.

2020-04-16 08:30:46 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Michael Austin: The circadian clock and diurnal rhythms of Eucalyptus carbon sink tissue, xylem.

Ashleigh Smith: Characterisation of Lepidoptera associated with macadamia in South Africa.

2020-04-09 08:30:03 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Matthew Jackson: The Population Genetics of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in South Africa.

Tanya Welgemoed: Signatures of selection in the genome of African populations of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina.

2020-04-02 08:30:25 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Sung Hyu Luke Kim: CRISPR engineering of Glucuronoxylan Methyltransferase (GXM) genes in hybrid Poplar.  

Darryl HerronFusarium circinatum from non-pine hosts enhances the global threat of pine pitch canker.

2020-03-26 08:30:53 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Chepsergon

Sung Hyu Luke Kim: CRISPR engineering of Glucuronoxylan Methyltransferase (GXM) genes in hybrid Poplar.  

Darryl HerronFusarium circinatum from non-pine hosts enhances the global threat of pine pitch canker.

Question Panel: Mathew Harris, Mandla Sibiya

2020-03-19 08:30:38 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Harmen Barten

Mathew Harris: Host identity drives richness, composition and successional trends for foliar fungal endophyte communities within a forest successional gradient.

 

Question Panel: Lorraine Mhoswa, Stephan Henning, Nokwanda Dlamini, Agil Katumanyane

2020-03-16 16:00:01 Special Seminar

Special Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar by Prof. Baldwyn Torto in the FABI Auditorium at 16h00 on 16 March.

Title: The little-known nurses of plant health.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

2020-03-12 08:30:00 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Quentin Guignard

Ofentse Mathibela: Characterization of soybean over-expressing Oryzacystatin I, OC-I, in root nodules under drought conditions.

Stephan Henning: Eucalyptus Genome Diversity Atlas: Assessing the genomic diversity of two economically important eucalypts.

Nokwanda Dlamini: Phenotypic distribution of nodules in soybean (Glycine max L.) cultivars inoculated with different strains of rhizobia.

Agil Katumanyane: Identifying resistance mechanisms of South African white grubs to entomopathogenic nematodes.

Question Panel: Granny Hlongwane, Shawn Fell

2020-03-10 08:19:56 Workshop

SAPBA-Corteva Student Mini-Symposium

Venue: Future Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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2020-03-05 08:30:49 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Darryl Herron

Shawn Fell: The impact of PSHB on Pecan trees in South Africa.

Granny Hlongwane: Characterisation of Ceratocystis species infecting Acacia spp. and Eucalyptus spp. in Indonesia.

Question Panel: Taponeswa Tasiya, Lungile Mabuza

2020-03-02 10:00:33 Special Seminar

Special Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for at the Department of Plant and Soil Science's International Year of Plant Health 2020 Seminar Series at 10h00 in the FABI Auditorium on Monday 2 March. 

10h00: Prof. Shirley Micallef (University of Maryland): Pre-harvest food safety from farm to fruit: Salmonella dynamics and interactions with crops 

10h30: Prof. Gabi Berg (Graz University of Technology): Fruit microbiomes for human gut health and well-being: Fact or Fiction? 

11h00: Werner Rossouw (University of Pretoria): The microbiome of Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Imbach and the prevalence of foodborne pathogens and mycoparasitic fungal pathogens in white button mushroom production systems.

A light lunch will be served afterwards.

2020-02-27 08:30:58 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Firehiwot Eshetu

Taponeswa Tasiya: The diversity and origin of rhizobia isolated from invasive Acacia spp.

Lungile Mabuza: Functional characterization of Arabodopsis basic leucine zipper 7.

Quentin Guignard: The male pheromone in Sirex noctilio: a real puzzle!

Question Panel: Josephine QueffelecShannon Wilson

2020-02-20 08:30:13 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Felipe Balocchi

Shannon Wilson: Systemic responses induced by Chrysoporthe austroafricana in Eucalyptus grandis.

Josephine Queffelec: Mechanisms that influence sex ratio variation in the invasive hymenopteran Sirex noctilio in South Africa.

Question Panel: Mandy Messal, Ricu Claasens, Silindile Maphosa, Bertus van Heerden

2020-02-13 08:30:05 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Josephine Queffelec

Mandy Messal: Fungal community composition associated with leaves of a Eucalyptus grandis half-sib population.

Ricu Claasens: Investigating the biogeography of Bradyrhizobium.

Silindile Maphosa: Identification and functional characterization of Soft Rot Pectobacterium spp. anti-host T6SS effector proteins.

Bertus van Heerden: Single particle tracking for single-molecule spectroscopy in live cells.

Question Panel: Rachel Mkandawire, Valencia Mogoshoa, Hannes Strydom, Nicole Soal

2020-02-06 12:00:38 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Robert Backer's Prestige Seminar in the FABI Auditorium on Thursday 6 February at 12h00.

Title: Molecular and bioinformatic analysis of the Persea americana (Mill.) NPR1-dependent defence signalling pathway in response to Phytophthora cinnamomi infection.

 
Refreshments will be served afterwards
2020-02-06 08:30:49 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Agil Katumanyane

Rachel Mkandawire: Fusarium and Mite Species Associated with Malformed Inflorescence in Syzygium cordatum.
Pozisa Majaja: Species diversity of Fusarium species from Zea mays and Eragrostis tef.
Adelaide Simelane: Molecular characterization and population diversity of Amaranthus palmeri (Palmer amaranth) in South Africa.
Lazarus Takawira: Assessment of DNA Affinity Purification Sequencing (DAP-seq) in secondary cell wall transcriptional network inference in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus.
 
Question Panel: Khumbuzile Bophela, Valencia Mogashoa, Hannes Strydom and Nicole Soal
2020-02-06 08:30:00 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Agil Katumanyane

Rachel Mkandawire: Fusarium and Mite Species Associated with Malformed Inflorescence in Syzygium cordatum.
Pozisa Majaja: Species diversity of Fusarium species from Zea mays and Eragrostis tef.
Adelaide Simelane: Molecular characterization and population diversity of Amaranthus palmeri (Palmer amaranth) in South Africa.
Lazarus Takawira: Assessment of DNA Affinity Purification Sequencing (DAP-seq) in secondary cell wall transcriptional network inference in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus.
 
Question Panel: Khumbuzile Bophela, Valencia Mogashoa, Hannes Strydom and Nicole Soal
2020-02-04 10:00:00 Workshop

FameLab 19/20 Heat @ FABI

Venue:

Venue: FABI, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Date: 4th - 5th February 2020

About:

In 2020, FABI will host a FameLab heat with a focus on plant health. 

2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness on how protecting plant health will end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and develop economic development. FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world and an incredibly exciting platform in which we can showcase South African plant health research.

By taking part in FameLab, you will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, gain valuable communication skills, and meet amazing like-minded people. Importantly, you will also become part of an increasingly exciting network of scientists and engineers able to clearly and imaginatively explain their science to the general public.

We are encouraging anyone who works or does research in the plant health space to enter our heat. This winner of this heat will go on to compete in the national final for a chance to represent South Africa in the international competition in the UK. 

About FameLab link: https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

Enter: https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/enter-competition

Contact: Darryl Herron, darryl.herron@fabi.up.ac.za

2020-02-04 09:00:17 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Edgar Mangwende's Prestige Seminar at 09h00 on 4 February in the Plant Sciences Complex Auditorium.

Title: Identification and control of Colletotrichum species associated with Eucalyptus seeds. 

2020-02-04 06:00:00 Workshop

FameLab 19/20 Heat @ FABI

Venue:
Venue: FABI, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 4th - 5th February 2020
 
About:
 
In 2020, FABI will host a FameLab heat with a focus on plant health. 
 
2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness on how protecting plant health will end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and develop economic development. FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world and an incredibly exciting platform in which we can showcase South African plant health research.
 
By taking part in FameLab, you will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, gain valuable communication skills, and meet amazing like-minded people. Importantly, you will also become part of an increasingly exciting network of scientists and engineers able to clearly and imaginatively explain their science to the general public.
 
We are encouraging anyone who works or does research in the plant health space to enter our heat. This winner of this heat will go on to compete in the national final for a chance to represent South Africa in the international competition in the UK. 
 
Contact: Darryl Herron, darryl.herron@fabi.up.ac.za

 

2020-01-30 08:30:05 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Ginna Granados

Khumbuzile Bophela: Investigating the potential role of ring nematodes (Mesocriconema xenoplax) in predisposing plum trees to bacterial canker infection - an update.

