In June 2011 three staff members of the department of Plant Sciences at UFS attended the 3rd Technical Workshop of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prof. Zakkie Pretorius, Dr. Renée Prins (affiliated) and Cornel Bender authored or co-authored five presentations on topics such as wheat stem rust resistance phenotyping,
QTL detection for stripe rust resistance, stem rust race analysis and global surveillance systems for monitoring movement of rust diseases. In addition to formal proceedings the 4-day conference included a field visit and workshops on race nomenclature and pre-breeding for resistance to stem rust race Ug99. The meeting was attended by more than 200 wheat scientists from all over the world.
Prior to the meeting Prof. Pretorius assisted Dr Yue Jin of the USDA Cereal Disease Laboratory in St Paul in surveying for barberry plants, the alternate host of Puccinia graminis. They also visited the University of Minnesota arboretum in Chaska, MN, the site where Dr Jin recently found the aecial stage of Puccinia striiformis on Berberis chinensis and
B. koreana for the first time in history.
In November 2011 Dr Brian Steffenson (barley pathologist) and Dr Kevin Stevens (barley breeder), both from the University of Minnesota, visited South Africa for evaluating barley germplasm for response to race Ug99 of Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici.
Their trials were planted with the assistance of Dr Rikus Kloppers at the Pannar Research Station in Greytown, KZN.
Dr Melodie Putnam who is Director of the Plant Disease Clinic at Oregon State University will spend part of her sabbatical at the University of
Pretoria (from 1st November to the 21st January). She will spend time in the FABI Diagnostic Centre as well as conduct research on Rhodococcus fascians (= Corynebacterium fascians).
This bacterium is a phytopathogen that causes leafy gall disease and its host range includes both dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous hosts. If you wish to contact Melodie her email
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