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2016
Student: Elsie Magretha Cruywagen
Thesis Title: Diversity and taxonomy of fungi infecting species of Adansonia (Baobab)
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: Waheed Mahomed
Thesis Title: Describing the continuum of salicylic acid and jasmonic acid mediated defence response in avocado-Phytophtora cinnamomi interaction
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: Ronishree Mangwanda
Thesis Title: Transcriptional profiling of Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana elucidates host defence mechanisms and putative pathogenicity strategies
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisor: Dr. N. A. van der Merwe, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Ritesh Mewalal
Thesis Title: Functional characterisation of cell wall-related proteins of unknown function (CW-PUFs) in Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisor: Dr. E. Mizrachi, Prof. S. Mansfield
 
Student: Sarai Olivier-Espejel
Thesis Title: Patterns and drivers of insect community diversity and composition in non-native black wattle and pine plantations in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. J. Garnas
Co-advisor: Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
2015
Student: Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Thesis Title: Molecular ecology and management of Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae)
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
Student: Gerda Fourie
Thesis Title: Evolution of mitochondrial genomes in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. N. A. van der Merwe
 
Student: Jeanne Korsman
Thesis Title: Molecular responses of maize to its foliar pathogen, Cercospora zeina
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: DongHyeon Lee
Thesis Title: Invasive biology of Ceratocystis in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: David Read
Thesis Title: Improving co-existence of the citrus industry and Citrus Tristeza virus through better genotype detection and understanding populations
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
 
Student: Bianca Reeksting
Thesis Title: Elucidating the early response of Persea americana to Phytophthora cinnamomi and flooding
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
Co-advisor: Dr. N. Taylor
 
Student: Stephen Taerum
Thesis Title: Origin and diversity of the invasive red turpentine beetle and its fungal symbionts
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Stefan van Wyk
Thesis Title: Soybean nodule development and senescence: The role of cysteine proteases and their inhibitors
Supervisor: Dr. B. J. Vorster
Co-advisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Tania Weller-Stuart
Thesis Title: Genomic and functional characterization in Pantoea ananatis
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. I. Toth, Dr. P. de Maayer
 
Student: Markus Wilken
Thesis Title: Mating in Ceratocystis
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Mingliang Yin
Thesis Title: Taxonomic revision of four major species complexes in the Ophiostomatales (Fungi, Ascomycota), with specific reference to associates of conifer-infesting bark beetles in China
Supervisor: Dr. Z. W. de Beer
Co-advisor: Dr. X. D. Zhou, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2014
Student: Bertha-Lucia de Castro
Thesis Title: Diseases of coffee with particular references to those affecting stems and roots in Colombia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. J. Roux
 
Student: Nanette Christie
Thesis Title: Transcriptional regulation underlying the quantitative genetic response of maize to grey leaf spot disease
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Nicole M. Creux
Thesis Title: In silica and functional characterization of the cellulose synthase 1 gene promoter of Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisor: Prof. C. Maritz-Olivier
 
Student: Dawit Degefu
Thesis Title: Ecology and genetic diversity of Coryphodema tristis on Eucalyptus nitens in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Dr. J. R. Garnas, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. B. P. Hurley
 
Student: Karen Anne Eatwell
Thesis Title: Remediation of instability in Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) in tree breeding populations
Supervisor: Prof. C. Z. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. S. D. Verryn
 
Student: James du Guesclin Harrison
Thesis Title: Phylogeny of the Pegyline and taxonomy of selected southern African Leucopholina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae), with an emphasis on genera of agricultural concern
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Steven Grant Hussey
Thesis Title: Functional genomics of NAC transcription factor SND2 regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Fahimeh Jami
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Acacia karroo in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. M. Gryzenhout
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Matome Eugene Makgopa
Thesis Title: Production and characterization of trangenic Arabidopsis and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) plants overexpressing oryzacystatin-1
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Celia M. Martins
Thesis Title: Characterizing four cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Mozambican landraces deposited in a seed bank for drought tolerance
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Michael Mbenoun
Thesis Title: Diversity, ecology and taxonomy of tree infecting Ceratocystis species in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Eshchar Mizrachi
Thesis Title: Functional genomics and systems genetics of cellulose biosynthesis in Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Divine Y. Shyntum
Thesis Title: Characterising the Type VI secretion system in Pantoea ananatis
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Dr. L. N. Moleleki
 