Valencia Mogashoa: Development of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) model for screening susceptible and resistant Eucalyptus clones against Chrysoporthe austroafricana.

Hannes Strydom: Modelling the population dynamics of Sirex noctilio.

Nicole Soal: Catechol dioxygenases of the Ceratocystidaceae - helping the saprophytes or the pathogens?

Question Panel: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Quentin Guignard, Knowledge Mushonga, Ariska van der Nest

2020-01-29 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Jan Nagel's Prestige Seminar on Wednesday 29 January at 16h00 in the FABI Auditorium.

Title: Genomic insights into the biology and evolution of Botryosphaeriaceae.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2020-01-28 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar

Prestige Seminar

Venue:

Please join us for Joey Hulbert's Prestige Seminar at 16h00 on Tuesday 28 January in the FABI Auditorium.

Title: A quest for plant destroyers in the Cape Floristic Region: a story of the growth of an indigenous-plant pathologist

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2020-01-23 08:30:02 Student Seminars

Student Seminars

Venue:

Chairperson: Juanita Avontuur

Quentin Guignard: The male pheromone in Sirex noctilio: a real puzzle! 

Ariska van der Nest: The population structure and genetic diversity of the pine needle pathogen, Dothistroma pini in Europe.

Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry: Genome-wide association approach to studying growth in Fusarium circinatum.

Knowledge Mushonga: Plant-soil feedbacks of selected dryland crops: a greenhouse study. 

Note there will be no Question Panel this week.

2020-01-13 08:30:00 FABI Opening and Breakfast
Venue:
FABI will officially reopen on Monday 13 January. We will start at theSanlamAuditoriumat 08h30 with a welcome address and announcement of a number of exciting developments.
Our annual Group Photo will be taken after whichwe return to the FABI courtyard for breakfast.
2019-12-05 09:45:00 Symposium
Venue:
There will be a mini-symposium on the evolution of plant genomes on 5 December at which Prof. Jim Leebens-Mack from University of Georgia, Prof Yves Van de Peer from Ghent University, and others will give talks.
It will take place in the FABI auditorium from 09:45 on Thursday 5 December.
Please find the program attached, and pleasedistribute to other interested parties.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP tothandeka.ngondo@up.ac.zaby 12h00 on 4 December for catering purposes.
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2019-12-05 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Brenda Chisanga

Robert Jansen van Vuuren:The role of the kauralexin biosynthetic pathway in maize defences against the fall armyworm.

Ingrid Marais:External RNA interference against the fungusCercospora zeina.

Phinda Magagula:Potential control strategies of white root rot on avocado.

Question Panel: Juanita Engelbrecht, Leandri Bezuidenhoudt

2019-12-04 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-12-03 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for Andi Wilson's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday 3Decemberat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of hertalk is: "Unisexual reproduction in filamentous ascomycete fungi".
Refreshments will be served after theseminar.
2019-11-28 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Melissa Joubert

Juanita Engelbrecht:Sequencing and analysis of thePhytophthora cinnamomigenome.

Raven Wienk:Avocado cultivar population study and the quantification ofFusarium euwallaceae; a cultivar threat.

Leandri Bezuidenhoudt:Functional characterisation ofSirex noctiliochemosensation genes.

Question Panel: Brenda Salasini, Sthembiso Mngadi, Nganea Nangammbi, Caitlin Gevers

2019-11-25 12:30:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for Miekie Human's PhD Prestige Seminar on Monday25 Novemberat12h30in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of hertalk is: "Effector identification from the susceptibleExserohilum turcicum–Zea maysinteraction".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-11-21 11:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for David Nsibo's PhD Prestige Seminar on Thursday 21 Novemberat11h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of histalk is: "Population genetics of the maize foliar pathogenCercospora zeinain five countries of sub-Saharan Africa".
Refreshments will be served after theseminar.
2019-11-21 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Tsakani Miyambo

Brenda Salasini:Identification andfunctional analysis ofcandidate RXLReffectorsinPhytophthoraspecies.

Sthembiso Mngadi: awaiting title

Nganea Nangammbi:CRISPR-Editing of Xylan-associated genes inPopulusalba x P.tremulaand characterisationof their functional roles inArabidopsis thaliana.

Question Panel: Lebone Sebapu, Rosa Knopperson, Nam Pham, Stefan Ferreira

2019-11-16 10:00:00 FABI Year-End Function
Venue: TBA

Celebrate the end of another year at the FABI Year-End Function. More details to follow in due course.

2019-11-14 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Silindile Maphosa

Rosa Knopperson:The role of insect gut microbial communities in overcoming plant chemical defenses by the Eucalyptus Snout Beetle,Gonipterus sp.2.

Nam Pham:Biotic factors associated with Eucalyptus Little Leaf Disease in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Stefan Ferreira:The role of transketolase and transaldolase in carbon partitioning to lignin.

Modjadji Makwela:Beneficial fungi associated with South African endemic and endangered orchids.

Question Panel: Jane Chepsergon, Caitlin Gevers, Lizzy Ramela

2019-11-12 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to Mohammad Sayari's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday12 Novemberat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Characterisation of secondary metabolite pathways in the Ceratocystidaceae".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-11-12 11:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar by two leading authorities on biological control, Prof. Timothy Paine and Dr Maartje Klapwijk, in the FABI Auditorium at 11h00 on 12 November.

Dr Maartje Klapwijk:Trophic interactions in the Anthropocene.

Prof. Tim Paine:Invasive Ambrosia Beetles:Biology and Control.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

2019-11-07 21:00:00 Meeting

Meeting of IUFRO WG 7.03.13 on Biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens

Venue: Future Africa

MEETING OF IUFRO WG 7.03.13
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF FOREST INSECT PESTS AND PATHOGENS

@Future Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
6-8 November 2019 (with post-meeting field trip 8-11 November)

IUFRO is an international network of forest scientists working in a very broad range of research areas, including forest health and the management of invasive species. The IUFRO working group 7.03.13 focuses on research related to the biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens. This is the first meeting of the working group since the meeting in Poland in 2015, and the first time this working group has met in Africa! The working group meetings are generally not too large (less than 100 people) which allows easier engagement with fellow researchers.

Venue

The meeting will be held at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus (www.futureafrica.science) of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 1 July 2019 (new extended deadline)

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 17 July 2019 (new date)

Early registration deadline: 7 August 2019 (new extended deadline)

Late registration deadline: 30 September 2019

Contact

For more information about the meeting you can contact Prof. Brett Hurley (FABI, University of Pretoria)
Tel: +27 12 420 5822
brett.hurley@fabi.up.ac.za

Programme

Tentative programme (click here for the detailed programme)

Tuesday 5th November:
17:00-18:00 Registration
18:00-21:00 Welcome Reception
Wednesday 6th November:
08:00-08:30 Registration and tea/coffee
08:30-08:45 Welcome and arrangements
08:45-09:00 Introduction to IUFRO
09:00-09:25 Introduction to your hosts: FABI and Future Africa
09:25-09:50 Address: Forestry and Forest Research in South Africa
09:50-10:30 Keynote address, Prof. Timothy Paine
10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee
11:00-13:00 Technical session
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:40 Technical session
15:40-16:00 Tea/coffee
16:00-18:00 Tour of FABI
18:00-21:00 Dinner @FABI
Thursday 7th November:
08:30-09:10 Keynote address, Dr Maartje Klapwijk
09:10-10:30 Technical session
10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee
11:00-13:00 Technical session
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Tour of FABI Biocontrol Centre
15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee
16:00-17:00 Technical session
18:00-21:00 Banquet dinner @Future Africa
Friday 8th November:
08:30-10:10 Technical session
10:10-10:30 Closing of meeting
10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee
11:00 Post-meeting field trip departs (only for those booked for this event)

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Timothy Paine

Prof. Timothy Paine, University of California – Riverside

Successes, failures, and economics of biological control of invasive insects in California urban forests.

