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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  • Laubscher, M.; Brown, K.; Tonfack, L.B.; Myburg, Alexander Andrew; Mizrachi, Eshchar; Hussey, Steven G. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-07-20)
    Secondary cell wall (SCW) deposition in Arabidopsis is regulated among others by NAC transcription factors, where SND1 chiefly initiates xylem fibre differentiation while VND6 controls metaxylem vessel SCW development, ...
  • Jami, Fahimeh; Marincowitz, Seonju; Slippers, Bernard; Wingfield, Michael J. (Springer, 2018-09)
    Fungi in the Botryosphaeriales (Ascomycetes) are common endophytes in woody plants with a wide global distribution and in some cases they are important tree pathogens. The aim of this study was to consider the possible ...
  • Visser, Erik A.; Wegrzyn, Jill L.; Myburg, Alexander Andrew; Naidoo, Sanushka (BioMed Central, 2018-08-23)
    BACKGROUND : Fusarium circinatum is a pressing threat to the cultivation of many economically important pine tree species. Efforts to develop effective disease management strategies can be aided by investigating the ...
  • Li, Fay-Wei; Brouwer, Paul; Carretero-Paulet, Lorenzo; Cheng, Shifeng; De Vries, Jan; Delaux, Pierre-Marc; Eily, Ariana; Koppers, Nils; Kuo, Li-Yaung; Li, Zheng; Simenc, Mathew; Small, Ian; Wafula, Eric; Angarita, Stephany; Barker, Michael S.; Brautigam, Andrea; DePamphilis, Claude; Gould, Sven; Hosmani, Prashant S.; Huang, Yao-Moan; Huettel, Bruno; Kato, Yoichiro; Liu, Xin; Maere, Steven; McDowell, Rose; Mueller, Lukas A.; Nierop, Klaas G.J.; Rensing, Stefan A.; Robison, Tanner; Rothfels, Carl J.; Sigel, Erin M.; Song, Yue; Timilsena, Prakash R.; Van de Peer, Yves; Wang, Hongli; Wilhelmsson, Per K.I.; Wolf, Paul G.; Xu, Xun; Der, Joshua P.; Schluepmann, Henriette; Wong, Gane K.-S.; Pryer, Kathleen M. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-07-02)
    Ferns are the closest sister group to all seed plants, yet little is known about their genomes other than that they are generally colossal. Here, we report on the genomes of Azolla filiculoides and Salvinia cucullata ...
  • Mosina, G.K.E. (Gabolwelwe); Moleleki, Lucy N. (Springer, 2018-10)
    Leaf responses of a susceptible potato cultivar (S. tuberosum cv. Valor) were compared to those of a tolerant potato cultivar (S. tuberosum cv. BP1) following challenge by Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense 1692 ...
  • Bose, Tanay; Wingfield, Michael J.; Roux, Jolanda; Vivas, Maria; Burgess, Treena I. (Elsevier, 2018-12)
    The diversity of Phytophthora species associated with various ecological niches is poorly understood. In this study, the community composition and distribution of Phytophthora species associated with non-native plantation ...
  • Coetzer, Andre; Scott, Terence Peter; Amparo, Anna Charinna; Jayme, Sarah; Nel, Louis Hendrik (Elsevier, 2018-09)
    The drive towards the worldwide elimination of dog-mediated human rabies by 2030 is the first step towards the ultimate goal of dog rabies elimination – as dogs account for more than 99% of human rabies cases globally – ...
  • Soldatkina, Maria.A.; Klochko, Vitalii V.; Zagorodnya, Svitlana D.; Rademan, Sunelle; Visagie, M.H. (Michelle Helen); Lebelo, M.T. (Maphuti); Gwangwa, Mokgadi Violet; Joubert, Anna Margaretha; Lall, Namrita; Reva, Oleg N. (Future Science, 2018-09)
    AIM : To determine the computer-predicted anticancer activity of antibiotic batumin. MATERIALS AND METHODS : Cytotoxicity assays, cell morphology microscopy and cell cycle progression were studied in cancer and nontumorigenic ...
  • Pimenoff, Ville N.; Houldcroft, Charlotte J.; Rifkin, R.F. (Riaan); Underdown, Simon (MDPI, 2018-07)
    Analysis of pathogen genome data sequenced from clinical and historical samples has made it possible to perform phylogenetic analyses of sexually transmitted infections on a global scale, and to estimate the diversity, ...