2013
Student: Rodrigo J. Ahumada N.
Thesis Title: Diseases of Pinus radiata in Chile
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: Tuan Duong Anh
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, mating type distribution and population biology in species of Leptographium and Grosmannia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Berhanu Amsalu Fenta
Thesis Title: Investigation of the physiological responses in soybean and common beans to water deficit
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: James du Guesclin Harrison
Thesis Title: Phylogeny of the Pegylina and taxonomy of selected southern African Leucopholina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae): with an emphasis on genera of agricultural concern
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Anand R. K. Kullan
Thesis Title: Genomic mapping of growth and wood properties in interspecific hybrids of Eucalyptus grandis and E. urophylla
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Kershney Naidoo
Thesis Title: Mitochondrial genomes and concerted evolution in Ceratocystis
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Carlos Alberto Rodas Peláez
Thesis Title: Important pests and diseases of plantation grown pines and Eucalyptus in Colombia and their control
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: René Sutherland
Thesis Title: The effect of cold stress on resistance in Cavendish bananas to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense "subtropical" race 4
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
Co-advisors: Prof. A. Viljoen, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Matšepo Motšelisi Taole
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic reassessment and population biology of the Eucalyptus pathogen Teratosphaeria suttonii isolated from diseased Eucalyptus leaves
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. T. I Burgess, Dr. M. Gryzenhout
 
Student: Marelize van Wyk
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of species in Ceratocystis sensu lato
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2012
Student: Ali 'Obaid Khamis Al 'Adawi
Thesis Title: Studies on Ceratocystis spp. associated with mango die-back in Oman
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. Deadman, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. I. Barnes
 
Student: Zacharias Wilhelm de Beer
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of Ophiostoma spp. with Sporothrix anamorphs and their generic relationships in the Ophiostomatales
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Lieschen de Vos
Thesis Title: Genetic linkage map and QTL analysis of a cross between Fusarium subglutinans and Fusarium circinatum
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Endale G. Kedisso
Thesis Title: Manipulation of gibberellin biosynthesis for the control of plant height in tef (Eragrostis tef) for lodging resistance
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Richard G. Mitchell
Thesis Title: Reducing the risk of the pitch canker fungus (Fusarium circinatum) to Pinus patula in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: David Talengera
Thesis Title: Functional analysis of Cyclin D2;1-type genes expressed in transgenic banana plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. G. T. S. Beemster
 
Student: Nicolaas Albertus van der Merwe
Thesis Title: Phylogeography and population biology of Chrysoporthe austroafricana and allied species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2011
Student: ShuaiFei Chen
Thesis Title: Fungal diseases of eucalypts in China
Supervisor: Dr. X. D. Zhou
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Roux, Prof. Y. J. Xie, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Charles Amadeus Hefer
Thesis Title: Assembly, annotation and polymorphism analysis of a draft transcriptome sequence for a fast-growing Eucalyptus plantation tree
Supervisor: Prof. F. Joubert
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Wubetu Bihon Legesse
Thesis Title: Understanding the global population genetics of Diplodia pinea and its life cycle in plantation pines
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers, Dr. T. Burgess
 
Student: María-Noel Cortinas Irazabal
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population genetics of Teratosphaeria causing stem cankers on Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Pieter de Maayer
Thesis Title: Genome comparisons to identify selected pathogenicity factors of a plant-associated Pantoea ananatis strain
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Dr. P. R. J. Birch
 
Student: Rosita Endah Yocgo
Thesis Title: Functional characterization of two banana NPR1 genes for pathogen defense response in Arabidopsis
Supervisor: Dr. R. Chikwamba
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Adriaana Jacobs
Thesis Title: Taxonomy of species within the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
Student: Gilbert Kamgan Nkuekam
Thesis Title: Ophiostomatoid fungi and their insect associates on Eucalyptus trees in Australia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alejandro Guillermo Pérez Suárez
Thesis Title: Global genetic diversity of the Eucalyptus leaf pathogen Teratosphaeria nubilosa species complex in native forests and commercial plantations
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: Zacharias Hendrik Swanevelder
Thesis Title: Aphid-plant interactions and the possible role of an endosymbiont in aphid biotype development
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. E. Venter
 
Student: Magrieta Aletta van der Nest
Thesis Title: Mycelial compatibility in Amylostereum areolatum
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. J. Stenlid
 