Prof. Paine has research contributions to fundamental and applied science that contribute to quality of life and environmental protection. Prof. Paine’s research on invasive insect herbivores feeding on eucalypts has gained international recognition, particularly in parts of the world with Mediterranean climates. The research programme emphasizes implementation and integration of cultural approaches and biological control for management of the expanding arthropod community associated with eucalypts, Ficus, ash, and other tree species in urban forest environments. Acting as a PI, Co-PI, or Collaborator on nine biological control programs, he has published records of four complete successes, three substantial successes, one that is currently undetermined, and one failure. In addition, he has taken the highly unusual step of documenting the economic impact of these biological control efforts by determining the cost and economic benefit of the biological control efforts.


Dr Maartje Klapwijk

Dr Maartje Klapwijk, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

On the interplay between direct interactions and associational effects embedding ecology in forest management

Dr Maartje Klapwijk is an insect ecologist working with forest insects. From the start of her research path she has been interested in anthropogenic influences on species interactions. Over time her interest in host-parasitoid interactions in the context of habitat fragmentation and climate change, transformed into a focus on insect outbreaks and climate change. Currently, her work evolves around the potential to use ecological mechanisms in forests to mitigate the risk of insect damage. She still has a focus on interactions between insect herbivores and their natural enemies but endeavors to put these interactions in a tri-trophic and anthropogenic framework of forest management.

Registration information

Early registration: Meeting only (before 7 August 2019) = US$300 (ZAR4500) per person

Early registration: Meeting + Field trip (before 7 August 2019) = US$995 (ZAR14800) per person
Late registration (8 August – 30 September 2019) = US$380 (ZAR5700) per person


Registration fees include the Welcome Reception, dinners, teas and lunches, and shuttle service from ORT International Airport in Johannesburg to Future Africa (and back to airport). The post-meeting field trip includes accommodation, meals and transport.

After online registration you will be sent a confirmation email, followed by instructions on how to pay the registration and field trip fees.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Venue and Accommodation

The meeting will be held at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa. This is a beautiful facility with a modern conference venue and multiple breakaway discussion rooms. The facility has specifically been designed to provide an environment for leading scientists and scholars from around the world to engage and address global challenges, and will thus be the ideal venue for the IUFRO Biocontrol meeting.

We have reserved accommodation at Future Africa for 5-8 November at a good rate, ZAR900pp for bed and breakfast (= approx. US$65). The accommodation is just a few minutes walk from the meeting venue.

Accommodation should be booked directly with Future Africa (accommodation@futureafrica.science ), please use ‘IUFRO Biocontrol’ as a reference for your booking.

Information on the accommodation and conference facility can be found at www.futureafrica.science (under 'Campus').

There are also a number of hotels and guesthouses in Pretoria. However, none of these are in walking distance to Future Africa and thus delegates would need to arrange Taxis / Uber for transport. We thus strongly encourage delegates to stay at Future Africa to avoid this cost and the time for travel.

Post-meeting field trip

There will be a post-meeting field trip from 8-11 November. The field trip will include exposure to South African plantation forestry, including visits to sites with infestation of some of the main pests of pine and eucalypts, such as the Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio), the bluegum chalcid (Leptocybe invasa), and the Eucalyptus snout beetle (Gonipterus sp.2), and discussions and demonstrations of management approaches. The field trip will also include exposure to some of South Africa’s amazing native fauna and flora, with a visit to the Kruger National Park.

Details and itinerary for field trip

Please note that the cost for the field trip is NOT included in the US$300 registration fee. After you register you will be sent instructions for payment, where you can chose to pay for just the meeting or meeting + field trip.

Abstracts Submission

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 1 July 2019. Click here for instructions and template for abstract. Abstracts should be submitted to Dr Marc Kenis (m.kenis@cabi.org) and copied to brett.hurley@up.ac.za.

Sponsors

Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)
CAB International

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
York Timbers

Sappi
2019-11-07 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest

Jane Chepsergon:Identification and characterization of conserved RxLR effectors inPhytophthora paraitica.

Melissa Joubert:Discovery ofPhytophthora cinnamomi RxLReffector genes expressed during avocado infection.

Lizzy Ramela:Taxonomyand diversity of rhizobial species associated with non-native legumes in southern Africa.

Nomakula Zim: Title pending

Question Panel: Byron Sonnekus, Luki-Marie Scheepers, Tanya Welgemoed

2019-11-06 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-11-05 15:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for the Prestige Seminar of Ronel Roberts in the FABI Auditorium at 15h00 on 5 November.

Seminar title: Genetic and biological diversity of "Candidatus Liberibacters" from South Africa.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2019-11-01 14:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to aspecial seminar by Prof. Jiri Hulcrfrom the University of Florida on Friday the1 Novemberat14h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Which of the 1000 bark beetles indigenous to Asia is the greatest threat to American forests?"
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-10-31 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Chepsergon

Byron Sonnekus:Diversity of stink bugs and associated egg parasitoids in Macadamia orchards in SA.

Luki-Marie Scheepers: Pheremone explorations of Gonipterus species.

Tanya Welgemoed:Patterns of pathogenicity gene selection in Africanpopulations of the maize pathogenCercospora zeina.

Albertina Makowe: title pending

Question Panel: Keamogetswe Maswanganyi, Michael du Toit, Charmaine Malebe,Felipe Balocchi

2019-10-29 09:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a two-hour interactive seminar "Women in Biotech" co-hosted by Biosafety SA and FABI.

Come and join the discussion where we showcase successful women in biotech, discuss challenges that they had to face and overcome and how we can create opportunities for young women in biotech through engagement, education and empowerment.

2019-10-27 18:00:00 Workshop

Meeting of The Bark Beetle Mycobiome Research Network

Venue:

Programme

26th - 27th Oct:  
Arrival at ORT Airport Transport will be organized for guests to Future Africa Campus of University of Pretoria
   
Sunday, 27th Oct:  
18:00 Welcome and wine tasting at FABI
   
Monday, 28th Oct:  
06:00 Depart for Bark Beetle Blitz field trip to KwaZulu-Natal
14:00 First collections of beetles in Nature Reserve
18:00 BBM research topics discussions
   
Tuesday 29th Oct:  
08:00 Field collections of bark and ambrosia beetles in forested areas surrounding the Richard’s Bay Harbour, and BBM research topics discussions
   
Wednesday 30th Oct:  
05:00 Depart for Hluhluwe Nature Reserve for field collections and game drives
17:00 Guided identification of samples collected from the day
   
Thursday 31st Oct:  
06:00 Depart for Pretoria
15:00 Tour of biological control facilities
   
Friday 1st Nov:  
08:00 PSHB Research Network workshop at FABI
15:00 FABI seminar (Jiri Hulcr: Pre-invasion assessment of bark and ambrosia beetles and fungi)
17:00 Public Zoom conference on PSHB and fungi
19:00 Dinner at Future Africa
   
Saturday 2nd Nov:  
08:00 Writing the White paper at Future Africa campus
  Evening off
   
Sunday 3rd Nov:  
09:00 Visit to The Cradle of Humankind
  Or relax at guest house
  Depart to ORT airport
2019-10-24 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk

Keamogetswe Maswanganyi:The effects of plant associated microbes on host selection by a tree-killing ambrosia beetle: Polyphagous shot hole borer.

Michael du Toit:The Polyphagous shot hole borer andFusarium euwallaceaeonPersea americana, in South Africa.

Felipe Balocchi:Advances in the Araucaria canker disease description.

Charmaine Malebe:Isolation, identification and characterization of bacterial leaf blight pathogen onAcacia crassicarpa.

Question Panel: Nomaswazi Maseko, Pozisa Majaja

2019-10-17 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Caitlin Gevers

Julia Candotti:Analysis of hybrid combining ability in aEucalyptusmulti-parent mapping population.

Nomaswazi Maseko:In silico characterization of core promoters from the ceratocystidaceae family.

Pozisa Majaja:Morphological and molecular identification ofFusariumspecies isolated fromZea maysandEragrostis tefin the Free State.

Ginna Granados:Evidence for sexual recombination ofD.septosporumpopulations in Colombia.

Question Panel: Claudette Dewing, Frances Lane, Silindile Maphosa, Jane Ramaswe

2019-10-10 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Elisa Pal

Claudette Dewing: Characterisation of host-specific genes unique to Fusarium species from the FFSC

Frances Lane: The transferability of an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation system in the Ceratocystidaceae

Ntombikayise Nkomo: The role of SlyA transcriptional regulator in the virulence of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense PBR1692

Jane Ramaswe: Plant-microbe interactions mediated by Pinus patula root exudates under laboratory conditions

Question Panel: Marja O'Neill, Leandri Bezuidenhoudt, Fezile Mthunzi, Matthew Jackson

2019-10-03 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Wilma Nel

Marja O'Neill:

Leandri Bezuidenhoudt:

Fezile Mtunzi:

Matthew Jackson:

Question Panel: Modjadji Makwela, Nomakula Zim, Agil Katayumane, Shawn fell

2019-10-02 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-09-26 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Demissew Teshome

Agil Katayumane:Screening South Africa’s local entomopathogenic nematodes for their pathogenicity against white grubs.

