Prof Bernard Slippers
FABI
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Prof Irene Barnes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Martin Coetzee
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Tuan Duong
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Almuth Hammerbacher
Zoology and Entomology
Associate Professor
Prof Brett Hurley
Zoology and Entomology
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Prof Tjaart Krüger
Physics
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Dr Thabiso Motaung Motaung
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Sanushka Naidoo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Prof Emma Steenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Noelani van den Berg
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Prof Albe van der Merwe
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Fanus Venter
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Cobus Visagie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Markus Wilken
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Brenda Wingfield
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
DST / NRF SARChI Chair in Fungal Genomics
Prof Mike Wingfield
FABI
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Dr Neriman Yilmaz
FABI
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Prof Jeremy Allison
FABI
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Dr Wubetu Bihon
FABI
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Prof Treena Burgess
FABI
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Dr ShuaiFei Chen
FABI
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Prof Pedro Crous
FABI
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Dr Jeff Garnas
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Chrizelle Krynauw (née Beukes)
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Carlos Rodas
FABI
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Prof Jolanda Roux
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Dr Janneke Aylward
FABI
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Dr Tanay Bose
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Lieschen De Vos
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Trudy Paap
FABI
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Dr Michelle Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Felipe Balocchi
FABI
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Dr Firehiwot Eshetu
FABI
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Dr Mesfin Gossa
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Privilege Makunde
FABI
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Dr Nam Pham
FABI
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Dr Ariska van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Harm Barten
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Claudette Dewing
FABI
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Caitlin Gevers
Zoology and Entomology
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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FABI
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FABI
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FABI
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FABI
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Ms WenWen Li
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FABI
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FABI
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FABI
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Mr Mkhululi Maphosa
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FABI
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Mr Lazarus Mavima
FABI
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FABI
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Mr Tshepo Joseph Mmushi
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FABI
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Mr Siphephelo Phungula
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Ms Jenna-Lee Price
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Ms Jane Baile Ramaswe
FABI
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Ms Manchela Francinah Ratsoma
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Ms Luki-Marie Scheepers
FABI
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Mr Preston Shaw
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Ms Nomfundo Shinga
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FABI
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Mr Garyn Townsend
FABI
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Ms Alida van Dijk
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Melandre Van Lill
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Nicole van Vuuren
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Lente van Zyl
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Edwin Wanjofu
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Zoology and Entomology
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Mr Adam Bazerbachi
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Mr Callin Ceriani
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Taygen Fuchs
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Johan F. Griesel
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Christiaan Grobler
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Mr Lehlohonolo Hlahane
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Ms Zimazile Jazi
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Marizanne Jones
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Harris Keetse
FABI
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Mr Nigel Kombora
Zoology and Entomology
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Mr Kyle Leeuwendaal
FABI
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Ms Chulumanco Majavu
Zoology and Entomology
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FABI
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Ms Ongeziwe Mbhele
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Ms Monique Muller
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Kiara Munsamy
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Ruth Nante
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
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Ms Anja Piso
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Lizzy Ramela
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Boitshoko Mercia Rammuki
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Vera Röder
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Mr Alinaswe Selebi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Drake Slabbert
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Mr Michal Slupski
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Hannes Strydom
FABI
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Ms Taponeswa Tasiya
FABI
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Mr Grant Terblanche
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Bertus van Rooy
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Anien Viljoen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Nkhoye Zondo
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Ms Janie Coetzer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Mr Kyle Craninx
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Jennifer Gomes de Freitas
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Promise Ndlovu
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Ms Jemma Smith
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology


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Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Allison JD, Barreto RW, Boekhout T, Boers J, Delgado MA, Dewing C, Fitza KNE, Furtado ECA, Gaya E, Hill R, Hobden A, Hu DM, Hülsewig T, Khonsanit A, Luangsa-Ard JJ, Mthembu A, Pereira CM, Price J-L, Pringle A, Qikani N, Sandoval-Denis M, Shumacher RK, Seifert KA, Slippers B, Tennakoon DS, Thanakitpipattana D, vanVuuren N, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW. (2024) New and Interesting Fungi. 7.. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 13:441–494. 10.3114/fuse.2024.13.12 PDF
Coutinho TA, Carstensen G, Venter SN, Chen SF, Tarigan M, Wingfield MJ. (2024) Bacterial community in apparently healthy and asymptomatic Eucalyptus trees and those with symptoms of bacterial wilt. Journal of Plant Pathology 10.1007/s42161-024-01697-x
Visagie CM, Cruywagen EM, Duong TA. (2024) A new Paecilomyces from wooden utility poles in South Africa. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 13:163–181. 10.3114/fuse.2024.13.10
Aylward J, Wilson AM, Visagie CM, Spraker J, Barnes I, Buitendag C, Ceriani C, Del Mar Angel L, du Plessis D, Fuchs T, Gasser K, Krämer D, Li W, Munsamy K, Piso A, Price J-L, Sonnekus B, Thomas C, van der Nest A, van Dijk A, van Heerden A, van Vuuren N, Yilmaz N, Duong TA, van der Merwe NA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2024) IMA Genome – F19: A genome assembly and annotation guide to empower mycologists, including annotated draft genome sequences of Ceratocystis pirilliformis, Diaporthe australafricana, Fusarium ophioides, Paecilomyces lecythidis, and Sporothrix stenoceras. IMA Fungus 15(1):12. 10.1186/s43008-024-00142-z
Ceriani C, Wingfield MJ, Fru F, van Wyk S, Rodas C, Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET. (2024) Clonality and limited population diversity of Fusarium circinatum in Colombia. Forest Pathology 54(3):e12864. 10.1111/efp.12864