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2015
Student: Jon Ambler
Thesis Title: Genome characterisation, with special reference to gene silencing mechanisms, of Armillaria fuscipes
 
Student: Elrea Appelgryn
Thesis Title: Characterization of Phytophthora cinnamomi from avocado
 
Student: Francois Boshoff
Thesis Title: Diversity and evolution of rhizobia associated with native and non-native Acacia species in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Renate Botha
Thesis Title: Evaluating Cavendish banana clones for tolerance to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Jean Hakizimana
Thesis Title: Understanding the role of endophytes in avocado root health and in enhancing its tolerance against Phytophthora cinnamomi
Supervisor: Prof. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Monique Heystek
Thesis Title: Promoter analysis of three defense gene family members from maize in response to Cercospora zeina
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: Degracious Kgoale
Thesis Title: Gene expression study of candidate Arabidopsis defence genes in response to the bacterial wilt pathogen
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
 
Student: Brigitte Langenhoven
Thesis Title: Characterisation of three putative effector genes from the maize foliar pathogen Cercospora zeina
Supervisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
Co-advisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Johan Liversage
Thesis Title: Functional characterisation of the Cercospora zeina crp1 gene in pathogenesis
Supervisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
Co-advisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Rynier Lourens
Thesis Title: Identification and characterisation of the Eucalyptus grandis non-expressor of pathogenesis related 1 (NPR1) genes
 
Student: Jackie Lubbe
Thesis Title: Molecular and biological characterization of three Citrus tristeza virus candidate cross-protection sources
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
 
Student: Molly Malefo
Thesis Title: Characterisation of selected pathogenicity factors in Cercospora zeina
Supervisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
Co-advisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Edgar Mangwende
Thesis Title: Seed-borne fungi of herbs cultivated in South Africa and evaluation of non-chemical seed treatments to control Alternaria sp. on coriander
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisor: Dr. Q. Kritzinger
 
Student: Olga Mashandule
Thesis Title: Population biology of Fusarium circinatum Nirenberg et O'Donnell associated with South African Pinus radiata D.Don plantation trees
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Silvia Mausse Sitoe
Thesis Title: Diseases of Eucalypts in Mozambique with particular reference to the Cryphonectriaceae
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mischa Muller
Thesis Title: Molecular diversity of the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. B. G. Crampton, Dr. I. Barnes
 
Student: Linda M. Ndove
Thesis Title: Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Podocarpaceae in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisor: E. Cruywagen
 
Student: Sitha Ramsuchit
Thesis Title: Establishment of cross-pathogenicity of two different Phytophthora cinnamomi A2 isolates on hosts, Persea americana and Eucalyptus spp., and the host response to these isolates
 
Student: Danielle Roodt
Thesis Title: The mating genetics and core genome of Ceratocystis albifundus
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, M. Wilken
 
Student: Thomas Schmidt
Thesis Title: Transient biolistic transformation in maize leaves
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: Pooja Singh
Thesis Title: Transcriptome-wide analysis of predicted proteome variation segregating in a Eucalyptus hybrid family
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisor: Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Sarah Stanton
Thesis Title: The polyamines and endophytes of gousiekte-causing and non-pathogenic Vangueria and Pavetta species
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Katie Termer
Thesis Title: Biotic and abiotic determinants of resource quality for the larvae of the European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio
Supervisor: Dr. J. R. Garnas
 
Student: Erik Visser
Thesis Title: Pinus patula transcriptome assembly
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
2014
Student: Jonathan Botha
Thesis Title: Qualitative reporter gene and targeted yeast one-hybrid analysis of the Eucalyptus grandis SND2 promoter region
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. C. Maritz-Olivier, Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Jane Bredenkamp
Thesis Title: Characterization of tolerance to bacterial wilt in the model plant Arabidopsis
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
 
Student: Marike du Plessis
Thesis Title: Phylo- and comparative genomics of the Pantoea core genome
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Dr. M. P. A. Coetzee
 
Student: Arista Fourie
Thesis Title: Distinguishing between cryptic species in the Ceratocystis fimbriata sensu lato species complex
Supervisor: Dr. I. Barnes
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Tracy A. Godlonton
Thesis Title: Mating locus structure and a gene duplication in Ceratocystis species
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Maria P. Haasbroek
Thesis Title: Characterization of Exserohilum turcicum isolates within South African maize production areas
Supervisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
Co-advisor: Dr. I. Barnes
 
Student: Darryl A. Herron
Thesis Title: Characterization of Fusarium species from Pinus and Eucalyptus nurseries in Colombia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Tondani Kone
Thesis Title: The characterization and evolution of pheromone receptors in the Sordariomycetes
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisor: G. Fourie, Dr. N. A. van der Merwe, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Mkhululi N. Maphosa
Thesis Title: Identification of unique genes in the genome of Fusarium circinatum and the development of a robust diagnostic technique using these sequences
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Dora N. Ngoepe
Thesis Title: Genotyping-by-sequencing of sweet-stem and grain sorghum for genetic mapping
Supervisor: Dr. B. G. Crampton
 
