Prof Bernard Slippers
FABI
Director of FABI

Prof Fanus Venter
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor in Microbiology

Prof Mike Wingfield
FABI
Founding Director of FABI

Prof Irene Barnes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Prof Martin Coetzee
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Research Leader
Prof Wilhelm de Beer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Dr Tuan Duong
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Dr Gerda Fourie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Almuth Hammerbacher
Zoology and Entomology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Brett Hurley
Zoology and Entomology
Associate Professor
Prof Tjaart Krüger
Physics
Associate Professor
Dr Thabiso Motaung Motaung
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Lecturer
Prof Sanushka Naidoo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Prof Emma Steenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor
Prof Noelani van den Berg
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Prof Albe van der Merwe
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Prof Cobus Visagie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Team Member
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

Dr Lieschen De Vos
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
Research Fellow
Dr Fahimeh Jami
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Esther Muema
FABI
Senior Researcher, FLAIR fellow
Dr Trudy Paap
FABI
Research Fellow
Dr Quentin Santana
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Research Fellow
Dr Neriman Yilmaz
FABI
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Prof Jeremy Allison
FABI
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Dr Wubetu Bihon
FABI
Extra-ordinary Lecturer
Prof Treena Burgess
FABI
Professor
Dr ShuaiFei Chen
FABI
Extra-ordinary Lecturer
Prof Pedro Crous
FABI
Associate Professor
Dr Jeff Garnas
Zoology and Entomology
Senior Lecturer
Dr Carlos Rodas
FABI
Extra-ordinary Professor
Prof Jolanda Roux
Plant and Soil Sciences
Professor
Dr Magriet van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Mr Morne Booij-Liewes
FABI
Communications Officer and Immediate Past IUFRO President's Liaison Officer
Ms Samantha Bush
FABI
Research Assistant
Ms Sandisiwe Jali
FABI
Field Extension: Biological Control
Ms Pritty Khumalo
FABI
Senior Laboratory technician
Mr Josias Letaoana
FABI
Technical assistant (field extension)
Dr Seonju Marincowitz
FABI
Research fellow & Curator
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Zandile Mngadi
FABI
Research Assistant at the Biological control centre (Experimental farm)
Mr Celani Nkosi
FABI
Junior Research Assistant
Ms Alisa Postma
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Research Assistant
Ms Lydia Twala
FABI
Senior Laboratory Technician
Ms Madelein van Heerden
FABI
Personal Assistant to Prof Bernard Slippers

Dr Janneke Aylward
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Chrizelle Beukes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Tanay Bose
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Gabrielle Carstensen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Katrin Fitza
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Felix Fru
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Mesfin Gossa
Zoology and Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Quentin Guignard
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Aquillah Kanzi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Jan Nagel
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow PhD Student
Dr Wilma Nel
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Caryn Oates Oates
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Olabimpe Yewande Orubuloye
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Josephine Queffelec
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Michelle Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Melissa Simpson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Hiroyuki Suzuki
FABI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Stephanie van Wyk
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Andi Wilson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ms Omotayo Adegeye
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Juanita Avontuur
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Mr Felipe Balocchi
FABI
PhD student
Mr Harm Barten
Zoology and Entomology
PhD student
Ms Annie Chan
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Claudette Dewing
FABI
PhD student
Ms Firehiwot Eshetu
FABI
PhD student
Mr Murilo Fonseca Ribeiro
FABI
PhD student
Ms Caitlin Gevers
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Ginna M. Granados
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Mathew Harris
FABI
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FABI
PhD student
Mr Darryl Herron
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Agil Katumanyane
FABI
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Ms GOSIAME PEARL KOOLEBOGILE
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Ms Frances Lane
FABI
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Mr GuoQing Li
FABI
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Ms WenWen Li
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Ms QianLi Liu
FABI
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Ms Kira Lynn
FABI
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Mr Privilege Makunde
FABI
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Mr Mkhululi Maphosa
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Angelica Marsberg-De Villiers
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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FABI
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Mr Lazarus Mavima
FABI
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Ms Pfano Mbedzi
FABI
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Ms Mandy Messal
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Rachel Mkandawire
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Deborah Narh Mensah
FABI
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Ms Phophi Nethononda
FABI
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Mr Nam Pham
FABI
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Ms Mmatshepho Phasha
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Jane Baile Ramaswe
FABI
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Ms Manchela Francinah Ratsoma
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Luki-Marie Scheepers
FABI
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Ms Myriam Solis
FABI
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Ms Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Marthin Tarigan
Plant and Soil Sciences
PhD student
Mr Renaan Thompson
Plant and Soil Sciences
PhD student
Ms Ariska van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student