Shawn Fell:The impact of PSHB on pecan trees in South Africa.

Shaun Stice:Pantoeaspp. defeat onion chemical defences with a plasmid-borne allicin tolerance cluster.

Question Panel: Lungile Mabuza, Johannes Joubert, Hannes Strydom

2019-09-23 08:30:00 Postdoc Seminar
Venue:

FABI postdoctoral Fellow Dr Vuyiswa Bushula-Njah will present a seminar on her project entitled "Vascular wilt of coffee caused byFusarium xylarioides."

2019-09-19 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Angel Maduke

Lungile Mabuza:Functional characterization of Arabidopsis basic leucine zipper 7.

Johannes Joubert:Constitutive chemical defence of Eucalyptus against herbivory by Gonipterus sp. 2.

Hannes Strydom:Modelling the population dynamics of the forest pestSirex noctilio.

Question Panel: Dorris Tshwane, Privilege Makunde, Taponeswa Tasiya

2019-09-12 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Melissa Joubert

Dorris Tshwane:Characterization of microbial quorum quenching genes from metagenomic sequence data isolated from the southern ocean.

Privilege Makunde: Biology and ecology of the shell lerp psyllid,Spondyliaspiscf.plicatuloides(Hemiptera: Psylloidea) in South Africa.

Taponeswa Tasiya:Diversity and origin of rhizobia isolated fromAcacia sp.andDichrostachys cinereaand nodulation efficiency of the isolated rhizobia compared to commercial inoculants.

Question Panel: Nicole Soal, Ricu Claassens, Carol-Ann Segal

2019-09-09 16:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar by a world leader in the field of Mycology, Prof. John Taylor at 16h00 on Monday 9 September at 16h00 in the FABI Auditorium.

Presentation title: Characterizing fungal species and their ecology with cultivated Sorghum.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

2019-09-05 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Tsakani Miyambo

Nicole Soal:Gene expression response of catechol dioxygenases inCeratocystis fimbriataduring infection of sweet potatoes.

Ricu Claassens: Plant growth promoting bacteria associated withEucalyptus.

Carol-Ann Segal:Cloning the Cercospora zeina Ecp2 effector gene for Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation.

Question Panel: Wilma Nel, Mathew Harris, Lomile Khoete

2019-09-04 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-08-29 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to Michel Tchotet's PhD Prestige Seminar on Thursday 29 Augustat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of his seminar is: "Wood-rot fungi in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) and surrounds of South Africa: Identification and Taxonomy".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-08-29 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Brenda Chisanga

Wilma Nel:Investigating the genomic patterns of beetle vectored Sordariomycete fungi.

Mathew Harris:

Lomile Khoete:Investigating the population diversity of Gonipterus and its biological control agent in SouthAfrica.

Question Panel: Firehiwot Eshetu, Kira Lynn, Seamus Morgan, Sung Hyu Luke Kim

2019-08-22 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Nam Pham

Firehiwot Eshetu:Genetic diversity ofAmylostereum areolatumfrom Australia and New Zealand, the symbiotic fungus of an invasive woodwaspSirex noctilio.

Kira Lynn:Tiny beetles being a big pest inAcacia crassicarpaplantations in Indonesia.

Seamus Morgan:Mating inQuambalariaand other Exobasidiomycetes.

Sung Hyu Luke Kim:Exploring glucuronoxylan biosynthesis genes and their potential for biorefinery applications of woody biomass.

Question Panel: Ashleigh Smith, Ipeleng Randome, Lebone Sebapu

2019-08-15 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Silindile Maphosa

Ashleigh Smith:Characterization ofLepidopteraassociated with Macadamia in South Africa.

Ipeleng Randome:Identification and prioritization of woody-plant preferential Eucalyptus transcription factors putatively involved in wood formation.

Lebone Sebapu:Genomic inference of species boundaries in Ceratocystis.

Question Panel: Granny Hlongwane, Mary Ranketse

2019-08-08 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Chepsergon

Granny Hlongwane:Investigating the Ceratocystis disease outbreak in Eucalyptus clones in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mary Ranketse:Genomic characterization and resources for macadamia nut cultivars for advanced genetic breeding.

Question Panel: Jesse Hartley, Eugene Kabwe, Mateka Modiba

2019-08-07 15:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for aspecial seminar byProf. Robin Creweon Wednesday 7 Augustat15h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of histalk is: "The Dark Side of the Feminine Monarchy: individual behaviour in honey bees".
Abstract:
Much of the work that has been done on honey bees has focussed on the behaviour of the colony as a super organism. The study of the behaviour of individual workers bees has been directed to those behaviours that contribute to colony fitness. However, it has been possible with the use of molecular genetic techniques to begin to understand behaviour of workers that contributes to individual fitness, often to the detriment of colony fitness. This richer understanding of the dynamics of worker behaviour will be explored in the seminar.
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-08-07 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-08-01 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Barkat Ali

Jesse Hartley:The isolation and detection ofRosellinia necatrixin South African avocado orchards.

Eugene Kabwe:Analyzing the genome architecture of the maize pathogenCercospora zeina.

Question Panel: Sung Hyu Luke Kim, Demissew Teshome

2019-07-29 13:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a Special Seminar by Quentin Guignard in the FABI auditorium at 13h00 on 29 July.

Title:Color vision in insects: what and how do we know about it.

2019-07-25 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Dr Albé van der Merwe

Marja O'Neill:Genomic evidence of introgression and adaptation inEucalyptus grandis.

Demissew Teshome:Physiological responses ofEucalyptus grandisto combined drought stress/re-watering andChrysoporthe austroafricanainfection.

Question Panel: Matthew Jackson, Juanita Avontuur, Nganea Nangammbi

2019-07-24 14:00:00 Student Seminars
Venue: BGM Seminar Room

Please join us for the Prestige Semianr of Inosters Nzuki on Wednesday 24 July at 14h00 in the BGM Seminar Room (3rd floor of the Agricultural Sciences Building).

His presentation is entitled: "QTL Mapping for pest and disease resistance in Cassava and coincidence of QTL with Introgression Regions derived from Manihot glaziovii."

2019-07-24 09:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue: Plant Science Auditorium
Please join us for Teddy Amuge's PhD prestige seminar on Wednesday24 Julyat09h30in thePlant Science Auditorium.
The title of her talk is: "Genome-wide transcriptome analysis of cassava challenged with Ugandan cassava brown streak virus (UCBSV)".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-07-18 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Elisa Pal

Matthew Jackson:Understanding the population genetics and emergence ofBt-resistance inBusseola fuscaandSpodoptera frugiperdain Africa.

Juanita Avontuur: The photosynthetic trait of the genusBradyrhizobium.

Nganea Nangammbi:CRISPR editing and functional characterization of Xylan-associated genes.

Question Panel: Nam Pham, Alessandro Gricia, Mathew Harris

2019-07-15 13:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us forArista Fourie'sPhD Prestige Seminar onMonday15 July at 13h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of her seminar is: " A genomic approach towards understanding host specificity and pathogenicity in twoCeratocystisspecies."
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-07-11 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Tanya Welgemoed

Nam Pham:Biotic factors associated with Eucalyptus Little Leaf Syndrome - an update.

Alessandro Gricia:Investigating the role of the type VI secretion system in Pectobacterium disease processes and its regulation by Zur.

Mathew Harris:A review of fungal biogeography and the feasibility of using publicly available GenBank data for answering biogeographic questions.

Question Panel: Ntombi Nkomo, Silindile Maphosa

2019-07-05 10:00:00 SPOOF Social
Venue: TBA

The Social Club invites FABIans to the annual SPOOF social. More details to follow in due course.

2019-07-04 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Lorraine Mhoswa

Ntombi Nkomo:PhoP ofPectobacterium carotovorum subsp brasiliense(PBR1692/Pcb1692) represses T6SS and carbapenem productionin planta.