Student: Caryn N. Oates
Thesis Title: Transcriptional responses of Eucalyptus clones to the gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Prof. B. Slippers
 
Student: Desre S. Pinard
Thesis Title: Genome-wide analysis of carbohydrate active enzyme diversity and expression in Eucalyptus grandis
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. F. Joubert, Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Anandi Reitmann
Thesis Title: ldentification of pathogenicity genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
Co-advisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Ronel Roberts
Thesis Title: 'Candidatus Liberibacters' found in four indigenous Rutaceous species from South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
 
Student: Nicole Rudolph
Thesis Title: Efficacy of selected rhizobacterial isolates for biocontrol of Rhizoctonia solani and growth promotion of maize in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Rynhard Smit
Thesis Title: Evaluation of Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA and Simple Sequence Repeat markers in Moringa oleifera (Iam.) to establish population diversity
Supervisor: Dr. J. Vorster
 
Student: Ariska van der Nest
Thesis Title: Comparative study of Epicoccum sorghinum in southern Africa
Supervisor: Prof. G. J. Marais
Co-advisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Ida C. van Jaarsveld
Thesis Title: Basal prometer landscape in Eucalyptus grandis: Annotation of distal transcription start sites and core promoter usage
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. F. Joubert, Dr. E. Mizrachi
 
Student: Febe E. Wilken
Thesis Title: Establishment of a compatible pathosystem between Eucalyptus nitens and Phytophthora cinnamomi to determine host transcriptional responses
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Dr. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Amy Lorraine Wooding
Thesis Title: Sex determination and symbiont transmission in the Sirex-Amylostereum mutualism
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Greeff, Dr. B. P. Hurley, Dr. J. R. Garnas, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
2013
Student: Magdeleen du Plessis
Thesis Title: Cysteine proteases activity and gene expression studies in soybean nodules during development and drought stress
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. B. J. Vorster
 
Student: Darryl Arthur Herron
Thesis Title: Characterization of Fusarium species from Pinus and Eucalyptus nurseries in Colombia and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Zander Rainier Human
Thesis Title: The diversity and ecology of actinomycetes associated with environments dominated by ophiostomatoid fungi
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. Slippers, Dr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Gugulethu Kubheka
Thesis Title: Colonisation patterns of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis in potato plants
Supervisor: Dr. L. N. Moleleki
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Alinke Labuschagne
Thesis Title: Efficacy and crop tolerance of Stamina (pyraclostrobin) and Flite (triticonazole) seed treatment formulations against Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia soilborne diseases of maize
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Mphariseni Mashavha
Thesis Title: Characterisation of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis isolates causing blackleg and soft rot diseases of potato in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. L. N. Moleleki
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Aobakwe Mongae
Thesis Title: The interaction between root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and soft rot Enterobacteriaceae (Pectobacterium spp.) and their host Solanum tuberosum
Supervisor: Dr. L. N. Moleleki
 
Student: Jan Hendrik Nagel
Thesis Title: Species of Phytophthora associated with a native ecosystem in Gauteng
Supervisor: Dr. M. Gryzenhout
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Nokukhanya N. Nxumalo
Thesis Title: Occurrence, identification and a potential management strategy for Fusarium species causing wilt of potatoes in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. E. van der Waals
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Edward M. Onkendi
Thesis Title: Characterization of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) parasitizing potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) from South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. L. N. Moleleki
 
Student: Adele Prinsloo
Thesis Title: Molecular approaches to determine the bacterial diversity of selected water samples
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Dr. M. du Preez
 
Student: Siphathele Sibanda
Thesis Title: Role of quorum sensing in the virulence of Pantoea ananatis
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Theron
 
Student: Sophia van Coller
Thesis Title: Characterizing mutagenesis in Fusarium circinatum
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Mrs. G. Fourie, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Lindsay van Niekerk
Thesis Title: Establishment of tissue culture plants for the evaluation of defence-related genes in Persea americana Mill.
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Olivier Zablocki
Thesis Title: Unbiased, next-generation sequencing to the characterization of Citrus tristeza virus populations
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Theron
 
2012
Student: Chrizelle Winsie Beukes
Thesis Title: Characterisation of bacteria associated with the root nodules of Hypocalyptus and related genera
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Dr. I. J. Law
 
Student: Gabrielle D. Carstensen
Thesis Title: Bacterial endophytes in the leaves of Pavetta spp. with a specific focus on those causing leaf nodules
Supervisor: Dr. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Wai Yin Chan
Thesis Title: Genome assembly and metabolic pathway reconstruction of Pantoea ananatis LMG20103
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: John Barry Christie
Thesis Title: Determining the phenotypic resistance mechanisms in avocado against Phytophthora cinnamomi
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling, Dr. K. G. Pegg
 
