Diversity Array Technology (DArT) workshop (31 March - 2 April 2008)

The focus of the workshop was introducing participants to the possibility of utilizing DArT markers in breeding and genotyping Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) SEED funding initiative

Course presenters:

Dr. Andrzej Kilian, Diversity Array Technology PTY. Ltd, Canberra, Australia Dr. Matias Kirst, University of Florida, Florida, USA.

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Virus induced gene silencing workshop (11-15 February 2008)

The workshop consisted of a one-day symposium and a four-day laboratory workshop.

Funded by the Royal Society (UK) and the NRF (RSA)

Course presenters:

Prof. Paul Birch, Plant Pathology, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK Dr. Eleanor Gilroy, Scottish, Genetics Programme, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), Dundee, Scotland, UK

Dr. Ingo Hein, Scottish, Genetics Programme, Scottish Crop Research institute (SCRI), Dundee, Scotland, UK
Dr. Bridget Crampton, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biosciences, Pretoria, SA Dr. Eduard Venter, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, SA Ms. Irene van Nugteren, Department of Plant Science, University of Pretoria, SA

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GCP Training course in Databases, Internet Resources and bioinformatics for crop improvement (September 2006)

Funded by the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) of the CGIAR, sub-programme: Capacity Building

Co-presenters: Prof Jan Peter Nap, Applied Bioinformatics, Plant Research International, Wagenigen University Research Centre, Netherlands, and Dr. Yoseph Beyene, UP.

Twenty participants from National Agricultural Research Centres in Africa.

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Microarray Laboratory Training Course (28 May-2 June 2006)

Microarray Laboratory Training Workshop II, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria. Presented several of the theory lectures.

Sixteen participants from throughout BioPAD region in South Africa.

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Microarray Laboratory Training Course (Nov 2005)

Microarray Laboratory Training Workshop I, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria. Presented several of the theory lectures.

Sixteen participants from throughout BioPAD region in South Africa.

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Training Course (Nov 2003)

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) practical course &#39Integrated molecular diagnostics for tick-borne pathogens using RLB-hybridisation and microarray based biochips&#39.

Organized by UP Veterinary Faculty and University of Utrecht.

Fifteen participants from Developing countries.

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Training Course (April 2002)

Differential gene expression profiling and bacterial genome subtraction using Suppression Subtractive Hybridisation (SSH).

Jointly organized with University of Durban-Westville, held in Microarray Lab at University of Pretoria.

Course leaders from Scottish Crops Research Institute.

Fifteen participants from throughout South Africa.

New Publications

Viljoen E, Odeny DA, Coetzee MPA, Berger DK, Rees DJG. (2018) Application of Chloroplast Phylogenomics to Resolve Species Relationships Within the Plant Genus Amaranthus. Journal of Molecular Evolution 86(3-4):216-239. 10.1007/s00239-018-9837-9
Liversage J, Coetzee MPA, Bluhm BH, Berger DK, Crampton BG. (2018) LOVe across kingdoms: Blue light perception vital for growth and development in plant–fungal interactions. Fungal Biology Reviews 10.1016/j.fbr.2017.11.003
Wingfield BD, Berger DK, Steenkamp ET, Lim H-J, Duong TA, Bluhm BH, De Beer ZW, De Vos L, Fourie G, Naidoo K, Olivier NA, Lin Y, Van der Peer Y, Joubert F, Crampton BG, Swart V, Soal N, Tatham C, Van der Nest MA, Van der Merwe NA, Van Wyk S, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ. (2017) IMA Genome-F 8 Draft genome of Cercospora zeina, Fusarium pininemorale, Hawksworthiomyces lignivorus, Huntiella decipiens and Ophiostoma ips. IMA Fungus 8 (2):385‑396. 10.5598/imafungus.2017.08.02.10
Meyer J, Berger DK, Christensen SA, Murray SL. (2017) RNA-Seq analysis of resistant and susceptible sub-tropical maize lines reveals a role for kauralexins in resistance to grey leaf spot disease, caused by Cercospora zeina. BMC Plant Biology 17:197. 10.1186/s12870-017-1137-9
Amuge T, Berger DK, Katari MS, Myburg AA, Goldman SL, Ferguson ME. (2017) A time series transcriptome analysis of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) varieties challenged with Ugandan cassava brown streak virus. Scientific Reports 7:9747. 10.1038/s41598-017-09617-z