Ms Vimbai Siziba

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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I joined the FABI community as part of my Honors after completing a BSc in Medical Science. My Honors project was based on identification and characterisation of the causal agents of Dothistroma Needle Blight disease In the USA. The research focus was to identify which species where responsible for the Dothistroma epidemics occurring in USA as well as to characterise the mating types and assess the genetic diversity of the causal species.
My Masters will form part of a bigger project which is to determine the species composition and host range of Dothistroma and Lecanosticta pathogens in areas where the diseases have been reported. As well as to study the genetic diversity and population structure of isolates from North America, Central America and Europe for comparative purposes against existing data from worldwide collections. The projects aims to address one of the objectives of IUFRO about the knowledge gaps regarding the fungal nomenclature of the pathogen(s) causing the diseases, their source of introduction, and the population biology. In the aim of tracing the patterns of spread and identifying the possible point of origin of both Dothistroma and Lecanosticta pathogens.
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Siziba VI, Wingfield MJ, Sadikovic D, Mullett MS, Piskur B, Barnes I. (2016) Development of microsatellite markers for the pine needle blight pathogen, Dothistroma pini. Forest Pathology 46(5):497-506. 10.1111/efp.12282