Mr Seamus Morgan



MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Wilhelm de Beer

I completed my BSc in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria and took part in the CTHB Mentorship programme in 2014 and 2015 under Dr Sonia Philips and Jennifer Wayland respectively. 

My honours and now my masters work will be focused on the eucalypt pathogens that reside in the genus Quambalaria. In my honours I described two species for this genus. My masters will focus on the pathogenicity of these new species towards eucalypts and insects and the information which can be obtained through genome sequencing especially in the area of reproduction and lifestyle.

I also assist my supervisor, Prof ZW de Beer, in the work he is currently involved in with the Polyphagus Shot Hole Borer, especially in identifying the pathogen that the beetles carry on tree species from South Africa.

2017

South African Society of Plant Pathology

Oral Presentation: "New Quambalaria species from Eucalyptus seed capsules and eucalypt-feeding insects in South Africa" 

International Botanical Congress (China)

Poster presentation; "New Quambalaria species from Eucalyptus seed capsules and eucalypt-feeding insects in South Africa"

 

2018

South African Association of Botany

 

 Poster presentation; "New Quambalaria species from Eucalyptus seed capsules and eucalypt-feeding insects in South Africa"

Winner of AMA best poster presentation 

 

2019

South African Association of Botany

 

Oral presentation; "Insights into mating systems of Quambalaria and other Exobasidiomycetes using genome sequences"

Winner Best MSc oral


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Publication
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
Wingfield BD, Kolarik M, Menzies JG, Naidoo K, Pochopski O, Shoukouhi P, Santana QC, Seifert KA, Soal NA, Steenkamp ET, Tatham CT, Van der Nest MA, Havenga M, Findlay W, Liu M, Nguyen HDT, Lane FA, Morgan SW, De Vos L, Wilken PM, Doung TA, Aylward J, Coetzee MPA, Dadej K, De Beer ZW, Wingfield MJ. (2018) Nine draft genome sequences of Claviceps purpurea s.lat., including C. arundinis, C. humidiphila, and C. cf. spartinae, pseudomolecules for the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum, draft genome of Davidsoniella eucalypti, Grosmannia galeiformis, Quambalaria eucalypti, and Teratosphaeria destructans. IMA Fungus 9(2):401-418. 10.5598/imafungus.2018.09.02.10 PDF