Ms Jade Ashmore
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Shivan Bezuidenhout
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Ricu Claassens
FABI
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Ms Vinolia Danki
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Lihan Esterhuizen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Lehlohonolo Hlahane
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Granny Hlongwane
FABI
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Ms Lomile Khoete
FABI
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Ms Leandri Klynsmith
FABI
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Ms Daniella Krämer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Kyle Leeuwendaal
FABI
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Ms Teboho Letsoalo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Mabodiba Maake
FABI
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Ms Pozisa Majaja
FABI
MSc student
Ms Idea Makowe
FABI
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Ms Sophie Makua
FABI
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Ms Modjadji Makwela
FABI
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Ms Nomaswazi Maseko
FABI
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Mr Lindokuhle Masimula
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Keamogetswe Maswanganyi
FABI
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Ms Ongeziwe Mbhele
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Uyabongeka Memela
Plant and Soil Sciences
MSc student
Ms Fezile Mthunzi
FABI
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Ms Ruth Nante
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
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Ms Chizné Peremore
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Jenna-Lee Price
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Mr Omar Purba
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Ms Nombulelo Qikani
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Lizzy Ramela
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Boitshoko Mercia Rammuki
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Emeldah Rikhotso
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Vera Röder
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Ms Lebone Sebapu
FABI
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Mr Preston Shaw
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Hannes Strydom
FABI
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Ms Rachel Swanepoel
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Ms Zorada Swart
FABI
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Ms Taponeswa Tasiya
FABI
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Ms Louisa Terblanche
FABI
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Ms Cheyenne Theron
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Mr Garyn Townsend
FABI
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Ms Elmarie van der Merwe
Zoology and Entomology
MSc student
Ms Nicole van Vuuren
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Lente van Zyl
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Sumari Venter
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Anien Viljoen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Edwin Wanjofu
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Callin Ceriani
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Danielle Denyssen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Deanné Du Plessis
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Ms Monique Muller
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Mr Alinaswe Selebi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Mr Michal Slupski
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