Student: Juanita Engelbrecht
Thesis Title: Studying the interaction between Phytophthora cinnamomi and Persea americana using gene expression profiling and pathogen quantification
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Katrin Natalie Elsbeth Fitza
Thesis Title: Investigation of induced resistance against Fusarium circinatum in Pinus patula
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Felix Fon Fru
Thesis Title: Ceratocystis species on timber harvested for export in Ghana
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Dr. G. K. Nkuekam
 
Student: Waheed Mahomed
Thesis Title: Sequencing ESTs of the avocado transcriptome to study the tolerant response to Phytophthora cinnamomi
Supervisor: Dr. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Angelica Marsberg
Thesis Title: Diversity and distribution of fungal endophytes associated with native Syzygium cordatum in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. M. Gryzenhout
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mulalo E. Menutanzhela
Thesis Title: Establishment of an efficient in vitro micropropagation protocol for Hoodia gordonii
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Dr. R. Chikwamba, Dr. B. Crampton
 
Student: Lunghile Mthombeni
Thesis Title: Characterization of Burkholderia species associated with the root nodules of legumes indigenous to South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Ronishree Naidoo
Thesis Title: Expression profiling marker genes of the salicylic acid and methyl jasmonate signalling pathways in Eucalyptus grandis
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Dina Paciura
Thesis Title: Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with bark beetles in China
Supervisor: Mr. Z. W. de Beer
Co-advisors: Dr. X. D. Zhou, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mmatshepho Malekgale Phasha
Thesis Title: Intron architecture in Fusarium
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. M. P. A. Coetzee
 
Student: Kerry-Anne Pillay
Thesis Title: Diversity and spatial distribution of fungal endophytes in a Eucalyptus grandis tree
Supervisor: Dr. M. Gryzenhout
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Priyen Pillay
Thesis Title: Expression of the VP1 antigen from foot-and-mouth disease virus in a bacterial and plant-based expression system
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. R. Chikwamba
 
Student: Jamie-Lee Sauer
Thesis Title: The subcellular localization of Eucalyptus grandis sucrose synthase 1 (EgSUSY1) fusion proteins expressed in Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Dr. S. Naidoo, Prof. D. Berger
 
Student: Melissa Claire Simpson
Thesis Title: Microsatellite analysis of Ceratocystis fimbriata
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. M. P. A. Coetzee, Mr. M. P. Wilken
 
Student: Ancel C. Stewart
Thesis Title: Bacterial endophytes associated with Eucalyptus nitens clones
Supervisor: Prof. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Johannes Alwyn van der Linde
Thesis Title: Factors associated with the decline of Euphorbia ingens in the Limpopo Province of South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. D. Six
 
Student: Marcele Vermeulen
Thesis Title: Diversity and host range of the Cryphonectriaceae in southern Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. M. Gryzenhout
 
2011
Student: Marc Clement Bouwer
Thesis Title: Identification of volatile organic compounds from Eucalyptus detected by Gonipterus scutellatus (Gyllenhal) females
Supervisor: Prof. E. Rohwer
Co-advisors: Prof. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Therese Corine de Castro
Thesis Title: Analysis of Arabidopsis plants transformed with AtPRX34 for defence against bacterial wilt
Supervisor: Dr. S. Naidoo
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg, Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Lisa-Danélle de Wet
Thesis Title: Monitoring of Fusarium circinatum spore loads in South African forest seedling nurseries
Supervisor: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. N. B. Jones
 
Student: Carlo Stefan Jackson
Thesis Title: Significance of photosynthesis and the photosynthesis related genes TMP14, FBPase and P700 in Russian wheat aphid resistant wheat
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Simon Henry Martin
Thesis Title: Mating type and pheromone genes in the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex: an evolutionary perspective
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. E. T. Steenkamp, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Abigail Lufuno Mashamba
Thesis Title: Detection of protease and protease inhibitors during development of soybean crown nodules
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. U. Schlüter
 
Student: Maria Thuto Matsioloko
Thesis Title: Using cDNA-AFLP and microarray analysis for rapid identification of Diuraphis noxia induced genes from near-isogenic Triticum aestivum lines
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Xolile Osmond Mnyamelezi Mlonyeni
Thesis Title: High throughput development of population genetic markers for the Sirex noctilio woodwasp and its nematode parasite, Deladenus siricidicola
Supervisor: Prof. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Mmoledi M. Mphahlele
Thesis Title: Site-directed mutagenesis and functional analysis of Eucalyptus sucrose synthase 1 (EgSuSy1) in Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Dr. S. Naidoo
 
