Ms Katrin Fitza
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
I am doing my PhD at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) under the supervision of Prof. Bernard Slippers. My PhD project focuses on the diversity and specificity of the Sirex - Deladenus - Amylostereum complex. Sirex noctilio being a great threat to the pine forestry industry worldwide, makes this project a very important one to combat the pest using the biocontrol agent D. siricidicola. The nematode native range includes North America Europe and Asia. Through years of human breeding and interbreeding, a highly efficient, but also highly inbred line of the nematode (the Kamona strain) has been established throughout Southern Hemisphere plantations. It has become evident that this lack of diversity could be affecting the efficiency of the biological control system. Therefore interest lies in characterizing the global native diversity of D. siricidicola and its potential to be used to improve biological control of S. noctilio.
Scientific Congresses and Training
IUFRO 24th World Congress (05-11 October 2014)
Poster: ” Diversity of the parasitic nematode Deladenus siricidicola and its relevance as a biological control agent”
IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania (24-27 October 2016)
Poster: ” Amylostereum association with Japanese siricids”
Talk: ”Diversity in Sirex Biological Control: The power of international collaborations”
Talk: “Genetic diversity of Deladenus siricidicola, the biological control agent of the woodwasp Sirex noctilio”
Talk: ”Sirex research at FABI”
Talk: ”Genetic diversity of global collections of Deladenus siricidicola”
FABI award for mentorship 2016
The Society for Invertebrate Pathology Symposium Speaker Travel Award 2018
It goes without saying that publishing scientific papers is crucial for a successful science career. Another important part of the writing and publishing process is reviewing and editing. FABI PhD candidate, Katrin Fitza, started a “Writing Club” in 2016 to support this process, and to learn about reviewing and editing at the same time.
My Journal Articles
|Fitza KNE, Garnas JR, Lombardero MJ, Ayres MP, Krivak-Tetley FE, Ahumada R, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2019) The global diversity of Deladenus siricidicola in native and non-native populations. Biological Control
|Fitza KNE, Tabata M, Kanzaki N, Kimura K, Garnas J, Slippers B. (2016) Host specificity and diversity of Amylostereum associated with Japanese siricids. Fungal Ecology 24(A):76-81.
|Kanzaki N, Tanaka SE, Fitza KNE, Kosaka H, Slippers B, Kimura K, Tsuchiya S, Tabata M. (2016) Deladenus nitobei n. sp. (Tylenchomorpha: Allantonematidae) isolated from Sirex nitobei (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) from Aomori, Japan, a new member of the siricidicola superspecies. Nematology 18(10):1199-1217.
|Lombardero MJ, Ayres MP, Krivak-Tetley FE, Fitza KNE. (2016) Population biology of the European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, in Galicia, Spain. Bulletin of Entomological Research 106(5):569-580.
|Fitza K, Payn KG, Steenkamp ET, Myburg AA, Naidoo S. (2013) Chitosan application improves resistance to Fusarium circinatum in Pinus patula. South African Journal of Botany 85:70-78.
|Fitza KNE, Steenkamp E, Payn K, Naidoo S. (2011) Induced resistance and associated defence gene responses in Pinus patula. BMC Proceedings 5:82.