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 Maayer, Pieter; Aliyu, Habibu; Vikram, Surendra; Blom, Jochem; Duffy, Brion; Cowan, Don A.; Smits, Theo H.M.; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas); Coutinho, Teresa A. (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2017-09-14)
    Pantoea ananatis is ubiquitously found in the environment and causes disease on a wide range of plant hosts. By contrast, its sister species, Pantoea stewartii subsp. stewartii is the host-specific causative agent of the ...
  • Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas); Palmer, Marike; Beukes, Chrizelle Winsie; Chan, Wai Yin; Shin, Giyoon; Van Zyl, Elritha; Seale, Tarren; Coutinho, Teresa A.; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora (Springer, 2017-10)
    Bacterial species are commonly defined by applying a set of predetermined criteria, including DNA–DNA hybridization values, 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, phenotypic data as well as genome-based criteria such as average ...
  • Bell, V.A.; Blouin, A.G.; Cohen, D.; Hedderley, D.I.; Oosthuizen; Oosthuizen, T.; Spreeth, N.; Lester, P.J. (Edizioni ETS, 2017)
    Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) is the most serious virus in New Zealand and South African vineyards. Its negative influence on berry development is reflected on wine quality, thus making GLRaV-3 control a ...
  • Giraldo, Alejandra; Crous, Pedro W.; Schumacher, Rene K.; Cheewangkoon, Ratchadawan; Ghobad-Nejhad, Masoomeh; Langer, Ewald (Springer, 2017-04)
    The current paper represents the third contribution in the Genera of Fungi series, linking the type species of fungal genera to their morphology and DNA sequence data, and, where possible, ecology. In this issue, we have ...
  • Breedt, Gerhard; Labuschagne, Nico; Coutinho, Teresa A. (Wiley, 2017-09)
    Maize, Zea mays is the most important grain crop in South Africa and is a staple food in many African countries. The beneficial effects of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria on crop growth and yield have been well ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Groenewald, Johannes Z. (International Mycological Association, 2017-05-23)
    The current paper represents the fourth contribution in the Genera of Fungi series, linking type species of fungal genera to their morphology and DNA sequence data. The present paper focuses on two genera of microfungi, ...
  • Marincowitz, Seonju; Duong, Tuan A.; Heiniger, U.; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm (Wiley, 2017-08)
    Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) trees have been declining in the Rhône valley, Switzerland, for almost three decades. In an assessment of the role of fungi in this syndrome, the dominant fungus isolated from stained roots ...
  • Aiello, Dalia; Polizzi, Giancarlo; Crous, Pedro W.; Lombard, Lorenzo (International Mycological Association, 2017-04-05)
    During 2015, a new basal rot disease was observed on potted plants of Strelitzia reginae in an ornamental nursery located in eastern Sicily. Isolations from symptomatic parts of these diseased plants consistently ...
  • Paweska, Janusz Tadeusz; Jansen van Vuren, Petrus; McCulloch, Stewart D.; Scott, Terence Peter; Meier, Gunther H.; Le Roux, Chantel; Conteh, Ousman S.; Kemp, Alan; Fourie, Cardia; Naidoo, Prabha; Naicker, Serisha; Ohaebosim, Phumza; Storm, Nadia; Hellferscee, Orienka; Ming Sun, Lisa K.; Loubser, Shayne; Goosen, Mark; Moerdyk, Alexandra; Dlamini, Wesley; Konneh, Kelfala; Kamara, Idrissa L.; Sowa, Dauda; Sorie, Samuel; Kargbo, Brima; Madhi, Shabir A. (Public Library of Science, 2017-06-19)
    BACKGROUND : In August 2014, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa established a modular high-biosafety field Ebola diagnostic laboratory (SA FEDL) near Freetown, Sierra Leone in ...
  • Gao, Yahui; Liu, Fang; Duan, Weijun; Crous, Pedro W.; Cai, Lei (International Mycological Association, 2017-06-01)
    Previous studies have shown that our understanding of species diversity within Diaporthe (syn. Phomopsis) is limited. In this study, 49 strains obtained from different countries were subjected to DNA sequence analysis. ...
  • Aylward, Janneke; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Dreyer, Leanne L.; Roets, Francois; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J. (International Mycological Association, 2017)
    The majority of plant pathogens are fungi and many of these adversely affect food security. This minireview aims to provide an analysis of the plant pathogenic fungi for which genome sequences are publically available, ...
  • Duarte, A.P.M.; Attili-Angelis, D.; Baron, N.C.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Crous, Pedro W.; Pagnocca, F.C. (Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, 2017)
    Isolates of Teratosphaeriaceae have frequently been found in the integument of attine ants, proving to be common and diverse in this microenvironment. The LSU phylogeny of the ant-isolated strains studied revealed that ...
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Wingfield, Michael J.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Lee, Dong Hyeon; 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.; Castroagudin, V.L.; Ceresini, P.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.; Lisboa, D.O.; Lisboa, W.S.; 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, J.C.; Raj, K.N.A.; Raj, K.N.A.; Rougeron, A.; Salcedo, I.; 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. (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 ...
  • Kabwe, Mubanga Helen; Govender, Nerissa; Vikram, Surendra; Bezuidt, Oliver M.; Makhalanyane, Thulani P. (Elsevier, 2017-06-08)
    Here we report the draft genome sequence of Hymenobacter sp. CRA2 isolated from the Nama Karoo shrub land soils of the Northern Cape, South Africa. This genome is approximately 5.88 Mb long and the assembly comprised 45 contigs.
  • Huang, Jianbei; Hammerbacher, Almuth; Forkelova, Lenka; Hartmann, Henrik (Wiley, 2017-05)
    The atmospheric CO2 concentration ([CO2]) is rapidly increasing, and this may have substantial impact on how plants allocate metabolic resources. A thorough understanding of allocation priorities can be achieved by modifying ...
  • Woudenberg, J.H.C.; Hanse, B.; Van Leeuwen, G.C.M.; Groenewald, J.Z.; Crous, Pedro W. (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. ...
  • Hiby, Elly; Atema, Kate Nattrass; Brimley, Rebecca; Hammond-Seaman, Alexandra; Jones, Mark; Rowan, Andrew; Fogelberg, Emelie; Kennedy, Mark; Balaram, Deepashree; Nel, Louis Hendrik; 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; Forbes, Kristian M.; Wingfield, Michael J.; 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 ...

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