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Chinese president JinTao Hu visits University of Pretoria. Chinese State Counsellor (former Minister of Education) Madam ZiLi Chen visits FABI.
Chinese president JinTao Hu visits University of Pretoria.
Chinese State Counsellor (former Minister of Education) Madam ZiLi Chen visits FABI.
Prof. Mike Wingfield meets and competes with rector XiaoYan Chen (South China Agricultural University). Mr. YangGen Wei (head of education division of Chinese embassy in SA) meets rector Prof. Calie Pistorius (University of Pretoria), and Dr. XuDong Zhou.
Prof. Mike Wingfield meets and competes with rector XiaoYan Chen (South China Agricultural University). Mr. YangGen Wei (head of education division of Chinese embassy in SA) meets rector Prof. Calie Pistorius (University of Pretoria), and Dr. XuDong Zhou.
CFEPP team (from left to right): JiaGuang Cao, XuDong Zhou, Mike Wingfield, ShuaiFei Chen, and ShiChao Zhang. Canker found on Eucalyptus grandis in China caused by the destructive pathogen Kirramyces zuluense. This pathogen was first found and described in South Africa and is now known to have a wide distribution in Eucalypt-growing parts of the world.
CFEPP team (from left to right): JiaGuang Cao, XuDong Zhou, Mike Wingfield, ShuaiFei Chen, and ShiChao Zhang. Canker found on Eucalyptus grandis in China caused by the destructive pathogen Kirramyces zuluense. This pathogen was first found and described in South Africa and is now known to have a wide distribution in Eucalypt-growing parts of the world.
Quambalaria leaf blight found on Corymbia citriodora in China. Discovery of the pathogen Quambalaria pitereka in China marks its first detection outside Australia, where it is believed to be native. Phaeophleospora destructans found on Eucalyptus hybrids in China. This is one of the most destructive leaf and shoot blight pathogens of Eucalyptus, first found in North Sumatera (put in PDF) and now having spread throughout SE Asia.
Quambalaria leaf blight found on Corymbia citriodora in China. Discovery of the pathogen Quambalaria pitereka in China marks its first detection outside Australia, where it is believed to be native. Phaeophleospora destructans found on Eucalyptus hybrids in China. This is one of the most destructive leaf and shoot blight pathogens of Eucalyptus, first found in North Sumatra and now having spread throughout SE Asia.

New Publications

Lynn KMT, Wingfield MJ, Durán A, Oliveira LSS, de Beer ZW, Barnes I. (2021) Novel Fusarium mutualists of two Euwallacea species infesting Acacia crassicarpa in Indonesia. Mycologia 10.1080/00275514.2021.1875708 PDF
Gwizdala M, Lebre PH, Maggs-Kölling G, Marais E, Cowan DA, Krüger TPJ. (2021) Sub-lithic photosynthesis in hot desert habitats. Environmental Microbiology 10.1111/1462-2920.15505
Sinotte VM, Conlon BH, Seibel E, Schwitalla JW, de Beer ZW, Poulsen M, Bos N. (2021) Female-biased sex allocation and lack of inbreeding avoidance in Cubitermes termites. Ecology and Evolution 10.1002/ece3.7462
Jamison-Daniels SL, Kissling WD, Botha M, Harris MA, Gordon CE, Greve M. (2021) The role of deterministic succession during forest development within a southern African savanna. bioTropica 53(2):466-476. 10.1111/btp.12890
Nel WJ, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW, Duong TA. (2021) Ophiostomatalean fungi associated with wood boring beetles in South Africa including two new species. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-021-01548-0

Vacant positions

Postdoctoral position: Utilisation of the Phytophthora cinnamomi-tobacco pathosystem for functional characterisation of avocado defense genes


A position is available for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Noëlani van den Berg, who holds the Hans Merensky Chair in Avocado Research. The Fellow will be hosted by the Avocado Research Programme, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Fellow will be expected to construct vectors and perform transient and stable transformation in Nicotiana benthamiana for functional studies of avocado defense genes. Opportunities for academic development, student co-supervision, international conference attendance and engagement with industry stakeholders will be available.

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