Silindile Maphosa:Identification and functional characterization of Soft RotPectobacteriumspecies anti-host T6SS effector proteins.

Question Panel: Caitlin Gevers, Nomaswazi Maseko, Barkat Ali, Sthembiso Mngadi

2019-07-03 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-06-27 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Angel Maduke

Caitlin Gevers: TheLeptocybe invasa(Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) gall complex in South Africa: its community and distribution.

Nomaswazi Maseko:Description and functional analysis of core promoters from members of the Sordariomycetes.

Barkat Ali:Learning from the past and plan for the future: Taxonomy ofUromycladium acaciae.

Sthembiso Mngadi:The characterization of a novel accessory chromosome within theFusarium fujikuroispecies concept.

Question Panel: Raven Wienk, Lizzy Ramela, Shawn Fell

2019-06-20 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Ramaswe

Raven Wienk: Genetic diversity & population structure analysis of the South African avocado rootstock germplasm using SNP markers.

Lizzy Ramela:Diversity of rhizobial species associated with non-native legumes in southern Africa.

Shawn Fell:The impact of the polyphagous shot hole borer on Pecan trees in South Africa.

Question Panel: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Elisa Pal, Robert Jansen van Vuuren

2019-06-14 15:30:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please jon usfor Chrizelle Beukes' PhD Prestige Seminar on Friday 14 Juneat15h30in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Genomic diversity and phylogeography of South African rhizobia".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-06-13 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ginna Granados

Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry:Evaluation of growth and virulence in the South African population of Fusarium circinatum

Elisa Pal: Biology and management of Bathycoelia natalicola associated with macadamia orchards in South Africa

Robert Jansen van Rensburg:The role of kauralexin biosynthetic pathway in maize defences against the fall armyworm.

Question Panel: Juanita Avontuur, Fezile Mthunzi, Luki-Marie Scheepers

2019-06-06 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Ipeleng Randome

Fezile Mthunzi: Characterizing terpene synthase genes in Armillaria species, with special reference to Armillaria mellea

Luki-Marie Scheepers: Explorations of the Pine Emperor moth pheromone

Ingrid Marais: Title to be provided

Question Panel: Josephine Queffelec, Pozisa Majaja, Rosa Knopperson

2019-06-05 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-05-30 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:

Josephine Queffelec: Birds do it, bees do it, why won't wasps do it?

Pozisa Majaja: Molecular and morphological identification of Fusarium species from Zea mays and Eragrostis tef

Rosa Knopperson: The role of insect gut microbial communities inovercoming the chemical defences of host plants by the Pine Emperor Moth, Nudaurelia clarki.

Question Panel: Julia Candotti, Lomile Khoete, Lazarus Takawira, Stefan Ferreira

2019-05-27 20:00:00 Workshop

Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room

Dates:

  • Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop 127 - 31 May
  • Advanced Phylogenetics Workshop 2: November (dates will be released in May)

Outline:

The following is a broad outline of the topics that will be treated during the workshop:

  • File formats
  • Sequence alignments
  • Dealing with gaps
  • Everything about trees (phylogenetic)
  • Testing for partition homogeneity
  • Evolutionary models
  • Parsimony
  • Maximum likelihood
  • Bayesian phylogenetic inferences
  • Other interesting topics (e.g. molecular dating and hypothesis testing)

Software:

Experience will be gained in using the following software*:

  • BioEdit
  • MAFFT
  • PAUP*
  • jModelTest
  • FASTConcat-G
  • RAXML and PHYML
  • MrBayes
  • Tracer
  • TreeView
  • BEAST

*Other software that are of value to the workshop will be demonstrated if time permits.

Prerequisite for attending the workshop:

  • Ability to operate in the DOS command line environment
  • Basic knowledge in phylogenetic analyses. Beginners workshops are available for researchers with no or limited background in phylogenetics. Please follow this link to get more information about introductory workshops.

Payment and registration:

The cost for this workshop is R 4800-00 (excluding VAT) per person and should be paid before the workshop commences.
 

Workshop 1
Closing date for registration of attendees outside of FABI: 6 May 2019
Closing date for payment: 20 May 2019**

Workshop 2
Closing date for registration of attendees outside of FABI: 1 October 2019
Closing date for payment: 1 November 2019**

**If no payment is received by the specified date, the applicant will lose their reservation.

**Cost of the workshop includes workshop material, light lunches each day and coffee/tea in the morning. Unfortunately, we can accommodate only 15 people per workshop.

 

For more information please contact Dr. Martin Coetzee (martin.coetzee@fabi.up.ac.za).

2019-05-23 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:

Julia Candotti: Title to be provided

Lomile Khoete: Title to be provided

Lazarus Takawira: Title to be provided

Stefan Ferreira: Title to be provided

Question Panel: Leandri Bezuidenhoudt, Kira Lynn, Keamogetswe Maswanganyi

2019-05-16 19:00:00 Workshop

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB)

Venue: Future Africa Campus

The 30th Annual Meeting of the
Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and
DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB)
FABI and FUTURE AFRICA CAMPUS
13 to 15 May 2019

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) has become one of the most important meetings relating to forest tree health in South Africa and globally. The 2019 meetings will take place on 14 and 15 May. Satellite meetings, lab and facility visits and a meeting of the Core Team Members of the CTHB will be held on 13 May. The events are open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other stakeholders in the TPCP and CTHB.

As has been the case in the past, the 30th annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach. This year, we will again have the opportunity to learn from colleagues in other parts of the world and to 'benchmark' TPCP research internationally.

Venue

All activities of the 2019 CTHB and TPCP Annual meeting on Monday 13 May, Tuesday 14 May and Wednesday 15 May will take place at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus (MAP) of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa.

NOTE: Please follow the map as this is on a different campus from where previous meetings took place.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 29 March 2019

Registration closes: 30 April 2019

Contact

For more information about the meeting you can contact bernard.slippers@fabi.up.ac.za and cc madelein.vanheerden@fabi.up.ac.za.

 

Programme

Preliminary programme (will be updated) download here

Monday 13 May: CTHB symposium, Meeting of Core Team Members and CTHB Dinner
Tuesday 14 May: TPCP symposium and Annual TPCP Dinner
Wednesday 15 May: TPCP symposium, TPCP Board Meeting
Thursday 16 May: Further CTHB and TPCP related meetings and departure of field tour.

Speakers

Prof. Stephanie Burton (Vice Rector Research: University of Pretoria)
Mr Michael Peter (Forestry South Africa)
Prof. Bernard Slippers (Director of FABI, TPCP)
Prof. Mike Wingfield (Founding Director of FABI and TPCP, IUFRO president)
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni (Manager: Future Africa, University of Pretoria)
Mr John Dedes (Canadian Forest Service, Canada)
Dr Illaria Germishuizen (ICFR)
Dr Rene Heim (University of Florida, USA)
Ms Kayla Noeth (SAPPI)
Dr Simon Lawson (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)
Prof. Brett Hurley (FABI, TPCP)
Prof. Emma Steenkamp (FABI, TPCP)
Prof. Brenda Wingfield (FABI, TPCP)
Prof. Wilhelm de Beer (FABI, TPCP)
Prof. Sanushka Naidoo (FABI, FMG)
Prof. Martin Coetzee (FABI, TPCP)
Dr Trudy Paap (FABI, TPCP)
Dr Irene Barnes (FABI, TPCP)
Dr Almuth Hammerbacher (FABI, TPCP)
Dr Mesfin Gossa (FABI, TPCP)
Dr Tuan Duong (FABI, TPCP)
and more

Registration information

Registration for the CTHB events on Monday 13 May are being dealt with by email. The online registration facility here is for TPCP related activities on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May only.

The TPCP related events are only open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other invited stakeholders in the TPCP and CTHB, and will be free of charge. However, transport and accommodation costs are for your own account. If you are not sure whether you may attend, please contact bernard.slippers@fabi.up.ac.za and cc madelein.vanheerden@fabi.up.ac.za

Registration opens: 29 March 2019

Registration closes: 30 April 2019

After online registration you should receive a confirmation email.

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Venue and accommodation

All activities of the 2019 CTHB and TPCP Annual meeting on Monday 13 May, Tuesday 14 May and Wednesday 15 May will take place at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus (MAP) of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa.

NOTE: Please follow the map as this is on a different campus from where previous meetings took place.