Student: Bernice Porter
Thesis Title: Pathogenicity and competition studies on Fusarium circinatum, a pathogen of pine trees
Supervisor: Prof. T. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: David A. Read
Thesis Title: Citrus tristeza virus populations in Grapefruit trees, pre-immunized with two different cross-protecting sources
Supervisor: Prof. G. Pietersen
 
Student: Cornelis Arnold Schriek
Thesis Title: Analysis and standardization of marker genotype data for DNA fingerprinting applications
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. F. Joubert
 
Student: Irene Schoeman
Thesis Title: Evaluation of two viral vectors for virus-induced gene silencing in pearl millet
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. I. Hein
 
Student: Janine F. Silberbauer
Thesis Title: Deep digital gene expression profiling during early and late tension wood formation in Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. F. Joubert, Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Lorinda Swart
Thesis Title: Pantoea and Xanthomonas species associated with blight and die-back of Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Liesl E. van der Linden
Thesis Title: The genetic basis of resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana ecotype Kil-O against Ralstonia solanacearum isolate DSCF400 from Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. S. Naidoo
 
Student: Stefan George van Wyk
Thesis Title: Improving the inhibitory potency of papaya cystatin, using site-directed mutagenesis
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. B. J. Vorster
 
Student: Erika Viljoen
Thesis Title: Morphology and genetic relationships in members of the Solanum nigrum L. complex used for jam production in the Highveld of South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Prof. A. E. van Wyk, Dr. A. van Schalkwyk
 
Student: Tania Weller
Thesis Title: Identification and characterisation of pili and fimbriae mediating attachment of Pantoea ananatis to Eucalyptus leaf surfaces
Supervisor: Prof. J. Theron
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Dr. I. Toth
 
2010
Student: Donald Chungu
Thesis Title: Pathogens associated with plantation tree diseases in Zambia
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Muimba-Kankolongo, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Nanette Coetzer
Thesis Title: SSHscreen and SSHdb: software for microarray-based screening and sequence management of cDNA libraries
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Pranitha Dawlal
Thesis Title: Resistance of maize cultivars against the infestation of mycotoxigenic fungi
Supervisor: Prof. G. J. Marais
Co-advisors: Dr. E. Barros
 
Student: Marija Kvas
Thesis Title: Characterisation of Fusarium species associated with floral malformation of Syzygium cordatum
Supervisor: Dr. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Aisha Bibi Mahomed Ali
Thesis Title: Production of pyrazine flavours by mycelial fungi
Supervisor: Prof. G. J. Marais
Co-advisors: Prof. E. R. Rohwer, Prof. P. J. van Zyl
 
Student: Grant Robert McNair
Thesis Title: Whole-tree and tension wood-associated expression profiles of microRNAs in Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Theron
 
Student: James W. M. Mehl
Thesis Title: Fungi associated with the die-back of Pterocarpus angolensis (kiaat) in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Roux, Prof. C. J. Geldenhuys
 
Student: Tinyiko E. Mokoena
Thesis Title: Establishment of a transformation procedure to study the role of trypsin inhibitors in soybean
Supervisor: Dr. R. Chikwamba
 
Student: Marja Mirjam O'Neill
Thesis Title: Functional genetic analysis of the Eucalyptus grandis cellulose synthase 1 (EgCesA1) gene in Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Dr. S. Naidoo
 
Student: Thia Schultz
Thesis Title: Profiling of wounding and Diuraphis noxia induced transcripts in hexaploid wheat using cDNA-AFLP analysis
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
2009
Student: Johanna Wilhelmina Grobbelaar
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and species diversity in the Ophiostoma quercus complex
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. P. Bloomer, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Philip John Law
Thesis Title: Development and application of analysis modules in MADIBA, a web-based toolkit for the interpretation of microarray data
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Joubert
 
Student: Mamodise Happy-Girl Maleme
Thesis Title: Characterization of latent Botryosphaeriaceae on diverse Eucalyptus species
Supervisor: Dr. B. Slippers
Co-advisors: Ms. D. Pavlic, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Vuledzani Gloria Muthelo
Thesis Title: Molecular characterisation of Ganoderma species
Supervisor: Dr. M. P. A. Coetzee
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. M. Bogale
 
Student: Francois Johannes Jacobus van der Walt
Thesis Title: Botryosphaeriaceae associated with native Acacia species in southern Africa with special reference to A. mellifera
Supervisor: Dr. G. J. Marais
Co-advisors: Dr. B. Slippers, Prof. J. Roux, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student:Johanna Jacoba van der Merwe
Thesis Title: Etiology of soft rot and blackleg on potatoes in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. J. E. van der Waals
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Natalie Rachel van Zuydam
Thesis Title: Identification of Leptographium species by oligonucleotide mismatch discrimination on a DNA microarray
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. K. Jacobs
 
Student: Pieter Marthinus Wilken
Thesis Title: Identification and application of mating type gene sequences in Ophiostoma
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Mr. Z. W. de Beer
 
