The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB, previously the CTHB) promotes the health of plants and trees. Research conducted under the umbrella of this Centre address some of the burning national challenges (particularly in terms of food security, sustainable use of natural resources, and economic growth), while at the same time building human capacity in these important arenas. The vision of the Centre is to utilize world-class scientific research and biotechnology for (i) promoting the long-term health and sustainable use of socioeconomically important plants, including trees and (ii) facilitating inclusive postgraduate education. In doing so, the CPHB would contribute to the protection of food and plant resources in South Africa (and to some extent Africa), as well as develop human capacity in this important field.

The CPHB is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CPHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa.

 

Contact information

Director of the CPHB: Prof Emma Steenkamp

Program manager of the CPHB: Prof Martin Coetzee

CHPB Administrator:  Ms Heidi Fysh

 

New Publications

Wang QC, Liu FF, Liu QL, Wu WX, Wingfield MJ, Chen SF. (2022) Comparison of hyphal fragments and spores to evaluate the pathogenicity of the Eucalyptus leaf and shoot pathogen Calonectria pseudoreteaudii. Plant Disease 10.1094/PDIS-01-22-0213-RE
Maphosa M, Steenkamp ET, Kanzi A, van Wyk S, De Vos L, Santana QC, Duong AT, Wingfield BD. (2022) Intra-species genomic variation in the pine pathogen Fusarium circinatum. Preprints 2022040298 10.20944/preprints202204.0298.v1 PDF
Jane Chepsergon, Celiwe Nxumalo, Brenda Salasini, Aquillah Kanzi, Lucy Moleleki. (2022) Short Linear Motifs (SLiMs) in “Core” RxLR Effectors of Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae: a Case of PpRxLR1 Effector. Microbiology Spectrum 10(2) 10.1128/spectrum.01774-21
Ashtekar N, Rajeshkumar KC, Yilmaz N, Visagie CM. (2022) A new Penicillium section Citrina species and series from India. Mycological Progress 21:42. 10.1007/s11557-022-01802-3
Burgess TI, Oliva J, Sapsford SJ, Sakalidis ML, Balocchi F, Paap T. (2022) Anthropogenic disturbances and the emergence of native diseases: a threat to forest health. Current Forestry Reports 10.1007/s40725-022-00163-0 PDF