Mr Daniel Ali

PhD student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Mike Wingfield

Co Supervisor
Alistair McTaggart
Jolanda Roux

My interest in Mycology and Plant pathology sprang from my Honours and Masters degrees’ theses which were basically on fungi. I obtained my Master’s degree in Botany from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria where I did morphological descriptions and taxonomic studies of Agaricales (mushrooms).

My desire to pursue a doctorate degree led me to join the University of Pretoria in 2015, following my successful admission to do a research in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI).

My research will focus on Cryphonectriaceae species. These are important pathogens causing various canker diseases in both native and non-native tree species. My main objectives are; to determine the distribution, morphology and taxonomy of Cryphonectriaceae species living as endophytes in Myrtaceae (Eugenia, Syzygium and Heteropyxis) species native to South Africa; and to undertake a population studies of the pathogens. Molecular approach will be carried to ascertain genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships among species. I also intend to develop molecular diagnostic assay for rapid and accurate diagnosis of Cryphonectriaceae species from plant material.

Export to RIS
Ali DB, Marincowitz S, Wingfield MJ, Roux J, Crous PW, McTaggart AR. (2018) Novel Cryphonectriaceae from La Réunion and South Africa, and their pathogenicity on Eucalyptus. Mycological Progress 17(8):953-966. 10.1007/s11557-018-1408-3