Microbiology and Plant Pathology

Microbiology and Plant Pathology

 

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology strives to be known as a dynamic multicultural institution which provides the highest standards, most relevant research and training in Microbiology and Plant Pathology. The key focus areas are Water Resources Management, Environmental Microbiology, Fusarium Fungal Genus, Plant Diseases, Phytobacteriology, Indigenous Food Crop Diseases, Virology and Seed Pathology.

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  • De Bruin, Willeke; Rossouw, Werner; Korsten, Lise (Wiley, 2016-04)
    Decay and quality loss severely affect the marketability of fresh zucchini. Zucchinis are easily damaged during harvesting, - handling and - storage and no commercial treatment is currently available that can protect the ...
  • Human, Z.R. (Zander Rainier); Slippers, Bernard; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Wingfield, Michael J.; Venter, Stephanus N. (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017-01)
    Actinomycete bacteria are often associated with insects that have a mutualistic association with fungi. These bacteria are believed to be important to this insect–fungus association as they produce antibiotics that exclude ...
  • Zablocki, Olivier; Adriaenssens, Evelien M.; Frossard, Aline; Ramond, Jean-Baptiste; Cowan, Don A.; Seely, Mary (American Society for Microbiology, 2017-01-12)
    The Namib Desert in southwest Africa is hyperarid and composed of distinct microbial communities affected by a longitudinal aridity gradient. Here, we report four soil metaviromes from the Namib Desert, assessed using ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Bezerra, Jadson D.P.; Oliveira, Rafael J.V.; Paiva, Laura M.; Silva, Gladstone A.; Groenewald, Johannes Z.; Souza-Motta, Cristina M. (Springer, 2016-12)
    During a survey of endophytic fungi from the cactus Tacinga inamoena in a Brazilian tropical dry forest (Caatinga) some undescribed ascomycetous fungi were isolated. These fungi are characterized by superficial and ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Jami, Fahimeh; Slippers, Bernard; Zlatkovic, Milica; Keca, Nenad (Wiley, 2016-12)
    Between 2010-2014 symptoms of a shot hole disease were observed on cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus L.) trees and shrubs in parks and other public plantings in Belgrade, Serbia. Ten symptomatic leaves were collected ...
  • Van den Berg, Gert J.; Verryn, Steve D.; Chirwa, Paxie W.; Van Deventer, Francois (Taylor and Francis, 2017-01)
    Conventionally, Eucalyptus grandis x E. urophylla (GU) hybrid material has first been tested as seedlings in progeny trials for at least four years before ortets were selected and ramets of the selected ortets were propagated ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wang, X.W.; Lombard, L.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Li, J.; Videira, S.I.R.; Samson, R.A.; Liu, X.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-09-25)
    Chaetomium globosum, the type species of the genus, is ubiquitous, occurring on a wide variety of substrates, in air and in marine environments. This species is recognised as a cellulolytic and/or endophytic fungus. It is ...
  • Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Magadlela, Anathi; Vardien, Waafeka; Kleinert, Aleysia; Valentine, Alexander J. (CSIRO Publishing, 2016-02)
    Virgilia divaricata Adamson is a forest margin legume that is known to invade the N- and P-poor soils of the mature fynbos, implying that it tolerates variable soil N and P levels. It is not known how the legume uses ...
  • Coertse, Jessica; Markotter, Wanda; Nel, Louis Hendrik; Weyer, Jacqueline; Msimang-Dermaux, Veerle; Paweska, Janusz T.; Le Roux, Kevin; Govender, Premi; Blumberg, Lucille H. (Medpharm Publications, NISC (Pty) Ltd, Taylor & Francis, and Informa business, 2016)
    Human survival from rabies is exceptionally rare. We report a case of human survival (with severe neurological sequelae) in a child from South Africa. The patient was exposed to rabid dogs on two separate occasions and ...
  • Wingfield, Brenda D.; Ambler, Jon M.; Coetzee, Martin P.A.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Duong, Tuan A.; Joubert, Fourie; Hammerbacher, Almuth; McTaggart, Alistair R.; Naidoo, Kershney; Santana, Quentin S.; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Trollip, Conrad; Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Wilken, P. Markus; Wingfield, Michael J.; Nguyen, Hai D.T.; Ponomareva, Ekaterina; Seifert, Keith A.; Visagie, Cobus M.; Yilmaz, Neriman (International Mycological Association, 2016-06-21)
    The genomes of Armillaria fuscipes, Ceratocystiopsis minuta, Ceratocystis adiposa, Endoconidiophora laricicola, E. polonica, and Penicillium freii DAOMC 242723 are presented in this genome announcement. These six genomes ...
  • Thantsha, Mapitsi Silvester; Ubani, Onyedikachi; Atagana, Harrison Ifeanyichukwu; Adeleke, Rasheed (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, 2016-04)
    In the present study, different bacteria with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading capabilities were isolated from compost prepared from oil sludge and animal manures. These bacteria were isolated on a mineral ...