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New Publications

Avontuur JR, Palmer M, Beukes CW, Wai YC, Tasiya T, van Zyl E, Coetzee MPA, Stepkowski T, Venter SN, Steenkamp ET. (2022) Bradyrhizobium altum sp. nov., Bradyrhizobium oropedii sp. nov. and Bradyrhizobium acaciae sp. nov. from South Africa show locally restricted and pantropical nodA phylogeographic patterns. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 167 10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107338 PDF
Aylward J, Wingfield MJ, Roets F, Wingfield BD. (2021) A high-quality fungal genome assembly resolved from a sample accidentally contaminated by multiple taxa. BioTechniques 72 10.2144/btn-2021-0097
Van Rooyen E, Paap T, De Beer ZW, Townsend G, Fell S, Nel WJ, Morgan S, Hill M, Roets F. (2021) The polyphagous shot hole borer beetle: Current status of a perfect invader in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 117(11/12) 10.17159/sajs.2021/9736
De Beer ZW, Fell S. (2021) The Threat of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer to Pecan Trees is perhaps less than initially expected. SA Pecan 90:29-31. bit.ly/3kZpldC PDF
Pyrri I, Visagie CM, Soccio P, Houbraken J. (2021) Re-Evaluation of the Taxonomy of Talaromyces minioluteus. Journal of Fungi 7:993. 10.3390/jof7110993
Chang R, Wingfield MJ, Marincowitz S, De Beer ZW, Zhou X, Duong TA. (2021) Ophiostomatoid fungi including a new species associated with Asian larch bark beetle Ips subelongatus, in Heilongjiang (Northeast China). Fungal Systematics and Evolution 8:155-161. 10.3114/fuse.2021.08.12
Si H-L, Zheng X-X, Li X-C, Su Y-M, Bose T, Chang R-L. (2021) Dlhawksworthia flavoparmeliae sp. nov., a new endolichenic fungus in Phaeosphaeriaceae. Phytotaxa 525(1):51-58. 10.11646/phytotaxa.525.1.6
Sun BD, Visagie CM, Chen AJ, Houbraken J. (2021) A taxonomic review of Penicillium section Charlesia. Mycological Progress 20(11):1383–1397. 10.1007/s11557-021-01735-3
Zhang Y, Zhou Y, Sun W, Zhao L, Pavlic-Zupanc D, Crous PW, Slippers B, Dai Y. (2021) Toward a natural classification of Botryosphaeriaceae: A study of the type specimens of Botryosphaeria sensu lato. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:2938. 10.3389/fmicb.2021.737541
Swart Z, Duong T, Wingfield BD, Postma A, Slippers B. (2021) The relevance of studying insect–nematode interactions for human disease. Pathogens and Global Health 10.1080/20477724.2021.1996796
Liu LL, Wu WX, Chen SF. (2021) Species diversity and distribution characteristics of Calonectria in five soil layers in a Eucalyptus plantation. Journal of Fungi 7:857. 10.3390/jof7100857 PDF
Chang R-L, Zhang X, Hongli S, Zhao G, Yuan X, Liu T, Bose T, Dai M. (2021) Ophiostomatoid species associated with pine trees (Pinus spp.) infested by Cryphalus piceae from eastern China, including five new species. Mycokeys 83:181-208. 10.3897/mycokeys.83.70925
Duong AT, Aylward J, Ametrano CG, Poudel E, Santana QC, Wilken PM, Martin A, Arun-Chinnappa KS, De Vos L, DiStefano I, Grewe F, Huhndorf S, Lumbsch HT, Rakoma JR, Steenkamp ET, Sun Y, van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, Yilmaz N, Wingfield BD. (2021) Draft genome assembly of Fusarium pilosicola, Meredithiella fracta, Niebla homalea, Pyrenophora teres hybrid WAC10721, and Teratosphaeria viscida. IMA Fungus 12(1):30. 10.1186/s43008-021-00077-9
Séité S, Harrison MC, Sillam-Dussés D, Lupoli R, Van Dooren TJM, Robert A, Poissonnier L-A, Lemainque A, Renault D, Acket S, Andrieu M, Viscarra J, Sul HS, de Beer ZW, Bornberg-Bauer E, Vasseur-Cognet M. (2021) Lifespan prolonging mechanisms and insulin upregulation without fat accumulation in long-lived reproductives of a higher termite. bioRxiv PREPRINT 10.1101/2021.05.10.443390
Human ZR, Roets F, Crous CJ, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW, Venter SN. (2021) Fire impacts bacterial composition in Protea repens (Proteaceae) infructescences. FEMS Microbiology Letters 10.1093/femsle/fnab132