2008
Student: Gerda Britz
Thesis Title: Water quality of citrus dip tanks and the impact of Salmonella species in the citrus export chain
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Rosita Endah
Thesis Title: Isolation and characterization of two NPR1 genes in banana
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. R. Chikwamba, Dr. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Gerda Fourie
Thesis Title: Evolutionary biology of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. T. R. Gordon, Dr. E. T. Steenkamp
 
Student: Tanja Meyer
Thesis Title: Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense for pathogenicity gene analysis
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. A. C. L. Churchill
 
Student: Izette Greyling
Thesis Title: Pantoea spp. associated with leaf and stem diseases of Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Kabengele Muzela Kalonji
Thesis Title: Evaluation of three fungicides for control of soilborne diseases of lettuce seedlings
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. J. E. van der Waals, Prof. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Sadiki Delphin Kandolo
Thesis Title: Effect of fungicide seed treatments on germination and vigour of maize seed
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. Q. Kritzinger
 
Student: Claire Louise Munro
Thesis Title: Identification of defence-related genes in banana against the Fusarium wilt pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. N. van den Berg, Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Francina Lebogang Phalane
Thesis Title: The diversity of root nodule bacteria associated with Lebeckia species in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. E. T. Steenkamp
Co-advisors: Dr. I. J. Law
 
Student: Owen Luke Solomon
Thesis Title: Diurnal and circadian regulation of wood formation in Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Marthin Tarigan
Thesis Title: Ceratocystis and Botryosphaeriaceae on plantation Acacia species in Central Sumatra, Indonesia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. J. Roux, M. van Wyk, Dr. B. Tjahjono
 
Student: Dewald Zaayman
Thesis Title: Elucidation of Diuraphis noxia biotype-specific responses in Triticum aestivum (98M370 Dn7)
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
2007
Student: Roger Cuan Bagnall
Thesis Title: Control of Pythium wilt and root rot of hydroponically grown lettuce by means of chemical treatment of the nutrient solution
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Theo Frederik Bekker
Thesis Title: Efficacy of water soluble silicon for control of Phytophthora cinnamomi root rot of avocado
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Dr. J. H. van der Waals, Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Aneen Belgrove
Thesis Title: Biological control of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense using non pathogenic F. oxysporum endophytes
Supervisor: Prof. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. C. Steinberg
 
Student: Nicole Marie Creux
Thesis Title: Isolation and characterization of the cellulose synthase promoters of Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Minique Hilda de Castro
Thesis Title: Allelic diversity in the CAD2 and LIM1 lignin biosynthetic genes of Eucalyptus grandis Hill ex Maiden and E. smithii R. T. Baker
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Elsie Magrietha de Meyer
Thesis Title: Fungi from utility poles in South Africa: Taxonomy, phylogeny and effect on wood
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Mr. Z. W. de Beer
 
Student: Christiaan Giesel
Thesis Title: Transformation of tobacco with a lupin chitinase gene under control of a stress inducible promoter
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. B. Crampton
 
Student: Charline Kausana Kamburona
Thesis Title: Evaluating the genetic diversity and performance of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) lines
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Cilliers
 
Student: Gilbert Kamgan Nkuekam
Thesis Title: Ceratocystis and Ophiostoma species infecting wounds on hardwood trees, with particular reference to South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Dr. K. Jacobs, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: John Peter Kemp
Thesis Title: Allele diversity in cellulose synthase genes of the tropical pine species Pinus patula Schiede ex Schlect. & Cham.
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. E. Jansen van Rensburg
 
Student: Daniel Mkhathazi Khumalo
Thesis Title: Evaluation of fungicide seed treatments to control seedling diseases of cowpea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. Q. Kritzinger
 
Student: Ndivhuho Agnes Makhado
Thesis Title: Epiphytic and endophytic members of the Enterobacteriaceae associated with heathy Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. S. N. Venter
 
Student: Frank Mathabatha Maleka
Thesis Title: Allelic diversity in cellulose and lignin biosynthetic genes of Eucalyptus urophylla S. T. Blake
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. P. Bloomer
 
Student: Celia Marilia Martins
Thesis Title: The expression of Bt Cry1Ac in transformed cotton under abiotic stress
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. K. Kruger
 
Student: Mariette Truter
Thesis Title: Etiology and alternative control of potato rhizoctoniasis in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Leon van Eck
Thesis Title: Aphid-induced transcriptional regulation in near-isogenic wheat
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. N. L. V. Lapitan
 
Student: Rosetta Andrews van Zyl
Thesis Title: Elucidation of possible virulence factors present in Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) biotypes' saliva
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Michelle Victor
Thesis Title: MicroRNAs in the differentiating tissues of Populus and Eucalyptus trees
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. H. Huismans
 
Student: Michelle Wilmot
Thesis Title: Inhibition of phytopathogenic fungi on selected vegetable crops by catechins, caffeine, theanine and extracts of Camellia sinensis (L) O. Kuntze
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Dr. Z. Apostolides
 