2010
Student: Aime-Didier Begoude Boyogueno
Thesis Title: Characterization of Botryosphaeriaceae and Cryphonectriaceae associated with Terminalia spp. in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alvaro Jorge Durán Sandoval
Thesis Title: Determination and characterization of the causal agent of Pinus radiata needle blight in Chile
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. M. Gryzenhout, Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: William Andile Grootboom
Thesis Title: Effect of RNAi down-regulation of three lysine-deficient kafirins on the seed lysine content of sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]
Supervisor: Dr. R. Chikwamba
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Brett Phillip Hurley
Thesis Title: Factors influencing the control of the Sirex woodwasp in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Lorenzo Lombard
Thesis Title: Phylogeny and taxonomy of Calonectria and its Cylindrocladium anamorphs
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Bruce O'Clive Zwelibanzi Maseko
Thesis Title: Dieback of cold tolerant eucalypts associated with Phytophthora spp. in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Dr. T. I. Burgess, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Ryan L. Nadel
Thesis Title: Molecular and chemical ecology of the Eucalyptus pest, Thaumastocoris peregrinus
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. M. C. Scholes, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2009
Student: Carrie Louise Brady
Thesis Title: Taxonomic evaluation of the genus Pantoea based on a multigene approach
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Juanita de Wet
Thesis Title: Molecular studies on the taxonomy, host-associations and viruses of the Diplodia-like anamorphs of the Botryosphaeriaceae
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. O. Preisig
 
Student: Irene Barnes
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and population biology of the red band needle blight pathogen and related species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Ronald Natale Heath
Thesis Title: Ceratocystis species in southern and eastern Africa with particular reference to Ceratocystis albifundus
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Draginja Pavlic
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with woody hosts in Southern Africa and Western Australia
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Seyed Mahdi Ziaratnia
Thesis Title: Identification and characterization of a novel phenolic compound and cinnamate 4-hydroxylase in Helichrysum aureonitens Sch. Bip.
Supervisor: Prof. J. J. M. Meyer
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
2008
Student: Veloshinie Govender
Thesis Title: Vigour of fungicide-treated and untreated maize seeds following storage
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. Q. Kritzinger
 
Student: Andrew Kiggundu
Thesis Title: Engineering plant cysteine protease inhibitors for the transgenic control of banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) amd other coleopteran insects in transgenic plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. A. Viljoen, Prof. D. Michaud
 
Student: Barnabas Anthony Kiula
Thesis Title: Increasing line combining ability and gray leaf spot resistance in maize by integrating conventional with DNA marker technology
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. N. G. Lyimo
 
Student: Sanushka Naidoo
Thesis Title: Microarray expression studies in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana infected with the bacterial pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. K. J. Denby
 
Student: Pamela Paparu
Thesis Title: Plant defense responses against Radopolus similis in East African Highland bananas (EAHB-AAA) inoculated with endophytic non-pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. T. duBois, Dr. D. Coyne
 
Student: Anneke Prins
Thesis Title: Proteases and protease inhibitors involved in plant stress response and acclimation
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. C. Foyer
 
Student: Carlos Alberto Pérez Rodríguez
Thesis Title: Relationship between pathogens of Eucalyptus and native Myrtaceae in Uruguay
Supervisor: Prof. R. Blanchette
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. N. Altier
 
Student: Barend Juan Vorster
Thesis Title: Using whole genome comparison to detect sequence similarities between plants and microbes
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. A. Cullis
 
2007
Student: Sissay Bekele
Thesis Title: Identification of citrus (Citrus sinensis) postharvest pathogens from Ethiopia and their control
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. Regnier
 
Student: Teresa Goszczynska
Thesis Title: Emerging diseases of maize and onion caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Pantoea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Ahmed Idris Hassen
Thesis Title: Efficacy of rhizobacteria for growth promotion and biocontrol of Pythium ultimum and Fusarium oxysporum on sorghum in Ethiopia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Gavin Craig Hunter
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and population biology of Mycosphaerella species occuring on Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
2006
Student: Shahasi Yusuf Athman
Thesis Title: Host-endophyte-pest interactions of endophytic Fusarium oxysporum antagonistic to Radopholus similis in banana (Musa spp.)
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen, Dr. T. Dubois, Dr. D. Coyne
 
Student: Getu Beyene
Thesis Title: Gene expression and plant performance in oryzacystatin-I expressing transformed tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv. Samsun) plants under abiotic stress
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. H. Foyer
 
