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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  • Crous, Pedro W.; Woudenberg, J.H.C.; Hanse, B.; Van Leeuwen, G.C.M.; Groenewald, J.Z. (Elsevier, 2017-06-06)
    In 2007 a new Stemphylium leaf spot disease of Beta vulgaris (sugar beet) spread through the Netherlands. Attempts to identify this destructive Stemphylium sp. in sugar beet led to a phylogenetic revision of the genus. ...
  • Nel, Louis Hendrik; Hiby, Elly; Atema, Kate Nattrass; Brimley, Rebecca; Hammond-Seaman, Alexandra; Jones, Mark; Rowan, Andrew; Fogelberg, Emelie; Kennedy, Mark; Balaram, Deepashree; Cleaveland, Sarah; Hampson, Katie; Townsend, Sunny; Lembo, Tiziana; Rooney, Nicola; Whay, Helen Rebecca; Pritchard, Joy; Murray, Jane; Van Dijk, Lisa; Waran, Natalie; Bacon, Heather; Knobel, Darryn; Tasker, Lou; Baker, Chris; Hiby, Lex (BioMed Central, 2017-05-30)
    BACKGROUND : Dogs are ubiquitous in human society and attempts to manage their populations are common to most countries. Managing dog populations is achieved through a range of interventions to suit the dog population dynamics ...
  • Linnakoski, Riikka; Wingfield, Michael J.; Forbes, Kristian M.; Pulkkinen, Pertti; Asiegbu, Fred O. (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2017-05-26)
    Climate changes, exemplified by increased temperatures and CO2 concentration, pose a global threat to forest health. Of particular concern are pests and pathogens, with a warming climate altering their distributions and ...
  • De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Guo, Huijuan; Benndorf, Rene; Leichnitz, Daniel; Klassen, Jonathan L.; Vollmers, John; Goerls, Helmar; Steinacker, Matthias; Weigel, Christiane; Dahse, Hans-Martin; Kaster, Anne-Kristin; Poulsen, Michael; Beemelmanns, Christine (Wiley, 2017-07)
    The discovery of six new, highly substituted tropolone alkaloids, rubterolones A–F, from Actinomadura sp. 5-2, isolated from the gut of the fungus-growing termite Macrotermes natalensis is reported. Rubterolones were ...
  • Mathipa, Moloko Gloria; Thantsha, Mapitsi Silvester (BioMed Central, 2017-05-08)
    There is a growing concern about the increase in human morbidity and mortality caused by foodborne pathogens. Antibiotics were and still are used as the first line of defense against these pathogens, but an increase in ...
  • Tanui, Collins Kipngetich; Shyntum, Divine Yufetar; Priem, Stefan Louis; Theron, Jacques; Moleleki, Lucy N. (Public Library of Science, 2017-05)
    Iron is an important nutrient for the survival and growth of many organisms. In order to survive, iron uptake from the environment must be strictly regulated and maintained to avoid iron toxicity. The ferric uptake ...
  • Wilken, P.M ( Markus); Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Wingfield, Michael J.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Wingfield, Brenda D. (Elsevier, 2017-07)
    Filamentous fungi in the subdivision Pezizomycotina (Ascomycota) display an impressive diversity of mating strategies. These mating systems are all controlled by the mating-type (MAT) genes, some of which are conserved, ...
  • Marin-Felix, Yasmina; Marincowitz, Seonju; Barnes, Irene; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Giraldo, Alejandra; Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; McTaggart, Alistair R.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Crous, Pedro W.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Cai, L.; Chen, Q.; Bensch, K.; Braun, U.; Campores, E.; Damm, U.; Dissanayake, A.; Edwards, J.; Giraldo, Alejandra; Hyde, K.D.; Jayawardena, R.S.; Lombard, L.; Luangsa-ard, J.; Rossman, A.Y.; Sandoval-Denis, M.; Shen, M.; Shivas, R.G.; Tan, Y.P.; Van der Linde, E.J.; Wood, A.R.; Zhang, J.Q.; Zhang, Y. (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2017-05-05)
    Genera of Phytopathogenic Fungi (GOPHY) is introduced as a new series of publications in order to provide a stable platform for the taxonomy of phytopathogenic fungi. This first paper focuses on 21 genera of phytopathogenic ...
  • Vikram, Surendra; Govender, Nerissa; Kabwe, Mubanga Helen; Bezuidt, K.I.O. (Keoagile Ignatius Oliver); Makhalanyane, Thulani P. (Elsevier, 2017-06-10)
    Massilia sp. are aerobic, Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria that are found in air, water, and soils. Here we describe the draft genome sequence of Massilia sp. KIM, isolated from the South African grassland soils. The ...