2006
Student: Jane Boshoff
Thesis Title: Biological control of Pythium wilt and root rot in hydroponically grown lettuce
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Natalie Ruth Feltman
Thesis Title: Development of the polygalacturonase inhibiting protein (PGIP) for delivery of foreign proteins to the surfaces of plant cells
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. M. Cloete
 
Student: Susan Groenewald
Thesis Title: Biology, pathogenicity and diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas, Mrs. N. van den Berg
 
Student: Almuth Hammerbacher
Thesis Title: The ecology and epidemiology of Fusarium circinatum, the causal agent of pitch canker of pine
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Brett Hurley
Thesis Title: Fungus gnats in forest nurseries and their possible role as vectors of Fusarium circinatum
Supervisor: Dr. P. Govender
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Willeke Keesenberg
Thesis Title: Food safety and quality throughout the apple export chain
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Zelda Pieterse
Thesis Title: Mycogone perniciosa, a pathogen of Agaricus bisporus
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. P. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Tshekgene Moses Ramusi
Thesis Title: Biological and chemical control of fungal seedling diseases of cowpea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. J. van der Waals, Prof. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Liesl Stonkhorst
Thesis Title: The effect of soil chemical properties and plant nutrition on the growth of banana (Musa acuminata L.A. Colla) plants infected with Fusarium wilt
Supervisor: Dr. J. van der Waals
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen, Prof. A. Claasens
 
Student: Rene Sutherland
Thesis Title: Genetic modification of Cavendish Bananas (Musa spp.) in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. J.-V. Escalant, Dr. R. Chikwamba, Prof. K. J. Kunert
 
Student: Honghai Zhou
Thesis Title: Isolation and functional genetic analysis of Eucalyptus wood formation genes
Supervisor: Prof. A. A. Myburg
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
2005
Student: Colleen Michelle Aldous
Thesis Title: University level genetics students' competencies in selected science process skills
Supervisor: Prof. J. M. Rogan
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Carrie Louise Brady
Thesis Title: Taxonomy of Pantoea associated with bacterial blight of Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Dr. S. N. Venter
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
Student: Besrat Tesfagiorgis Demoz
Thesis Title: Alternative application methods of antagonists to avocado flowers to control stem-end rot pathogens
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. G. M. Swart
 
Student: Franco Bauer du Preez
Thesis Title: Tracking nucleotide-binding-site-leucine-rich-repeat resistance gene analogues in the wheat genome complex
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Maria M. Geldenhuis
Thesis Title: Studies on fungi associated with dying Schizolobium parahybum in Ecuador
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. J. Roux, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Veloshinie Govender
Thesis Title: Evaluation of biological control systems for control of mango postharvest diseases
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. J. C. Regnier
 
Student: Wilma Havenga
Thesis Title: Mode of action of Bacillus subtilis ATCC 55466 as biocontrol agent of postharvest diseases of avocado
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Lancelot Maphosa
Thesis Title: Molecular and biochemical characterization of Armillaria
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof M. J. Wingfield, Dr. M. P. A. Coetzee, Dr. E. Mwenje
 
Student: Fhumulani Mathilda Mashau
Thesis Title: Risk assessment of fire blight on pome fruits in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Lerato Matsaunyane
Thesis Title: Isolation and characterization of the apple polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein 2 gene
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. D. Oelofse
 
Student: Draginja Pavlic
Thesis Title: Botryosphaeria species on native South African Syzygium cordatum and their potential threat to Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Dr. B. Slippers
 
Student: Martin Ranik
Thesis Title: Expression profiling and characterization of wood formation genes in Eucalyptus
Supervisor: Dr. A. A. Myburg
 
Student: Johanna Petronel Weich
Thesis Title: Studies on the interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and African isolates of Ralstonia solanacearum
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
 
2004
Student: Theresa Bandounas-van den Bout
Thesis Title: White rust (Albugo tragopogonis) of sunflower in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen
 
Student: Leulseged Begashaw
Thesis Title: Utilisation of rhizosphere microflora in the biocontrol of root rot and growth enhancement of lettuce under hydroponic systems
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. N. Labuschagne, Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Mapula Julia Domola
Thesis Title: Survey and characterization of sweet potato viruses in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. G. J. Thompson
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Andries Fourie
Thesis Title: Biochemical mechanisms for tolerance of citrus rootstocks against Phytophthora nicotianae
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Dr. Z. Apostolides
 
Student: Ronald Natale Heath
Thesis Title: Studies to consider the possible origins of three canker pathogens of Eucalyptus in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. J. Roux, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Elizabeth Mothibi Kola
Thesis Title: Mycoflora and polyphenolics of variously coloured seeds of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc.)
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Lorenzo Lombard
Thesis Title: Fungal diseases in Eucalyptus and Acacia nurseries in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Dr. B. J. H. Janse, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Hester Catarina Lotter
Thesis Title: Characterization and expression of an endopolygalacturonase gene from the lupin anthracnose fungus identified as Colletotrichum lupini var. setosum
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
 