  • Clasen, Frederick Johannes; Pierneef, Rian; Slippers, Bernard; Reva, Oleg N. (BioMed Central, 2018-05-03)
    BACKGROUND : Genomic islands (GIs) are inserts of foreign DNA that have potentially arisen through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). There are evidences that GIs can contribute significantly to the evolution of prokaryotes. ...
  • Van Goethem, Marc W.; Pierneef, Rian; Bezuidt, K.I.O. (Keoagile Ignatius Oliver); Van de Peer, Yves; Cowan, Don A.; Makhalanyane, Thulani P. (BioMed Central, 2018-02-23)
    BACKGROUND : Soil bacteria naturally produce antibiotics as a competitive mechanism, with a concomitant evolution, and exchange by horizontal gene transfer, of a range of antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Surveys of ...
  • Haworth, Evan S.; Cunningham, Michael J.; Tjorve, Kathleen M. Calf (PeerJ, 2018-06)
    Sugarbirds are a family of two socially-monogamous passerine species endemic to southern Africa. Cape and Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops cafer and P. gurneyi) differ in abundance, dispersion across their range and in the ...
  • Bazanow, Barbara; Jansen van Vuren, Petrus; Szymanski, Piotr; Stygar, Dominika; Fracka, Agnieszka; Twardon, Jan; Kozdrowski, Roland; Paweska, Janusz Tadeusz (MDPI Publishing, 2018-02-17)
    West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) are members of the family Flaviviridae which, natural life cycles involve mosquito–bird–mosquito transmission. Both represent emerging viruses in Europe with potential to cause ...
  • Greeff, Jaco M. (Jacobus Maree); Reid, Kerry; Gagjee, Janishtha R.; Clift, Sarah J.; De Waal, P.J. (Pamela Jean) (Elsevier, 2018-07)
    Spirocerca lupi is a parasitic nematode of canids and occurs in most tropical and subtropical regions around the world. While its life cycle is well known, insight is lacking about its mating structure within-hosts, genetic ...
  • Ali, Daniel B.; Marincowitz, Seonju; Wingfield, Michael J.; Roux, Jolanda; Crous, Pedro W.; Taggart, Alistair R. (Springer, 2018-08)
    Fungi in the Cryphonectriaceae are important canker pathogens of plants in the Melastomataceae and Myrtaceae (Myrtales). These fungi are known to undergo host jumps or shifts. In this study, fruiting structures resembling ...
  • Mertens, Jasmin; Aliyu, Habibu; Cowan, Don A. (American Society for Microbiology, 2018-05)
    The LEA family is composed of a diverse collection of multi-domain and multi-functional proteins, found in all three Domains of the Tree of Life, but particularly common in plants. Most members of the family are known to ...
  • Tchotet Tchoumi, J.M.; Coetzee, Martin Petrus Albertus; Rajchenberg, M.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Roux, Jolanda (Springer, 2018-07)
    Large numbers of Acacia cyclops trees are dying along the coastal plains of the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa. The cause of the deaths has been attributed to a root and butt rot disease caused by the ...
  • Schoch, Conrad L.; Aime, M. Catherine; De Beer, Z. Wilhelm; Crous, Pedro W.; Hyde, Kevin D.; Penev, Lyubomir; Seifert, Keith A.; Stadler, Marc; Zhang, Ning; Miller, Andrew N. (International Mycological Association, 2017)
    The combination of manual curation and the reliance on updates from submitters to the public sequence databases is currently inefficient and impedes the comprehensive and timely release of records with new taxonomic names. ...
  • Taylor, Louise H.; Wallace, Ryan M.; Balaram, Deepashree; Lindenmayer, Joann M.; Eckery, Douglas C.; Mutonono-Watkiss, Beryl; Parravani, Ellie; Nel, Louis Hendrik (Frontiers Media, 2017-07-10)
    Free-roaming dogs and rabies transmission are integrally linked across many low-income countries, and large unmanaged dog populations can be daunting to rabies control program planners. Dog population management (DPM) is ...
  • Valenzuela, Loida M.; Jayme, Sarah I.; Amparo, Anna Charinna B.; Taylor, Louise H.; Dela Cruz, Maria Pinky Z.; Licuan, Dianne A.; Gamal-Bitao, Rosebelle; Nel, Louis Hendrik (Frontiers Media, 2017-04-27)
    As canine rabies control in Africa and Asia transitions from research-led proof-of-concept studies to government-led programs for elimination, experience and evidence of their impact and costs must be shared for the benefit ...

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