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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  • 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 ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Guatimosim, E.; Schwartsburd, P.B.; Barreto, R.W. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2016)
    The fern flora of the world (Pteridophyta) has direct evolutionary links with the earliest vascular plants that appeared in the late Devonian. Knowing the mycobiota associated to this group of plants is critical for a ...
  • Kwenda, Stanford; Moleleki, Lucy N.; Gorshkov, Vladimir; Petrova, Olga; Osipova, Elena; Gogolev, Yuri (Public Library of Science, 2017-01-12)
    The ability to adapt to adverse conditions permits many bacterial species to be virtually ubiquitous and survive in a variety of ecological niches. This ability is of particular importance for many plant pathogenic ...
  • Wingfield, Michael J.; Crous, Pedro W.; Lombard, L.; Alfenas, A.C. (Elsevier, 2016-11-22)
    The genus Calonectria with its Cylindrocladium asexual morphs has been subject to several taxonomic revisions in the past. These have resulted in the recognition of 116 species, of which all but two species (C. hederae ...
  • Hammerbacher, Almuth; Dalman, Kerstin; Wind, Julia Johanna; Nemesio-Gorriz, Miguel; Lunden, Karl; Ezcurra, Ines; Elfstrand, Malin (BioMed Central, 2017-01-06)
    BACKGROUND : The NAC family of transcription factors is one of the largest gene families of transcription factors in plants and the conifer NAC gene family is at least as large, or possibly larger, as in Arabidopsis. These ...
  • Hernández-Restrepo, Margarita; Mena-Portales, Julio; Guarro, Josep; Minter, David W.; Gené, Josepa (Borntraeger Science Publishers, 2016-11)
    Four new species of Sporidesmium complex collected on plant debris in different protected areas of the Iberian Peninsula are described and illustrated. Penzigomyces basiacutus is characterized by its obclavate to rostrate ...
  • Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; Madrid, H.; Gené, J.; Cano, J.; Guarro, J.; Silva, V. (Springer, 2016-10)
    In the course of taxonomic studies on saprobic microfungi from Spain, several slow-growing, dematiaceous hyphomycetes were isolated from soil, submerged plant material and river sediments. Sixteen of these strains were ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wang, X.W.; Houbraken, J.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Meijer, M.; Andersen, B.; Nielsen, K.F.; Samson, R.A. (Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS), 2016-12-08)
    During a study of indoor fungi, 145 isolates belonging to Chaetomiaceae were cultured from air, swab and dust samples from 19 countries. Based on the phylogenetic analyses of DNA-directed RNA polymerase II second largest ...
  • Human, Z.R. (Zander Rainier); De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Wingfield, Michael J.; Slippers, Bernard; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas); Moon, Kyuho; Bae, Munhyung; Cha, Sangwon; Oh, Dong-Chan (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2016-11-02)
    Common saprophytic fungi are seldom present in Protea infructescences, which is strange given the abundance of mainly dead plant tissue in this moist protected environment. We hypothesized that the absence of common ...
  • McTaggart, Alistair R.; Shivas, Roger G.; Doungsa-ard, Chanintorn; Weese, Terri L.; Beasley, Dean R.; Hall, Barbara H.; Metcalf, Dean A.; Geering, Andrew D. W. (Springer, 2016-12)
    Collections of rust fungi (Pucciniales) on species of Allium in Australia have previously been identified as Puccinia allii. These identifications are unsatisfactory as P. allii is a species complex that has yet to be ...
  • Scott, Terence Peter; Nel, Louis Hendrik (MDPI Publishing, 2016-08-19)
    Rabies has affected mankind for several centuries and is one of the oldest known zoonoses. It is peculiar how little is known regarding the means by which rabies virus (RABV) evades the immune response and kills its host. ...
  • Coutinho, Teresa A.; Van Wyk, Schalk J. P.; Boutigny, Anne-Laure; Viljoen, Altus (American Phytopathological Society, 2012-06)
    Pitch canker, caused by Fusarium circinatum, was first reported in a forestry nursery in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa in 1990, and it has since spread to almost all forestry nurseries in the country, where ...

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