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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  • Botha, Stephanus Johannes (University of Pretoria, 1986)
    Sporolactobacillus-isolate is verkry vanaf die mis van verskillende herbivore diere, asook vanaf die rumen van 'h bees en die finale afvloeiwater van 'h abattoir. Die isolate toon onderlinge verskille ten opsigte van ...
  • Wingfield, Brenda D.; Berger, David Kenneth; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Lim, Hye-Jin; Duong, Tuan A.; Bluhm, Burton H.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; De Vos, Lieschen; Fourie, Gerda; Naidoo, Kershney; Olivier, Nicholas Abraham; Lin, Yao-Cheng; Van de Peer, Yves; Joubert, Fourie; Crampton, Bridget Genevieve; Swart, Velushka; Soal, Nicole; Tatham, Catherine; Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Albertus (Albie); Van Wyk, Stephanie; Wilken, P.M ( Markus); Wingfield, Michael J. (International Mycological Association, 2017-11-21)
    The genomes of Cercospora zeina, Fusarium pininemorale, Hawksworthiomyces lignivorus, Huntiella decipiens, and Ophiostoma ips are presented in this genome announcement. Three of these genomes are from plant pathogens and ...
  • Zwart, Lizahn; Berger, David Kenneth; Moleleki, Lucy N.; Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Albertus (Albie); Myburg, Alexander Andrew; Naidoo, Sanushka (Nature Publishing Group, 2017-03)
    Eucalyptus species are cultivated for forestry and are of economic importance. The fungal stem canker pathogen Chrysoporthe austroafricana causes disease of varying severity on E. grandis. The Eucalyptus grandis-Chrysoporthe ...
  • Guarnaccia, Vladimiro; Crous, Pedro W. (International Mycological Association, 2017-11-01)
    Species of Diaporthe are considered important plant pathogens, saprobes, and endophytes on a wide range of plant hosts. Several species are well-known on citrus, either as agents of pre- or post-harvest infections, such ...
  • Zimudzi, Josephine; Van der Waals, Jacquie E. (Jacqueline Elise); Coutinho, Teresa A.; Cowan, Don A.; Valverde, Angel (Elsevier, 2018-06)
    Soil fungal communities perform important ecological roles determining, at least in part, agricultural productivity. This study aimed at examining the fungal community dynamics in the potato rhizosphere across different ...
  • Li, JieQiong; Wingfield, Michael J.; Liu, QianLi; Barnes, Irene; Roux, Jolanda; Lombard, Lorenzo; Crous, Pedro W.; Chen, ShuaiFei (International Mycological Association, 2017-10-17)
    Diseases caused by species of Calonectria (Ca.) represent a serious threat to the growth and sustainability of Eucalyptus plantations in China. Symptoms caused by these fungi mainly include leaf blight on trees in ...
  • Scott, Terence Peter; Coetzer, Andre; Fahrion, Anna S.; Nel, Louis Hendrik (Frontiers Media, 2017-02-20)
    It is evident that rabies continues to be a neglected tropical disease; however, a recent global drive aims to eliminate canine-mediated human rabies by 2030. Global efforts have been vested into creating and developing ...
  • Strydom, Elrea; Pietersen, Gerhard (Elsevier, 2018-09)
    Soybean blotchy mosaic virus (SbBMV), a plant virus of the genus Cytorhabdovirus is an economically important virus of soybean reported only from the warmer, lower-lying soybean production areas in South Africa. The virus ...
  • Le Roux, K.; Stewart, D.; Perrett, K.D,; Nel, Louis Hendrik; Kessels, J.A.; Abela-Ridder, B. (World Health Organization, 2018-05)
    PROBLEM : Urbanization, large dog populations and failed control efforts have contributed to continuing endemicity of dog-mediated rabies in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. APPROACH : From 2007 to 2014 we used a ...
  • Ramond, Jean-Baptiste; Woodborne, Stephan M.; Hall, Grant; Seely, Mary; Cowan, Don A. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-05-02)
    Carbon exchange in drylands is typically low, but during significant rainfall events (wet anomalies) drylands act as a C sink. During these anomalies the limitation on C uptake switches from water to nitrogen. In the ...