Wilson AM, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2021) Genetic networks that govern sexual reproduction in the Pezizomycotina. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 85(4):e00020-21. 10.1128/MMBR.00020-21. PDF
NandaKafle G, Huegen T, Potgieter SC, Steenkamp ET, Venter SN, Brözel VS. (2021) Niche Preference of Escherichia coli in a Peri-Urban Pond Ecosystem. Life 11 10.3390/life11101020 PDF
Nagel JH, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2021) Next-generation sequencing provides important insights into the biology and evolution of the Botryosphaeriaceae. Fungal Biology Reviews 38:25-43. 10.1016/j.fbr.2021.09.002
Liu FF, Duong TA, Barnes I, Wingfield MJ, Chen SF. (2021) Population diversity and genetic structure reveal patterns of host association and anthropogenic impact for the globally important fungal tree pathogen Ceratocystis manginecans. Journal of Fungi 7:759. 10.3390/jof7090759 PDF
Tsopelas P, Soulioti N, Wingfield MJ, Barnes I, Marincowitz S, Tjamos EC, Paplomatas EJ. (2021) Ceratocystis ficicola causing a serious disease of Ficus carica in Greece. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 60(2):337-349. 10.36253/phyto-12794
Visagie CM, Goodwell M, Nkwe DO. (2021) Aspergillus diversity from the Gcwihaba Cave in Botswana and description of one new species. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 8:81-89. 10.3114/fuse.2021.08.07
Si H-L, Su Y-M, Zheng X-X, Ding M-Y, Bose T, Chang R-L. (2021) Phylogenetic and morphological analyses of Coniochaeta isolates recovered from Inner Mongolia and Yunnan revealed three new endolichenic fungal species. Mycokeys 83:105-121. 10.3897/mycokeys.83.71140
Nel WJ, De Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ, Poulsen M, Aanen DK, Wingfield BD, Duong TA. (2021) Phylogenetic and phylogenomic analyses reveal two new genera and three new species of ophiostomatalean fungi from termite fungus combs. Mycologia 10.1080/00275514.2021.1950455
Thabiso E Motaung, Emma T Steenkamp. (2021) Extracellular Vesicles in Teasing Apart Complex Plant-Microbiota Links: Implications for Microbiome-Based Biotechnology. mSystems 6(4):e00734-21. 10.1128/mSystems.00734-21.
Huang JB, Hammerbacher A, Gershenzon J, van Dam NM, Sala A, McDowell NG, Chowdhury S, Gleixner G, Trumbore S, Hartmann H. (2021) Storage of carbon reserves in Spruce trees is prioritized over growth in the face of carbon limitation. PNAS 118(33):e2023297118. 10.1073/pnas.2023297118
Van de Peppel LJJ, Nieuwenhuis M, Auxier B, Grum-Grzhimaylo AA, Cardenas ME, de Beer ZW, Lodge DJ, Smith ME, Kuyper TW, Franco-Molano AE, Baroni TJ, Aanen DK. (2021) Ancestral predisposition toward a domesticated lifestyle in the termite-cultivated fungus Termitomyces. Current Biology 10.1016/j.cub.2021.07.070
Jackson C, Christie N, Reynolds SM, Marais GC, Tii-kuzu Y, Caballero M, Kampman T, Visser EA, Naidoo S, Kain D, Whetten RW, Isik F, Wegrzyn J, Hodge GR, Acosta JJ, Myburg AA. (2021) A genome- wide SNP genotyping resource for tropical pine tree species. Molecular Ecology Resources 10.1111/1755-0998.13484 PDF
Phasha MM, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Coetzee MPA, Hammerbacher A, Steenkamp ET. (2021) Deciphering the effect of FUB1 disruption on fusaric acid production and pathogenicity in Fusarium circinatum. Fungal Biology 10.1016/j.funbio.2021.07.002
Nagel JH, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2021) Increased abundance of secreted hydrolytic enzymes and secondary metabolite gene clusters define the genomes of latent plant pathogens in the Botryosphaeriaceae. BMC Genomics 22(1):589. 10.1186/s12864-021-07902-w PDF
Ostafińska A, Jankowiak R, Bilański P, Solheim H, Wingfield MJ. (2021) Six new species of Sporothrix from hardwood trees in Poland. MycoKeys 82 10.3897/mycokeys.82.66603