Mrs Cornel Bender
Chief Officer:Professional Services
Plant Sciences
Plant Sciences
IB 64
051 4012948
Biology Building 225

Short CV

Cornel Bender grew up on a farm near Upington, South Africa and matriculated at the Hoërskool Upington in 1984.  She obtained a B.Sc. degree (Majors: Genetics and Microbiology -1988) and B.Sc. Honours degree (Genetics - 1989) at the University of the Free State.  She subsequently became involved in tobacco breeding while working as assistant agricultural researcher at the Tobacco and Cotton Research Institute, Rustenburg from January 1989 to April 1991.  She designed, managed and implemented breeding programmes for the genetic improvement of air cured tobacco and was also responsible for the development of tobacco tissue and anther cultures and the in vitro development of cotton fibers.

          Cornel commenced with postgraduate studies at the University of the Free State in 1991.  Her M.Sc. obtained in 1996 (Genetics/Plant Pathology) was entitled “The expression of leaf rust resistance in wheat lines containing Lr12 and Lr13” and her PhD obtained in 2020 was "Stem rust resistance in South African wheat and triticale".  She is currently employed as a professional officer, Department of Plant Sciences, Division of Plant Pathology.  Her primary responsibility is academic and research assistance to students and personnel in Plant Pathology.  She is also actively involved in the wheat rust research which includes breeding, cultivar evaluation and histopathology. She has delivered 12 formal and informal presentations and presented/co-author 46 papers/posters at local meetings and 19 at international meetings.


Publications (Short List)

1.       C.M. Bender, Z.A. Pretorius, F.J. Kloppers & A.S. Jacobs. 1996. Histopathology of Lr35 resistance to leaf rust of wheat. Cereal Rusts and Powdery Mildews Bulletin 24:116

2.       C.M. Bender, Z.A. Pretorius & J.J. Spies. 1997. Assessment of macroscopic components of leaf rust resistance in wheat genotypes containing Lr12 and Lr13. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 14: 71-80

3.       C.M. Bender, Z.A. Pretorius, F.J. Kloppers & J.J. Spies. 2000. Histopathology of leaf rust infection and development in wheat genotypes containing Lr12 and Lr13. Journal of Phytopathology 148: 65-76

4.       C.M. Bender & Z.A. Pretorius. 2000.  Expression of Lr34 resistance to wheat leaf rust in apical and basal flag leaf segments.  Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 35: 95-101

5.       J.E. Snyman, Z.A. Pretorius, F.J. Kloppers & C.M. Bender. 2002. Partial resistance to Puccinia triticina in certain Triticum species. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 19: 127-132

6.       B.J. Dunhin, Z.A. Pretorius, C.M. Bender, F.J. Kloppers & B. Flett. 2004. Description of spore stages of Puccinia sorghi in South Africa. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 21: 48-52

7.       T. Negussie, Z.A. Pretorius & C.M. Bender. 2005 Effect of Environmental Factors on In Vitro Germination of Urediniospores and Infection of Lentils by Rust (Uromyces viciae-fabae).  J. of Phytopathology 153: 43-47

8.       T. Negussie, Z.A. Pretorius & C.M. Bender. 2005 Components of rust resistance in lentil.  Euphytica 142: 55-64

9.       Z. A. Pretorius, C. M. Bender, B.Visser & T. Terefe, 2010. First Report of Virulence for the Sr31 Wheat Stem Rust (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici) resistance gene in South Africa. Plant Disease 94:784

10.     Z. A. Pretorius and C. M. Bender, 2010. First Report of Virulence for the Wheat Leaf Rust (Puccinia triticina) Resistance Gene Lr32 in South Africa Plant Disease 94(3):381 DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-94-3-0381A

11.      Z. A. Pretorius, C. M. Bender, B.Visser & T. Terefe, 2010. First report of a Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici race virulent to the Sr24 and Sr31 wheat stem rust resistance genes in South Africa. Plant Disease 94 (6): 784-785. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-94-6-0784C.

12.     Prins, R., Pretorius, Z.A., Bender, C.M. & Lehmensiek, A. 2011. QTL mapping of stripe, leaf and stem rust resistance genes in a Kariega x Avocet S doubled haploid wheat population. Molecular Breeding DOI 10.1007/s11032-010-9428-y        

13.     T. Terefe,  Z. A. Pretorius, C. M. Bender,  B. Visser, L. Herselman &  T.G. Negussie, 2011. First Report of a new wheat leaf rust (Puccinia triticina) race with virulence for Lr12, 13 and 37 in South Africa 2011. Plant Disease 95: 611

14.     Visser, B., Herselman, L., Park, R.F., Karaoglu, H., Bender, C.M. & Pretorius, Z.A. 2011. Characterization of two new Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici races within the Ug99 lineage in South Africa. Euphytica 179:119-127. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-010-0269-x.

15.     Agenbag, G.M., Pretorius, Z.A., Boyd, L.A., Bender, C.M. & Prins, R. 2012. Identification of adult plant resistance to stripe rust in the wheat cultivar Cappelle-Desprez. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 125:109-120 DOI: 10.1007/s00122-012-1819-5.

16.     Negussie, T.G., Bender, C.M., Van Wyk, P.W.J. & Pretorius, Z.A. 2012. Hypersensitivity of rust resistance in lentil. SA J Plant &Soil 29(1):25-29.

17.     Pretorius, Z.A., Jin, Y., Bender, C.M., Herselman, L. & Prins, R. 2012. Seedling resistance to stem rust race Ug99 and marker analysis for Sr2, Sr24 and Sr31 in South African wheat cultivars and lines. Euphytica 186(1):15-23 DOI 10.1007/s10681-011-0476-0.

18.     Visser, B., Herselman, L., Bender, C.M. & Pretorius, Z.A. 2012. Microsatellite analysis of selected Puccinia triticina races in South Africa. Australasian Plant Pathology 41:165-171. Doi:10.1007/s13313-011-0104-4.

19.     G. M. Agenbag, Z. A. Pretorius, L. A. Boyd, C. M. Bender, R. MacCormack & R. Prins, 2014. High-resolution mapping and new marker development for adult plant stripe rust resistance QTL in the wheat cultivar Kariega, Mol Breeding, DOI 10.1007/s11032-014-0158-4

20.     Pretorius, Z.A., Bender, C.M. & Visser, B. The rusts of wild rye in South Africa. SA J Bot 96:94-98.

21.     C. M. Bender, R. Prins, and Z. A. Pretorius Development of a Greenhouse Screening Method for Adult Plant Response in Wheat to Stem Rust. Plant Disease First Look.  (

22.     Lesley A. Boyd, Renee Prins, Susanne Dreisigacker, Zacharias Pretorius, Davinder Singh, Cornel Bender, Hester van Schalkwyk, Elsabet Wessels, Corneli Smit. 2016. Stem rust resistance in a geographically diverse collection of spring wheat lines collected from across Africa. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11 July 2016. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00973

23.     Z.A. Pretorius, C.X. Lan, R. Prins, V. Knight, N.W. McLaren, R.P. Singh C.M. Bender, & F.J. Kloppers. 2016. Application of remote sensing to identify adult plant resistance loci to stripe rust in two bread wheat mapping populations. Precision Agriculture (2016). doi:10.1007/s11119-016-9461-x



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