Accommodation that is just a few minutes walk from the meeting venue, can be booked at Future Africa. Accommodation should be booked directly with Future Africa ( accommodation@futureafrica.science ), and is for your own account.

 

2019-05-09 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Marja O'Neill

Leandri Bezuidenhoudt:Functional characterisation ofSirex noctiliochemosensation genes.

Keamogetswe Maswanganyi:The effects of endophytes on host selection by ambrosia beetles (polyphagous shot hole borer).

Dorris Tshwane:Characterization of bacterial quorum quenching genes isolated from marine environments: a novel approach to attenuatePectobacteriumspp. pathogenicity.

Question Panel: Hannes Strydom, Byron Sonnekus, Tanya Welgemoed, Anneri Lotter

2019-05-02 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Ramaswe

Hannes Strydom:Modelling the population dynamics of a CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive system inSirex noctilio.

Byron Sonnekus:Species diversity of stink bugs and associated egg parasitoids in macadamia orchards in South Africa.

Tanya Welgemoed:Patterns of pathogenicity gene selection in African populations of the maize pathogenCercospora zeina.

Anneri Lotter:Sequencing, assembly and phasing of theEucalyptus urophyllagenome.

Question Panel: Juanita Hanneman, Nomakula Zim, Marja O'Neill, Firehiwot Eshetu

2019-04-30 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-04-25 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Josephine Queffelec

Juanita Hanneman:Analysing phosphite sensitivity in South AfricanPhytophthora cinnamomiisolates.

Marja O'Neill:Fine-scale population structure of nativeEucalyptus grandis.

Nomakula Zim:Comparative genomics and pathogenicity ofXanthomonas vasicola.

Fireiwot Eshetu:Genetic diversity ofAmylostereum areolatumfrom Australia and New Zealand,the symbiotic fungus of an invasive woodwaspSirex noctilio.

Question Panel: Claudette Dewing, Modjadji Makwela, Michael du Toit

2019-04-23 14:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join usfor Danielle Roodt's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday 23 Aprilat14h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "The evolution of xylogenesis in the vascular plants".
Refreshments will be served afterthe seminar.
2019-04-23 10:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join usfor Valery Moloto's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday23 Aprilat10h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Seedborne bacteria of onion: A study on pathogenicity and diversity".
Refreshments will be served afterthe seminar.
2019-04-18 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join usfor Erik Visser's PhD Prestige Seminar on Thursday18 Aprilat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Transcriptomic model of resistance mechanisms in thePinus-Fusarium circinatuminteraction".
Refreshments will be served afterthe seminar.
2019-04-18 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Juanita Avontuur

Claudette Dewing:Characterisation of host-specific genes unique to two groups ofFusariumspecies.

Modjadji Makwela:Orchid mycorrhizae associated withHabenariaspp. from South Africa.

Michael du Toit:Fusariumdieback onPersea americana, in South Africa.

Question Panel: Lungile Mabuza, Johannes Joubert, Dorris Tshwane

2019-04-16 15:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to Zander Human's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday16 Aprilat15h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "The microbial ecology ofProtea repensinfructescences".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-04-11 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry

Lungile Mabuza:Investigating the evolutionary relationship of Eucalyptus grandis bZIPs to other angiosperms.

Johannes Joubert:Host preference ofGonipterus sp. 2and chemical analysis of susceptible and resistantEucalyptusgenotypes.

Question Panel: Phinda Magagula, Granny Hlongwane, Taponeswa Tasiya, Nicole Soal

2019-04-10 16:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to Caryn Oates' PhD Prestige Seminar on Wednesday10 Aprilat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the talk is: "Eucalyptusmorphological and molecular responses toLeptocybe invasaoviposition".
Refreshments will be served afterthe seminar.
2019-04-04 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Felipe Balocchi

Phinda Magagula:The effects of Rosellinia necatrix on avocado physiology.

Granny Hlongwane:Investigating the Ceratocystis disease outbreak on Eucalyptus clones from KwaZulu-Natal.

Nicole Soal:Cloning the catechol dioxygenases of selected species of the Ceratocystidaceae.

Taponeswa Tasiya:Investigatingthe diversity and nodulation capabilities of rhizobia isolated fromDichrostachys cinereaandAcacia mearnsiion agricultural legumes.

Question Panel: Ashleigh Smith, Frances Lane

2019-04-03 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-04-01 08:30:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

FABI welcomes the University of Pretoria's new Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe who will address the Institute during the Monday Morning Meeting.

2019-03-28 14:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us forQuentin Santana's Prestige Seminar on Thursday28 Marchat14h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the presentation is: "Population and genomic analyses on the pitch canker pathogenFusarium circinatum".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-03-28 14:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us forQuentin Santana's Prestige Seminar on Thursday 28 Marchat14h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of the presentation is: "Population and genomic analyses on the pitch canker pathogenFusarium circinatum".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-03-28 14:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for Quentin Santana's Prestige Seminar on Thursday 28 Marchat14h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of hispresentation is: "Population and genomic analyses on the pitch canker pathogenFusarium circinatum".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-03-28 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ipeleng Randome

Ashleigh Smith:Characterisation of Lepidoptera species associated with Macadamia nut damage in South Africa.

Frances Lane:Transformation systems inCeratocystisalbifundus.

Question Panel: Ricu Claassens, Felipe Balocchi

2019-03-27 08:30:00 Special Seminar
Venue:
You are invited to aspecial seminar by Dr Wayne Hancockfrom Southern Cross University, Australiaon Wednesday27 Marchat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.
The title of histalk is: "Genetics and development work - Linking science to the field".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-03-25 08:30:00 PostDoc Seminar
Venue:

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Laure-Anne Poissonierwill be presenting a seminaron his research workduring the Monday Morning Meeting.

2019-03-20 08:30:00 TPCP Tree Planting
Venue: FABI nursery

All TPCP-CTHB students please join us for a tree planting session at the nursery. We should be done by lunchtime, but the more hands, the earlier we can finish. There will be snacks, pizzas and soft drinks!

2019-03-18 08:30:00 PostDoc Seminar
Venue:

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Raphael Ployet will be presenting a seminaron his research workduring the Monday Morning Meeting.

2019-03-14 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Agil Katumanyane

Felipe Balocchi: "Caliciopsis" canker of Araucaria (Araucaria araucana) in Chile.

Ricu Claassens:Describing a new bacterial species:Bradyrhizobium xenonodulanssp. nov.

Question Panel: Wilma Nel, Carol-Anne Segal, Eugene Kabwe

2019-03-11 08:30:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Professor Willie Nicol from Chemical Engineering wil be presenting a special seminar during the Monday Morning Meeting on his research work.

2019-03-07 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Marja O'Neill

Carol-Anne Segal:Functional analysis of aCercospora zeinaeffector usingAgrobacteriumtransient assays.

Wilma Nel:Investigating the diversity of bark and ambrosia beetles in native forests in Tzaneen.

Eugene Kabwe:Effector mining in theCercospora zeinagenome.

Question Panel: Ginna Granados, Ipeleng Randome, Agil Katumanyane

2019-03-06 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea in the courtyard.

2019-02-28 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Josephine Queffelec

Ginna Granados:Dothistromaseptosporum: Needle pathogenon sentinel plants ofSouth Africa planted material in Colombia.

Ipeleng Randome:Evaluation of woody plant-preferential Eucalyptus transcription factors in a hairy root reverse genetics system.

Agil Katumanyane:Potential forbiocontrolof the white grub -Schizonychaaffinisusing South Africa's localentomopathogenicnematodes.

Question panel: Mateka Modiba, Mary Ranketse

2019-02-27 15:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Professor Steven Chown of Monash University in Australia and internationally recognised academic and previously founder of the Centre for Invasion Biology (C.I.B.)will presenta special seminar in the FABI Auditorium on 27 Februaryat 15h00.

The title of his presentation is:Choosing our Future: Antarctic Science in a Global Setting.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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2019-02-21 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ginna Granados

Mateka Modiba:Identification of oomycetes associated with plum orchards in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Mary Ranketse:Genetic characterization and resources for Macadamia nut cultivars for advanced genetic breeding.

Question panel: Jesse Hartley, Demissew Teshome, Quintin Guignard

2019-02-14 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Firehiwot Eshetu

Jesse Hartley:

Demissew Teshome:The interaction between drought stress and infection byChrysoportheaustroafricanainEucalyptusgrandis.

Quintin Guignard:CatchingSirex noctilio: a treegonometree problem?