  • Bihon, Wubetu; Cloete, Michele; Gerrano, Abe Shegro; Oelofse, Dean; Adebola, Patrick (American Society for Microbiology, 2016-09-22)
    Alternaria alternata (Fr.) Keissler strain PPRI 21032 was isolated from onion leaves collected in Roodeplaat, Pretoria, South Africa. The whole genome of this strain was sequenced and produced a total of 33.12 Mb with a ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wingfield, Michael J.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Marincowitz, Seonju; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Burgess, T.I.; Hardy, G.E.St.J.; Crane, C.; Barrett, S.; Cano-Lira, J.F.; Le Roux, J.J.; Thangavel, R.; Guarro, J.; Stchigel, A.M.; Martín, M.P.; Alfredo, D.S.; Barber, P.A.; Barreto, R.W.; Baseia, I.G.; Cano-Canals, J.; Cheewangkoon, R.; Ferreira, R.J.; Gene, J.; Lechat, C.; Moreno, G.; Roets, F.; Shivas, R.G.; Sousa, J.O.; Tan, Y.P.; Wiederhold, N.P.; Abell, S.E.; Accioly, T.; Albizu, J.L.; Alves, J.L.; Antoniolli, Z.I.; Aplin, N.; Araujo, J.; Arzanlou, M.; Bezerra, J.D.P.; Bouchara, J.-P.; Carlavilla, J.R.; Castillo, A.; Castroagudín, V.L.; Ceresini, C.; Claridge, G.F.; Coelho, G.; Coimbra, V.R.M.; Costa, L.A.; Da Cunha, K.C.; Da Silva, S.S.; Daniel, R.; Duenas, M.; Edwards, J.; Enwistle, P.; Fiuza, P.O.; Fournier, J.; Garcia, D.; Gibertoni, T.B.; Giraud, S.; Guevara-Suarez, M.; Gusmao, L.F.P.; Haituk, S.; Heykoop, M.; Hirooka, Y.; Hofmann, T.A.; Houbraken, J.; Hughes, D.P.; Kautmanova, I.; Koppel, O.; Koukol, O.; Larsson, E.; Latha, K.P.D.; Lee, D.H.; Lisboa, D.O.; Lopez-Villalba, A.; Maciel, J.L.N.; Manimohan, P.; Manjon, J.L.; Marney, T.S.; Meijer, M.; Miller, A.N.; Olariaga, I.; Paiva, L.M.; Piepenbring, M.; Poveda-Molero, P.C.; Raj, K.N.A.; Raja, R.A.; Rougeron, A.; Salcedo, S.; Samadi, R.; Santos, T.A.B.; Scarlett, K.; Seifert, K.A.; Shuttleworth, L.A.; Silva, G.A.; Silva, M.; Siqueira, J.P.Z.; Souza-Motta, C.M.; Stephenson, S.L.; Sutton, D.A.; Tamakeaw, N.; Telleria, M.T.; Valenzuela-Lopez, N.; Viljoen, A.; Visagie, C.M.; Vizzini, A.; Wartchow, F.; Yurchenko, E.; Zamora, J.C.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-12-21)
    Novel species of fungi described in this study include those from various countries as follows: Australia: Apiognomonia lasiopetali on Lasiopetalum sp., Blastacervulus eucalyptorum on Eucalyptus adesmophloia, Bullanocki ...
  • Brözel, V.S. (Volker Siegfried); Dahal, Bibha; NandaKafle, Gitanjali; Perkins, Lora (Elsevier, 2017-01)
    Biological Nitrogen Fixation is critical for ecosystem productivity. Select members of Bacteria and Archaea express a nitrogenase enzyme complex that reduces atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia. Several nitrogen fixing ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Silva, M.; Barreto, R.W.; Pereira, O.L.; Freitas, N.M.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-02-12)
    Although the genus Pseudocercospora has a worldwide distribution, it is especially diverse in tropical and subtropical countries. Species of this genus are associated with a wide range of plant species, including ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Nguanhom, Jeerapa; Cheewangkoon, Ratchadawan; Groenewald, Johannes Z.; Braun, Uwe; To-Anun, Chaiwat (Magnolia Press, 2015-10)
    The genus Cercospora represents a group of important plant pathogenic fungi with a wide geographic distribution, being commonly associated with leaf spots on a broad range of plant hosts. The goal of the present study was ...
  • Nel, Louis Hendrik; Taylor, Louise H.; Balaram, Deepashree; Doyle, Kim A.S. (Elsevier, 2017-01)
    There is a need for innovation to improve control of all Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs). The Global Alliance for Rabies Control was formed to prevent human deaths from rabies and relieve the burden of rabies in other ...
  • Nel, Louis Hendrik; Taylor, Louise H.; Hampson, Katie; Fahrion, Anna; Abela-Ridder, Bernadette (Elsevier, 2017-01)
    Current passive surveillance data for canine rabies, particularly for the regions where the burden is highest are inadequate for appropriate decision making on control efforts. Poor enforcement of existing legislation and ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wood, A.R.; Damm, U.; Van der Linde, E.J.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Cheewangkoon, R. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016)
    Species belonging to the Coryneliaceae and parasitizing Podocarpaceae hosts were collected from different locations in South Africa and studied morphologically by light microscopy and molecularly by obtaining partial ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Castroaguin, V.L.; Moreira, S.I.; Pereira, S.S.; Brunner, P.C.; Maciel, J.L.N.; McDonald, B.A.; Alves, E.; Ceresini, P.C. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016-06-24)
    Pyricularia oryzae is a species complex that causes blast disease on more than 50 species of poaceous plants. Pyricularia oryzae has a worldwide distribution as a rice pathogen and in the last 30 years emerged as an important ...

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