Prof Bernard Slippers
FABI
Director of FABI

Prof Fanus Venter
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor in Microbiology

Prof Mike Wingfield
FABI
Director of FABI

Dr Irene Barnes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Prof Martin Coetzee
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Prof Wilhelm de Beer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Professor
Dr Tuan Duong
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Gerda Fourie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Dr Almuth Hammerbacher
Zoology and Entomology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Brett Hurley
Zoology and Entomology
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Prof Emma Steenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Professor
Acting Director
Prof Noelani van den Berg
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Dr Albe van der Merwe
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Lecturer
Prof Brenda Wingfield
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
DST / NRF SARChI Chair in Fungal Genomics

Dr Marc Bouwer
Chemistry
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Dr Lieschen De Vos
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Fahimeh Jami
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Trudy Paap
FABI
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Dr Quentin Santana
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Magriet van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Dr Wubetu Bihon
FABI
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Prof Treena Burgess
FABI
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Dr ShuaiFei Chen
FABI
Extra-ordinary Lecturer
Prof Pedro Crous
FABI
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Prof Stefan Neser
Zoology and Entomology
Extra-ordinary Professor
Prof Jolanda Roux
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Mr Morne Booij-Liewes
FABI
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Ms Samantha Bush
FABI
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Ms Heidi Fysh
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Pritty Khumalo
FABI
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Dr Seonju Marincowitz
FABI
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Ms Valentina Nkosi
FABI
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Ms Alisa Postma
Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
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FABI
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Ms Lydia Twala
FABI
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Ms Madelein van Heerden
FABI
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Dr Chrizelle Beukes
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Tanay Bose
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Gabrielle Carstensen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Mesfin Gossa
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Aquillah Kanzi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Run Lei Chang
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr FeiFei Liu
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Alistair McTaggart
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Osmond Mlonyeni
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Esther Muema
FABI
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Dr Caryn Oates
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Marike Palmer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Dr Michelle Schroder
Zoology and Entomology
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Dr Siphathele Sibanda
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Melissa Simpson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Markus Wilken
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Omotayo Adegeye
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Barkat Ali
FABI
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Ms Juanita Avontuur
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Khumbuzile Bophela
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Annie Chan
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Firehiwot Eshetu
FABI
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Ms Katrin Fitza
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Arista Fourie
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Minette Havenga
FABI
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Mr Darryl Herron
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Joey Hulbert
Plant and Soil Sciences
PhD student
Mr James Michel Tchotet Tchoumi
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms JieQiong Li
FABI
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Ms Ginna M. Granados
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Joseph Machua
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Angel Maduke
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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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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Ms Mandy Messal
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Alain Misse
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Rachel Mkandawire
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Jan Nagel
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Nam Pham
FABI
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Ms Mmatshepho Phasha
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Mohammad Sayari
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Gina Shin
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Benedicta Swalarsk-Parry
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Stephanie van Wyk
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Ariska van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Andi Wilson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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FABI
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Mr Johnathan Bredenkamp
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Zoology and Entomology
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Mr Ricu Claassens
FABI
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FABI
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Ms Caitlin Gevers
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Granny Hlongwane
FABI
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Ms Frances Lane
FABI
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Ms Teboho Letsoalo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Jacolene Lubbe
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Kira Lynn
FABI
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Mr Lazarus Mavima
FABI
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Mr Thapelo Mokgale Maboko
FABI
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Ms Kayla Noeth
Zoology and Entomology
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Ms Mashudu Nxumalo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Emeldah Rikhotso
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Ms Karabo Sereme
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Mr Sydney Sithole
FABI
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Ms Tasiya Taponeswa
FABI
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Ms Catherine Tatham
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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New Publications