Question Panel: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry, Sanele Moyana, Angel Maduke

2019-02-07 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Quentin Guignard

Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry:Towards a CRISPR-cas9 system forFusarium circinatum.

Angel Maduke: Botryosphaeriaceae on Macadamia and their association with branch die-back and decline in South Africa.

Sanele Moyana:Diversity of rhizobial Methylobacterium species associated with indigenous legumes.

Question panel: Sung Hyu Luke Kim, Jane Ramaswe, Lazarus Mavima, Minette Havenga

2019-02-06 10:00:00 FABI Tea
Venue:

The FABI Social Club invites all FABIans to join them for the monthly FABI Tea. This month's theme is "Lots of Love" in anticipation of Valentines Day.

2019-01-31 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry

Lazarus Mavima:Taxonomic characterization ofParaburkholderia tuberumandParaburkholderia tuberum-like isolates from diverse papilionoid and mimosoid legumes.

Luke Kim:Exploring Glucuronoxylan biosynthesis genes and their potential for biorefinery applications of woody biomass.

Jane Ramaswe:The role of root exudates to elicit a response fromFusarium circinatuminfection.

Minette Havenga: Elucidation of the mating strategy ofthe Eucalyptusleaf pathogenTeratosphaeria destructansfrom six countries.

Question panel:Ashleigh Smith, Lungile Mabuza

2019-01-29 12:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join usfor FeiFei Liu's PhD Prestige Seminar on Tuesday29 Januaryat12h00in theFABI auditorium.
The title of hertalk is: "Species diversity and host associations of plant pathogenicCeratocystisspecies in China".
Refreshments will be served after the seminar.
2019-01-28 15:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:

Please joinfor Elrea Appelgryn's Prestige Seminar on Monday the28 Januaryat15h00in theFABI Auditorium.

The title of her presentationis: "Soybean blotchy mosaic virus: Molecular characterization and seasonal persistence".
Refreshments will be served after theseminar.
2019-01-14 08:30:00 FABI annual opening
Venue:

Breakfast for all FABIans after the meeting in the courtyard.

2019-01-11 02:00:00 Workshop

NSTF - South32 Awards: Special Annual Theme Award: Plant Health

Venue:

The Annual Theme Award can be awarded according to the criteria in any one of the other Awards categories, which are described in detail on separate pages and the respective nomination forms for each category.

In section 12 of the nomination forms (section 13 on the form for Engineering Research Capacity Development) additional input is requested to the extent that is practical.

 

Describe in what way the work and outputs described in the motivation involve plant health. A comprehensive description is needed and claims must be backed up with substantive information. Do not repeat what has already been set out in the motivation, but some reference to the relevant information is then necessary.

* What further developments would be necessary for the outputs described to become innovations if they are not already? Are these new uses new applications or reconfigurations of older applications?

* Over and above what has been stated in the motivation, is there any possible further contribution to plant health from the SET work?

* To what extent does the work and outputs provide for social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction?

* To what extent is the SET work resource efficient, and does it contribute to environmental protection and to the reduction of the effects of/on climate change?

* Describe to what extent the SET work contributes to the preservation of cultural values, supports diversity and respects heritage where applicable?

* Describe to what extent the SET work contributes to mutual understanding and peace and security?

* Provide an analysis of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the work being researched or developed

 

Contact:

Brenda Wingfield, brenda.wingfield@fabi.up.ac.za

Dave Berger, dave.berger@fabi.up.ac.za

 

 

 

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2018-12-06 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Firehiwot Eshetu

Nam Pham:Biotic factors associated withEucalyptusLittle Leaf Syndrome (ELLS) in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Ashleigh Smith:Characterisation of Lepidoptera species associated with Macadamia in South Africa.

Lungile Mabuza:Functional characterization of basic leucine zipper and related transcription factors in Arabidopsis.

Question panel: Juanita Engelbrecht; Kira Lynn; Caitlin Gevers; Fezile Mthunzi

2018-12-03 12:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for RunLei Chang's PhD Prestige Seminar in the FABI Auditorium on 3 December at 12h00.

Title: Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with conifer-infesting bark beetles and their mites in China.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2018-11-29 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Alisa Postma-Smidt

Juanita Engelbrecht:Microsatellite markers for population studies ofPhytophthora cinnamomi.

Kira Lynn: The potential threats of nativeEuwallacea fornicatusand its associated fungi to forestry in Sumatra.

Caitlin Gevers: The role of Hymenoptera associated with leptocybe galls in South Africa.

Fezile Mthunzi:Characterising terpene synthase genes inArmillariaspecies, with special reference toArmillaria mellea.

Question panel: Josephine Queffelec; Claudette Dewing; Zorada Swart; Barkat Ali

2018-11-22 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Demissew Tesfaye Teshome

Josephine Queffelec:Variations of Wolbachia infection levels in South African populations of Sirex noctilio.

Claudette Dewing:The potential of genome comparisons to reveal processes implicated in host-specificity in agriculturally important Fusarium species.

Zorada Swart:Characterizingimmunomodulation genes in theDeladenus-Sirexinteraction.

Barkat Ali: title pending

Question panel: Bianca Jardim; Juanita Avontuur; Leandri Bezuidenhout; Shannon Flemington

2018-11-21 10:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:
Please join us for Vou Shutt'sPrestige Seminar at 10:00 onWednesday 21 November in the FABI Auditorium.
Title: "Bacterial diseases of tomato in South Africa: Identification, population diversity and pathogenicity".
Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2018-11-15 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Jane Ramaswe

Bianca Jardim:Insect sex: a window into the diversity of sex determination mechanisms in the animal kingdom.

Juanita Avontuur:Genome inferred traits withinBradyrhizobiumlineages.

Leandri Bezuidenhout:Sniffing around inSirex noctilio’schemosensory genes.

Shannon Flemmington:Systemic defences induced byChrysoporthe austroafricanainEucalyptus grandis: A case of suspected defence priming.

Question panel: Lomile Khoete; Nomakula Zim; Lazarus Takawira, Luki-Marie Scheepers

2018-11-08 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest

Lomile Khoete:Investigating the population diversity ofGonipterusin South Africa.

Lazarus Takawira:Identification and characterization of SCW-related MYB binding motifs inEucalyptus grandis.

Luki-Marie Scheepers:An exploration of pheromones of the Pine Emperor Moth.

Question panel: Felipe Balocchi; Dineo Mailula; Julia Candotti

2018-11-01 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Danielle Roodt

Felipe Balocchi:Araucaria canker disease: investigating into the causal agent.

Dineo Mailula:Functional characterization of Ceratocystidaceae genes encoding Ehrlich pathway inEscherichia coli.

Julia Candotti:Nested, multi-parent genetic dissection of growth and wood development in Eucalyptus hybrid populations.

Question panel: Hannes Strydom; Michael du Toit; Phinda Magagula; Marja O'Neill

2018-10-25 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Bianca Jardim

Hannes Strydom:Developing a mathematical model to predict the population dynamics ofSirex noctilio.

Michael du Toit:The first report ofFusarium euwallaceaeonPersea americanain South Africa.

Phinda Magagula:Physiological response of South African Avocado rootstock to Rosellinia necatrix and evaluation of potential control strategies.

Marja O'Neill:Spatial and adaptive population structure and genetic diversity in nativeEucalyptusgrandis.

Question panel: Matthew Harris; Dorris Tshwane

2018-10-24 16:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar by Dr Richard Allen White III, from Washington State University, USA.

The title of hisseminaris: "Making sense of noise - unlocking your data towards knowledge"

Refreshments will be served after theseminar.

2018-10-18 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Kay Bophela

Hye Jin Lim:

Matthew Harris:

Dorris Tshwane:

Question panel:Tamanique Kampman; Modjadji Makwela; Juanita Hanneman, Granny Hlongwane

2018-10-11 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Marja O'Neill

Tamanique Kampman:Differential expression analysis ofPinus maximinoiunderFusarium circinatumchallenge.

Modjadji Makwela:Identification of mycorrhizae associated with four endemic South African orchids.

Juanita Hanneman:Assessing phosphite sensitivity of South AfricanPhytophthora cinnamomiisolates.