Student: Mesfin Bogale
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of Fusarium isolates from Ethiopia
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Sari Ramón Mohali Castillo
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeria species and their anamorphs from Venezuela
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. B. Slippers, Dr. T. Burgess
 
Student: Bridget Genevieve Crampton
Thesis Title: Elucidation of defence response mechanisms in pearl millet
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Johan de Graaf
Thesis Title: Integrated pest management of the banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar), in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. P. Govender
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen, Prof. A. Schoeman
 
Student: Gertina Wilhelmina du Plooy
Thesis Title: Aspects of mango (Mangifera indica L.) fruit rind morphology and chemistry and their implication for postharvest quality
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Marieka Gryzenhout
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of Cryphonectria and allied genera
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Grace Nakabonge
Thesis Title: Studies on Cryphonectria species in Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Ida Paul
Thesis Title: Modelling the distribution of Citrus Black Spot caused by Guignardia citricarpa Kiely
Supervisor: Prof. A. S. van Jaarsveld
Co-advisors: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Noëlani van den Berg
Thesis Title: Identification of genes associated with tolerance in the Cavendish banana selection, GCTCV-218, against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, 'subtropical' race 4
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Dr. P. R. J. Birch, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2005
Student: Yoseph Beyene Aydagn
Thesis Title: Genetic analysis of traditional Ethiopian Highland Maize (Zea mays L.) using molecular markers and morphological traits: implication for breeding and conservation
Supervisor: Dr. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Legesse Wolde Beyene
Thesis Title: Genetic diversity, combining ability and heterosis in maize inbred lines (Zea mays L.) for the highlands of Ethiopia
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. A. A. Myburg, Dr. K. V. Pixley
 
Student: Quenton Kritzinger
Thesis Title: Antimicrobial activity and fumonisins associated with cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. N. Lall
 
Student: Sabine Lezar
Thesis Title: Assessment and development of microarray-based DNA fingerprinting in Eucalyptus grandis and related species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. A. Myburg, Prof. D. K. Berger, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Joseph Ndunguru
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of cassava mosaic geminiviruses in Tanzania
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. G. Thompson, Dr. J. Legg, Dr. C. Fauquet
 
Student: Ella Johanna van der Linde
Thesis Title: Ergot of nut sedge in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
2004
Student: Appolinaire Adandonon
Thesis Title: Damping-off and stem rot of cowpea in Benin caused by Sclerotium rolfsii
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. M. Tamo
 
Student: Martin Petrus Albertus Coetzee
Thesis Title: Molecular phylogenetic studies on Armillaria with specific reference to Southern Hemisphere species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. P. Bloomer
 
Student: Pascal Fandohan
Thesis Title: Fusarium infection and mycotoxin contamination in preharvest and stored maize in Benin, West Africa
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mauricio Alejandro Marín Montoya
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic and molecular population biology studies on Ceratocystis spp. associated with conifer and coffee diseases
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. O. Preisig, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. T. Kirisits
 
Student: Joseph Obagwu
Thesis Title: Developing biopesticides for control of citrus fruit pathogens of importance in global trade
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. Regnier
 
Student: Yolisa Patronella Pakela
Thesis Title: Interaction between Colletotrichum dematium and cowpea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Jacqueline Elise van der Waals
Thesis Title: Epidemiology of early blight on potatoes in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling, Dr. F. D. N. Denner
 
Student: Schalk Willem van Heerden
Thesis Title: Studies on Cryphonectria cubensis in South Africa with special reference to mycovirus infection
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. O. Preisig, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Eduard Venter
Thesis Title: The molecular characterization of the interaction between Fusarium circinatum and Pinus patula
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Marinda Visser
Thesis Title: Molecular biological studies of the Fusarium wilt pathogen of banana in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. T. R. Gordon, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2003
Student: Deidrè Fourie
Thesis Title: Bacterial diseases of dry beans in South Africa special reference to common bacterial blight and its control
Supervisor: Prof. P. S. van Wyk
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Alemu Gezahgne
Thesis Title: Diseases of exotic plantation forestry trees in Ethiopia
Supervisor: Dr. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Pramanathan Govender
Thesis Title: Soil invertebrate pests in the re-establishment of plantations in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. C. H. Scholtz
 