  • Van Vuuren, Moritz (Plaas Publishing, 2017-05)
    Bakteriële weerstand teen antibiotika het die afgelope twee dekades wêreldwyd betekenisvolle aandag gekry, vanuit die perspektief van bewustheid van die implikasies van die ontwikkeling van weerstand vir mens en ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Jami, Fahimeh; Slippers, Bernard; Zlatkovic, M.; Keca, N. (Wiley, 2017-06)
    Diplodia sapinea is an important pathogen of pine trees in plantations and urban areas in many parts of the world. This pathogen has recently also been isolated from diseased Cedrus atlantica, C. deodara and Picea omorika ...
  • De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Kolarik, Miroslav; Hulcr, Jiri; Tisserat, Ned; Kostovcik, Martin; Kolarikova, Zuzana; Seybold, Steven J.; Rizzo, David M. (Taylor and Francis, 2017-04)
    Fungi in the genus Geosmithia (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) are frequent associates of bark beetles and woodborers that colonize hardwood and coniferous trees. One species, Geosmithia morbida, is an economically damaging ...
  • Vivas, Maria; Kemler, Martin; Wingfield, Michael J.; Slippers, Bernard; Mphahlele, Makobatjatji M. (Elsevier, 2017-08)
    The environmental experience of plants can modulate the development of the offspring and their interactions with other organisms. These effects, generally known as maternal effects, occur through seed provisioning and ...
  • Scola, Vincent; Ramond, Jean-Baptiste; Frossard, Aline; Zablocki, Olivier; Adriaenssens, Evelien M.; Johnson, Riegardt M.; Cowan, Don A.; Seely, Mary (Springer, 2017-06)
    The hyperarid Namib desert is a coastal desert in southwestern Africa and one of the oldest and driest deserts on the planet. It is characterized by a west/east increasing precipitation gradient and by regular coastal fog ...
  • Van den Berg, Gert J.; Verryn, Steve D.; Chirwa, Paxie W. (Taylor and Francis, 2017)
    In South Africa, Eucalyptus grandis is an important species due to its fast growth and general suitability of its timber for a range of products. However, E. grandis is susceptible to fungal diseases such as Crysoporthe ...
  • Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; Crous, Pedro W.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Elliott, M.L.; Canning, G.; McMillan, V.E. (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2016-07-01)
    Take-all disease of Poaceae is caused by Gaeumannomyces graminis (Magnaporthaceae). Four varieties are recognised in G. graminis based on ascospore size, hyphopodial morphology and host preference. The aim of the present ...
  • Kwenda, Stanford (University of Pretoria, 2017)
    Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense, a necrotrophic phytopathogen belonging to the soft rot Enterobacteriaceae (SRE) family is responsible for causing tuber soft rot and blackleg diseases of stems in potato plants. ...
  • Pietersen, Gerhard; New, S.A.; Van Heerden, S.W.; Esterhuizen, L.L. (American Phytopathological Society, 2016)
    No abstract available.
  • Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; Wingfield, Michael J.; Duong, Tuan A.; Marin-Felix, Yasmina; Marincowitz, Seonju; Crous, Pedro W.; Schumacher, Rene K.; Ahmad, Ishtiaq; Cai, Lei; Edwards, Jacqueline; Gene, Josepa; Groenewald, Johannes Z.; Jabeen, Sana; Khalid, Abdul Nasir; Lombard, Lorenzo; Madrid, Hugo; Miller, Andrew N.; Rajeshkumar, Kunhiraman C.; Rashid, Abdul; Sarwar, Samina; Stchigel, Alberto M.; Taylor, Paul W.J.; Zhou, Nan (Verlag Ferdinand Berger, 2016-09)
    The present study introduces two new genera, 14 new species, five new combinations and 12 interesting host and/or geographical records. A majority of the fungi are Ascomycetes, but the study also includes a Basidiomycete, ...
  • Dietrich, Muriel; Tjale, Mabotse A.; Weyer, Jacqueline; Seamark, Ernest; Nel, Louis Hendrik; Markotter, Wanda; Kearney, Teresa; Monadjem, Ara (Public Library of Science, 2016-03-21)
    In addition to several emerging viruses, bats have been reported to host multiple bacteria but their zoonotic threats remain poorly understood, especially in Africa where the diversity of bats is important. Here, we ...

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