Granny Hlongwane:Identification of theCeratocystisspecies onEucalyptusclones in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Question panel:Puseletso Manyaka; Christoff Joubert; Frances Lane; Agil Katumanyane

2018-10-10 09:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:
The Hans Merensky Foundation (HMF) in association with FABI cordially invites you to theHans MerenskyFoundationFellowshiplecture on 10 October presented by Prof. Virginia Morales Olmos(2018 HMF Fellow)from the Department of Economics, University of theRepublic, Uruguay.
The title of the lecture is:"Economic impact modelling of diseases onEucalyptusin Uruguay".
2018-10-08 16:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

FABI will be hosting aSpecial Seminar by Prof Robert Parkfrom the Plant Breeding Institute at theUniversity of Sydneyon Monday the8Octoberat16h00in theFABI Auditorium.

Histalk is entitled: "Approaching 100 years of cereal rust research at the University of Sydney; lessons learnt and the way ahead.”

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

2018-10-08 11:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Dr Elizabeth DannfromQueensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.

Title: “Avocado pathology research at QAAFI, University of Queensland.”

2018-10-04 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Gina Shin

Puseletso Manyaka:

Christoff Joubert:Host preference ofGonipterussp. 2 and chemical analysis of susceptible and resistantEucalyptusgenotypes.

Frances Lane:Deletion of mating-type genes in the production of asexual spores inCeratocystis albifundus.

Agil Katumanyane:Steinerneman.sp. (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic nematode from South Africa.

Question panel: Melissa Joubert; Nicole Soal; Mateka Modiba

2018-09-28 11:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for Erika Viljoen’sPrestige Seminar onFriday28Septemberat11h00in theFABI Auditorium.

Erika’s talk is entitled: "Genetic diversity analysis of theAmaranthusgenus using genomic tools.”

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

2018-09-27 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Agil Katumanyane

Kay Bophela:Investigating the role of ring nematodes in predisposing plum trees to bacterial canker.

Melissa Joubert:Identification and manual annotation ofPhytophthora cinnamomiRxLR effector genes expressed during avocado infection.

Nicole Soal:The catechol dioxygenase genes of the Ceratocystidaceae.

Mateka Modiba:Identification of oomycetes associated with plum orchards in Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Question panel: Seamus Morgan; Sanele Moyana; Tanya Welgemoed, Carol-Ann Segal

2018-09-20 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Darryl Herron

Seamus Morgan:Mating in Quambalaria.

Sanele Moyana:Diversity of rhizobial Methylobacterium speciesassociated with indigenous legumes.

Tanya Welgemoed:De novoassembly of transcriptomes from near isogenic maize lines for novel defence gene discovery.

Carol-Ann Segal:Functional analysis ofCercospora zeinaeffectors usingagrobacterium transient assays.

Question panel: Ricu Claassens; Wilma Nel; Firehiwot Eshetu, Eugene Kabwe

2018-09-13 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Felipe Balocchi

Ricu Claassens:Plant growth-promoting bacteria in Eucalyptus.

Wilma Nel:Investigating the genomic patterns of bark and ambrosia beetle associated fungi.

Firehiwot Eshetu:Genetic diversity of the biocontrol nematodeDeladenus siricidicolain Australia and New Zealand.

Eugene Kabwe:Discovery of pathogenicity effectors from the Cercospora zeina genome.

Question panel: Quintin Guignard; Nikki Miguel

2018-09-06 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Stephanie van Wyk

Dr Julia Soewarto:Myrtle rust: dealing with an invasive pathogen in New Caledonia and New Zealand.

Quintin GuignardIdentification of a minor compound in the male pheromone ofSirex noctilio.

Nikki Miguel:Identification of typeVI secretion system effectors inPectobacterium cartovorumsubsp. brasiliensis".

Question panel: Stephanie van Wyk;Jesse Hartley

2018-08-30 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: JieQiong Li

Stephanie van Wyk:The RIPper, an online tool for genome-wide quantification of RIP mutations.

Jesse Hartley:The detection and surveillance of White Root Rot caused byRosellinia necatrixin South African avocado orchards.

Question panel: Ginna Granados; Lichelle Grobler

2018-08-27 12:00:00 Prestige Seminar
Venue:

Please join us forthe Prestige Seminar of Gabrielle Carstensenon Monday27 August, at12h00in the FABI Auditorium.

Title: "Bacterial wilt of Eucalyptus: understanding pathogenicity and the virulence of the causal agents."

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2018-08-24 10:00:00 Prestige Seminar
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Please join us forValentine Nakato’sPhD prestige seminar on Friday the24 Augustat10h00in the Plant Sciences ComplexAuditorium.

Title: "Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum: Population diversity and the identification of potential sources of resistance from banana accessions representing the Musa diversity worldwide.”

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2018-08-23 15:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar by Dr Emmanuel Wickeron Thursday the23 August, at15h00in the FABI Auditorium.

The title for his talk is: "What makes a plant pathogen cause emerging diseases? Insights from evolutionary biology and molecular epidemiology"

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

2018-08-23 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson:Lazarus Takawira

Ginna Granados:Evidence of recombination/hybridization of differentD. septosporumpopulation onPinussp.in Colombia.

Lichelle Grobler:Agrobacterium-mediated CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in Nicotiana benthaniama.

Question panel:Gina Shin; Lazarus Mavima

2018-08-16 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Ginna Granados

Gina Shin:Functional characterization of Hfq inPantoea ananatis.

Lazarus Mavima:Characterization of root nodulatingParaburkholderia tuberumisolates from papilionoid and mimosoid legumes.

Question panel:Claudio de Nuzzo; Alessandro Gricia; Julanie Stapelberg

2018-08-13 08:30:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a Special Seminar by Dr Ntsane Moleleki,Senior Specialist: Policy Investigations, Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Title:Progress on the Implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

2018-08-07 08:00:00 Special Seminar
Venue:

Please join us for a special seminar from 08h00-10h00 by three candidates being interviewed later in the week for the vacantABI/Plant and Soil Sciences academic position. The candidates, Dr Nicky Creux, Dr Markus Wilken and Dr Rosita Yocgo will present on their current work and their vision for the position going forward.

Presentation titles:

Dr Nicky Creux:The effect of a changing environment on the timing and co-ordination of flower maturation and pollinator visits.

Dr Markus Wilken:Birds do it and fungi do it: Sexual reproduction in the fungal family Ceratocystidaceae.

Dr Rosita Yocgo:Uniting plant biotechnology and modelling concepts to predict plant-environmental interactions.

Coffee and tea will be served after the presentation.

2018-08-02 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Rachel Mkandawire

Claudio de Nuzzo:Molecular identificationofSpodopterafrugiperdaand endogenous peptide defence in maize.

Alessandro Gricia:Investigating the zinc uptake regulator within Pcb1692.

Julanie Stapelberg:Recombinant protein production potential of South African microalgae.

Question panel: Tamanique Kampman; Teresia Macharia

2018-07-26 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Andi Wilson

Tamanique Kampman:Transcriptome assembly forPinus maximinoi.

Jane Ramaswe:Identifying mechanisms used and compounds secreted byFusarium circinatumfor chemotropicsensing of host plant signals.

Question panel: Daniel Harty; Teresia Macharia

2018-07-19 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Juanita Avontuur

Daniel Harty:Functional characterisation of novel Arabidopsis genes of unknown function involved in early secondary xylem development.

Teresia Macharia:Tolerance of potato (Solanum tuberosumL) cultivars and interaction with root knot nematode,Meloidogyne javanica.

Question panel: Andi Wilson; Hye Jin Lim

2018-07-16 08:30:00 PostDoc Seminar
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Please join us for a PostDoc Seminar by Dr Vuyiswa Bushula-Njah on Monday 16 July at 08h30.

Her talk is entitled:Stalk rot of sweet sorghum caused by genetically diverseFusarium thapsinumstrains".

2018-07-12 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Mandy Messal

Andi Wilson:Transformations, knockouts and mutants: A lesson in perseverance.

Sung Hyu Luke Kim:Exploring the glucuronoxylan biosynthetic genes inPopulusand their potential biorefinery applications.

Question panel: Phophi Nethononda, Emeldah Rikhotso, Felipe Balocchi

2018-07-05 08:30:00 Student Seminars
Venue:

Chairperson: Kay Bophela

Phophi Nethononda:The influence of genetic diversity on the fitness ofAnaphes nitensGirault (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae).

Emeldah Rikhotso:Eucalyptus leaf pathogens in commercial plantations in South Africa.

Felipe Balocchi:Araucaria (Araucaria