Student: Lynelle Lacock
Thesis Title: Profiling of gene expression in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) line PI 137739 in response to Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia Mordvilko) feeding
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Henrietta Myburg
Thesis Title: Molecular phylogenetic studies on species of Cryphonectria and related fungi
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Dean Oelofse
Thesis Title: Molecular approaches towards anthracnose resistance in lupins
Supervisor: Prof. I. A. Dubery
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Bernard Slippers
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of Botryosphaeriaceous fungi occurring on various woody hosts
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. P. W. Crous, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Christell van der Vyver
Thesis Title: Stress-induced genome alterations in plants
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. C. A. Cullis
 
Student: Chantal van Niekerk
Thesis Title: Analysis of gene expression in Triticum aestivum L. cv. 'Tugela DN' after Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia Mordvilko) infestation
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Jan Hendrik Viljoen
Thesis Title: Mycotoxins in grain and grain products in South Africa and proposals for their regulation
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: XuDong Zhou
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and biology of Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with conifer-infesting bark beetles
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2002
Student: Sandra Denman
Thesis Title: Botryosphaeria diseases of Proteaceae
Supervisor: Prof. P. W. Crous
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Henriette Britz van Heerden
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population genetics of Fusarium subglutinans sensu lato on pine and mango
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
Student: Ntsane Moleleki
Thesis Title: RNA viruses of Sphaeropsis sapinea and Diaporthe ambigua and their possible use as biological control agents
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. O. Preisig
 
Student: Esmé van Jaarsveld
Thesis Title: Phytophthora nicotianae on tobacco and its control in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Drenth, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
2001
Student: Percy Maruwa Chimwamurombe
Thesis Title: Molecular plant-pathogen interactions with special reference to Eucalyptus grandis polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins and fungal polygalacturonases
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Hendrik Smith
Thesis Title: Biology of Botryosphaeria dothidea and Sphaeropsis sapinea as endophytes of eucalypts and pines in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Emma Theodora Steenkamp
Thesis Title: Molecular taxonomic studies of selected species in the Gibberella fujikuroi complex
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
2000
Student: Cousins Gwanama
Thesis Title: The hererotic patterns of fruit yield and quality of Cucurbita moschata using RAPD genetics markers and combing ability estimates
Supervisor: Prof. M. T. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Karin Jacobs
Thesis Title: The genus Leptographium: a critical taxonomic analysis
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Baone Cynthia Kwerepe
Thesis Title: Integrated pest management of Meloidogyne incognita on Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea)
Supervisor: Dr. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. A. S. Claassens
 
Student: Conrad L. Schoch
Thesis Title: Phylogenetic relationships and population dynamics of Calonectria
Supervisor: Prof. P. W. Crous
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
1999
Student: Zachee Ngoko
Thesis Title: Mycotoxin contamination of maize in relation to insect infestation, agricultural practices and agroecology in the republic of Cameroon
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. K. F. Cardwell
 
Student: Daniël Jacobus Theron
Thesis Title: Fusarium dry rot of potatoes etiology, epidemiology, toxicity and control
Supervisor: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Leonel Merwe van Zyl
Thesis Title: Factors associated with Coniothyrium canker of Eucalyptus in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Jacobus Francois Wolfaardt
Thesis Title: Utilization of wood-decay fungi for Biokraft pulping of softwood
Supervisor: Dr. C. J. Rabie
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
1998
Student: Celeste Linde
Thesis Title: Population structure of Phytophthora cinnamomi in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Drenth
 
Student: Jolanda Roux
Thesis Title: Diseases of Acacia mearnsii in South Africa, with particular reference to Ceratocystis wilt
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Stephanus Hendrik Swart
Thesis Title: The biology, aetiology and control of Alternaria brown spot disease of Minneola tangelo in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. W. J. Swart
 
Student: Regina Cornelia Witthuhn (née Strydom)
Thesis Title: Molecular taxonomy and mating type genes in Ceratocystis sensu stricto
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. T. C. Harrington
 

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x
Stewart JE, Ross-Davis AL, Graҫa RN, Alfenas AC, Peever TL, Hanna JW, Uchida JY, Hauff RD, Kadooka CY, Kim MS, Cannon PG, Namba S, Simeto S, Pérez CA, Rayamajhi MB, Lodge DJ, Arguedas M, Medel-Ortiz R, López-Ramirez MA, Tennant P, Glen M, Machado PS, McTaggart AR, Carnegie AJ, Klopfenstein NB, Cleary M. (2017) Genetic diversity of the myrtle rust pathogen (Austropuccinia psidii) in the Americas and Hawaii: Global implications for invasive threat assessments. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12378