van der Nest A, Wingfield MJ, Ortiz PC, Barnes I. (2019) Biodiversity of Lecanosticta pine-needle blight pathogens suggests a Mesoamerican Centre of origin.. IMA Fungus 1:2 10.1186/s43008-019-0004-8
Beukes CW, Boshoff FS, Phalane FL, Hassen AI, le Roux MM, Stępkowski T, Venter SN, Steenkamp ET. (2019) Both alpha- and beta-rhizobia occupy the root nodules of Vachellia karroo in South Africa. 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01195 PDF
Ioos R, Aloi F, Piskur B, Guinet C, Mullet M, Berbegal M, Braganca H, Cacciola SO, Oskay F, Cornejo C, Adamson K, Douanla-Meli C, Kacergius A, Martinez-Alvarez P, Nowakowska JA, Luchi N, Vettraino AM, Ahumada R, Pasquali M, Fourie G, Kanetis L, Alves A, Ghelardini L, Dvorak M, Sanz-Ros A, Diez JJ, Baskarathevan J, Aguayo J. (2019) Transferability of PCR-based diagnostic protocols: An international collaborative case study assessing protocols targeting the quarantine pine pathogen Fusarium circinatum. Scientific Reports 10.1038/s41598-019-44672-8
Beukes CW, Sereme TK, Phalane FL, Mthombeni LS, Palmer M, Hassen AI, Chan WY, Avontuur J, van Zyl E, Steenkamp ET, Venter SN. (2019) Paraburkholderia strydomiana sp. nov. and Paraburkholderia steynii sp. nov.: rhizobial symbionts of the fynbos legume Hypocalyptus sophoroides. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-019-01269-5
Wilson AM, van der Nest MA, Wilken PM, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD. (2019) It’s All in the Genes: The Regulatory Pathways of Sexual Reproduction in Filamentous Ascomycetes. Genes 10(5):330. 10.3390/genes10050330
Palmer M, Venter SN, McTaggart AR, Coetzee MPA, Van Wyk S, Avontuur JR, Beukes CW, Fourie G, Santana QC, Van der Nest MA, Blom J, Steenkamp ET. (2019) The synergistic effect of concatenation in phylogenomics: the case in Pantoea. PeerJ 10.7717/peerj.6698 PDF
Wingfield BD, Millar B. (2019) How the open access model hurts academics in poorer countries. The Conversation https://bit.ly/2Gn3skG
Fell S, De Beer ZW. (2019) The impact of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer on Pecan trees in South Africa. SA Pecan 82:11-13. https://bit.ly/2U2Nyj6 PDF
Avontuur JR, Palmer M, Beukes CW, Chan WY, Coetzee MPA, Blom J, Stępkowski T, Kyrpides NC, Woyke T, Shapiro N, Whitman WB, Venter SN, Steenkamp ET. (2019) Genome-informed Bradyrhizobium taxonomy: where to from here?. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 10.1016/j.syapm.2019.03.006
Bradshaw RE, Sim AD, Chettri P, Dupont P-Y, Guo Y, Hunziker L, McDougal RL, van der Nest A, Fourie A, Wheeler D, Cox MP, Barnes I. (2019) Global population genomics of the forest pathogen Dothistroma septosporum reveal chromosome duplications in high dothistromin-producing strains. Molecular Plant Pathology 10.1111/mpp.12791
Naidoo S, Slippers B, Plett JM, Coles D, Oates CN. (2019) The road to resistance in forest trees. Frontiers in Plant Science 10:273. 10.3389/fpls.2019.00273
Martın-Garcia J, Zas R, Solla A, Woodward S, Hantula J, Vainio EJ, Mullett M, Morales-Rodrıguez M, Vannini A, Martınez-Alvarez P, Pinto G, Alves A, Amaral J, Wingfield MJ, Fourie G, Steenkamp ET, Ahumada R, Sera B, Sanz-Ros AV, Raposo R, Elvira-Recuenco M, Iturritxa E, Gordon TR , Diez JJ. (2019) Environmentally friendly methods for controlling pine pitch canker . Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.13009
Slippers B, Alisic E. (2019) African science needs more leaders. Here’s how to develop them. The Conversation
Sadiković D, Piškur B, Barnes I, Hauptman T, Diminić D, Wingfield MJ, Jurc D. (2019) Genetic diversity of the pine pathogen Lecanosticta acicola, in Slovenia and Croatia. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.13017
Haavik LJ, Hurley BP, Allison JD. (2019) Effect of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) attack density on Pinus sylvestris (Pinaceae) survival. Canadian Entomologist 10.4039/tce.2019.12
Wondafrash M, Slippers B, Hurley BP, Garnas J. (2019) Local antagonism and resource partitioning between two invasive pine plantation pests. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 10.1111/afe.12330 PDF
Van den Berg N, Du Toit M, Morgan SW, Fourie G, De Beer ZW. (2019) First Report of Fusarium euwallaceae on Persea americana in South Africa. Plant Disease 10.1094/PDIS-10-18-1818-PDN
Nel WJ, Duong TA, De Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ. (2019) Black root rot: A long known but little understood disease. Plant Pathology 68(5):834-842. 10.1111/ppa.13011
van der Nest MA, Wingfield MJ, McTaggart AR, Van Wyk S, De Vos L, Trollip C, Santana QC, Naidoo K, Dong TA, Wilken PM, Chan W-Y, Palmer M, Soal NA, Roodt D, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield BD. (2019) Genomic analysis of the aggressive tree pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus. Fungal Biology 10.1016/j.funbio.2019.02.002 PDF
Zlatkovic M, Wingfield MJ, Jami F, Slippers B. (2019) Genetic uniformity characterizes the invasive spread of Neofusicoccum parvum and Diplodia sapinea in the Western Balkans. Forest Pathology 49:e12491. 10.1111/efp.12491