  • Paap, Trudy; Burgess, Treena I.; Rolo, Victor; Steel, Emma; Hardy, Giles E. St. J. (Elsevier, 2018-10)
    Forest ecosystems characterised by higher tree species diversity have been linked to a reduced susceptibility to pathogens. Conversely, endemic pathogens contribute to forest ecosystem dynamics and process. In the face of ...
  • Sayari, Mohammad; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Van der Nest, Magrieta Aletta; Wingfield, Brenda D. (Elsevier, 2018-05)
    Polyketides are low-molecular weight secondary metabolites with diverse biological activities. Polyketide synthase (PKS) and other proteins responsible for producing these compounds are often encoded from genes that are ...
  • Taerum, Stephen J.; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Marincowitz, Seonju; Jankowiak, Robert; Wingfield, Michael J. (Elsevier, 2018-05)
    Ophiostoma quercus (Ascomycota, Ophiostomatales) is a globally widespread, insect-vectored fungus that colonizes a wide diversity of hardwood and conifer hosts. Although the fungus is considered to be non-pathogenic, it ...
  • NandaKafle, Gitanjali; Christie, Amy A.; Vilain, Sebastien; Brözel, V.S. (Volker Siegfried), 1963- (Frontiers Media, 2018)
    Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli such as serotype O157:H7 are a leading cause of food-associated outbreaks. While the primary reservoir is associated with cattle, plant foods have been associated as sources of human ...
  • Potgieter, Sarah; Pinto, Ameet; Sigudu, Makhosazana; Du Preez, Hein; Ncube, Esper Jacobeth; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas) (Elsevier, 2018-08)
    Long-term spatial-temporal investigations of microbial dynamics in full-scale drinking water distribution systems are scarce. These investigations can reveal the process, infrastructure, and environmental factors that ...
  • Palmer, Marike; Steenkamp, Emma Theodora; Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Avontuur, Juanita R.; Chan, Wai Yin; Van Zyl, Elritha; Blom, Jochen; Venter, S.N. (Stephanus Nicolaas) (Microbiology Society, 2018-04)
    The Erwiniaceae contain many species of agricultural and clinical importance. Although relationships among most of the genera in this family are relatively well resolved, the phylogenetic placement of several taxa remains ...
  • Read, David Alan; Palacios, M.F.; Figueroa, J.; Foguet, L.; Kleynhans, Jackie; Stein, B.; Pietersen, Gerhard (Springer, 2017-12)
    Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) causes various syndromes of citrus and consists of diverse strains which may cause symptoms of differing severity. Lemon is the most important citrus crop produced in Tucumán province, Argentina, ...
  • Lee, Dong Hyeon; Roux, Jolanda; Wingfield, Brenda D.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Elsevier, 2018-04)
    The African fungal tree pathogen, Ceratocystis albifundus, undergoes uni-directional mating type switching, giving rise to either self-fertile or self-sterile progeny. Self-sterile isolates lack the MAT1-2-1 gene and have ...
  • Pieracci, Emily G.; Scott, Terence Peter; Coetzer, Andre; Athman, Mwatondo; Mutembei, Arithi; Kidane, Abraham Haile; Bekele, Meseret; Ayalew, Girma; Ntegeyibizaza, Samson; Assenga, Justine; Markalio, Godson; Munyua, Peninah; Nel, Louis Hendrik; Blanton, Jesse (MDPI Publishing, 2017-07-18)
    International rabies networks have been formed in many of the canine-rabies endemic regions around the world to create unified and directed regional approaches towards elimination. The aim of the first sub-regional Eastern ...
  • Hernandez-Restrepo, Margarita; Gene, J.; Castaneda-Ruiz, R.F.; Mena-Portales, J.; Crous, Pedro W.; Guarro, J. (Elsevier, 2017-05-17)
    During a survey of saprophytic microfungi on decomposing woody, herbaceous debris and soil from different regions in Southern Europe, a wide range of interesting species of asexual ascomycetes were found. Phylogenetic ...

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