Student: Mogalatjane Patrick Mphahlele
Thesis Title: Honey bee dissemination of Bacillus subtilis to citrus flowers for control of Alternaria
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. R. Crewe
 
Student: Barbara Nel
Thesis Title: Management of Fusarium wilt of banana by means of biological and chemical control and induced resistance
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Dr. C. Steinberg, Prof. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Marie Catherine Onanena
Thesis Title: Isolation and characterization of genome differences in the indigenous grass Monocymbium ceresiiforme
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Dr. C. van der Vyver
 
Student: Koreen Ramessar
Thesis Title: Genetic modification of maize by introduction of antifungal genes to confer resistance to Fusarium verticillioides
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Dr. M. O'Kennedy
 
Student: Mashudu Silimela
Thesis Title: Evaluation of biocontrol and sunprotectors to control mango fruit diseases and disorders
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Americo Uaciquete
Thesis Title: Epidemiology and control of powdery mildew (Oidium anacardii Noack) on cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) in Mozambique
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Marelize van Wyk
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and population biology of selected Ceratocystis spp. with hat-shaped ascospores
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. J. Roux, Mrs. I. Barnes
 
2003
Student: Rodrigo Ahumada
Thesis Title: Diseases in commercial Eucalyptus plantations in Chile, with special reference to Mycosphaerella and Botryosphaeria species
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Mr. G. C. Hunter, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: Raksha Bhoora
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of Eucalyptus grandis PGIP
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. D. K. Berger, Dr. P. M. Chimwamurombe, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Anton Jordaan
Thesis Title: Transformation of Nicotiana tabacum cv. Samsun with melanin and indigo genes
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Inge Maritz
Thesis Title: Evaluation of polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP)-mediated resistance against Verticillium dahliae, a fungal pathogen of potato
Supervisor: Prof. D. K. Berger
Co-advisors: Mr. D. Oelofse
 
Student: Grace Nakabonge
Thesis Title: Diseases associated with plantation forestry in Uganda
Supervisor: Dr. J. Roux
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Anneke Prins
Thesis Title: The protective role of Oryzacystatin-I under abiotic stress
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Carlos A. Rodas P.
Thesis Title: Diseases of Eucalyptus in Colombia
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Dr. J. Roux, B. Slippers
 
Student: Angela Karen Joanna Surridge
Thesis Title: Fungi associated with banana leaf diseases in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. A. Viljoen
Co-advisors: Prof. P. W. Crous, Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Zacharias Hendrik Swanevelder
Thesis Title: Diversity and population structure of Clivia miniata Lindl. (Amaryllidaceae): Evidence from molecular genetics and ecology
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. A. E. van Wyk, Dr. M. M. van der Merwe
 
Student: Barend Juan Vorster
Thesis Title: The application of representational difference analysis and plant differentiation
Supervisor: Prof. K. J. Kunert
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
2002
Student: Lieschen Bahlmann
Thesis Title: Factors affecting the resistance mechanisms of the Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) on wheat
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. P. Govender
 
Student: Irene Barnes
Thesis Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and population biology of Ceratocystis species with particular reference to Ceratocystis fimbriata
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. J. Roux
 
Student: Zacharias Wilhelmus de Beer
Thesis Title: Ophiostoma species from hardwood sources in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Cornelia Gull
Thesis Title: Study of Pythium root diseases of hydroponically grown crops, with emphasis on lettuce
Supervisor: Prof. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Gavin Craig Hunter
Thesis Title: Mycosphaerella species causing leaf blotch on Eucalyptus species in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. J. Roux, Prof. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. P. W. Crous
 
Student: René Jacobs
Thesis Title: Characterization of Botryosphaeria species from mango in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Mr. B. Slippers, Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Shilo Loots
Thesis Title: Isolation and characterization of Diuraphis noxia induced sequences from wheat line PI 294994
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Mr. E. Venter
 
Student: Catharina Aletta Magdalena Louw
Thesis Title: Antimicrobial activity of indigenous bulbous plant extracts to control selected pathogens
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. T. Regnier
 
Student: Margareth Vuyiswa Schoeman
Thesis Title: Comparative studies of Dothiorella on avocado
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. G. M. Swart
 
Student: Hendrik Sithole
Thesis Title: Integrated pest management of the banana weevil, Cosmpolites sordidus, in South Africa: A critical review of the literature
Supervisor: Dr. P. Govender
Co-advisors: Dr. A. Viljoen
 
Student: Wilma van Broekhuizen
Thesis Title: Detection, characterization and suppression of Ralstonia solanacearum
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. P. S. Hammes
 
2001
Student: Appolinaire Adandonon
Thesis Title: Damping-off of cowpea in Benin and South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. N. Labuschagne
 
Student: Erika Elizabeth Auret
Thesis Title: Control strategies for citrus postharvest diseases
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Elsabe Botes
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of toxin-producing and non-toxin producing strains of Microcystis aeruginosa
Supervisor: Prof. J. J. Grobbelaar
Co-advisors: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: M. Christi Burger
Thesis Title: Tolerance of citrus rootstocks to root pathogens
Supervisor: Dr. N. Labuschagne
Co-advisors: Prof. F. C. Wehner
 
Student: Jacqueline Heidi Doyle
Thesis Title: Determining gene flow, linkage and parental contribution in Pinus elliottii x Pinus caribaea pine hybrids
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Nomphelo Gantsho
Thesis Title: Comparison of Xanthomonas campestris pv. mangiferaindicae from mango production areas in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. G. M. Swart
 
Student: Barend Johannes Henning
Thesis Title: Agricultural recycling of sewage sludge for maize and oats cultivation
Supervisor: Dr H. G. Snyman
Co-advisors: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
 
Student: Adriaana Jacobs
Thesis Title: The genus Phialocephala: a taxonomic study
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield, Dr. K. Jacobs
 
Student: Quenton Kritzinger
Thesis Title: Storage fungi and mycotoxins associated with cowpea
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Prof. W. F. O. Marasas
 
Student: Jo-Mari Lottering
Thesis Title: Identification and characterization of molecular markers linked to leaf rust resistance gene Lr41
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. F. J. Kloppers
 
Student: Alpheus Kgabo Matlala
Thesis Title: Detection of Erwinia spp. on potatoes
Supervisor: Prof. L. Korsten
Co-advisors: Dr. G. Swart
 
Student: Elisabeth Irmgard Maria Stander
Thesis Title: Cultural practices for the control of bacterial wilt of potato
Supervisor: Prof. P. S. Hammes
Co-advisors: Prof. L. Korsten
 
Student: Christiaan Troskie
Thesis Title: Identification and characterization of markers linked to the leaf rust resistance gene LR37
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
Co-advisors: Dr. F. J. Kloppers
 
Student: Noëlani van den Berg
Thesis Title: A new disease of cowpea caused by Alternaria cassiae
Supervisor: Prof. T. A. S. Aveling
Co-advisors: Dr. S. Venter
 
2000
Student: Juanita de Wet
Thesis Title: Studies on the biology and diversity of the pine pathogen Sphaeropsis sapinea
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Nicolaas Albertus van der Merwe
Thesis Title: Molecular phylogeny and population biology studies on the Eucalyptus canker pathogen Cryphonectria cubensis
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Prof. M. G. Milgroom
 
Student: Marieka Venter
Thesis Title: Taxonomy and pathology of a new species of Cryphonectria from Eucalyptus in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
1999
Student: Christa Coetsee (née Visser)
Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of selected Ophiostomatoid fungi
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 
Student: Lynelle Lacock (MSc)
Thesis Title: Genotype variation in regeneration and transformation efficiencies of South African wheat cultivars
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
Student: Bongani Bruce O'Clive Zwelibanzi Maseko
Thesis Title: Oomycetes associated with citrus and Eucalyptus root rot in South Africa
Supervisor: Dr. T. A. Coutinho
Co-advisors: Prof. M. J. Wingfield, Mr. F. Wolfaardt
 
Student: Schalk Willem van Heerden
Thesis Title: Pathogenicity and variation amongst South African isolates of Cryphonectria cubensis
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Eduard Venter
Thesis Title: Characterization of wheat sequences linked to Russian wheat aphid resistance
Supervisor: Prof. A.-M. Botha-Oberholster
 
1998
Student: Martin Petrus Albertus Coetzee
Thesis Title: Characterization of Armillaria in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. B. D. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof M. J. Wingfield
 
Student: Bernard Slippers
Thesis Title: The fungal symbiont of Sirex noctilio in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Wingfield
Co-advisors: Dr. T. A. Coutinho, Prof. B. D. Wingfield
 

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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
Wingfield BD. (2017) The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science. The Conversation http://bit.ly/2holsgS
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
Roodt D, Lohaus R, Sterck L, Swanepoel RL, Van de Peer Y, Mizrachi E. (2017) Evidence for an ancient whole genome duplication in the cycad lineage. PLOS ONE 12(9):e0184454. 10.1371/journal.pone.0184454
Liebhold AM, Brockerhoff EG, Kalisz S, Nuñez MA, Wardle DA, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Biological invasions in forest ecosystems. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1458-5
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
McTaggart AR, Shuey LS, Granados GM, du Plessis E, Fraser S, Barnes I, Naidoo S, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Evidence that Austropuccinia psidii may complete its sexual life cycle on Myrtaceae. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12763