Darryl Herron



Dr Darryl Herron is a Forest Pathologist and Diagnostician. His focus will be on helping lead Scion’s Diagnostic Service and driving an emerging threats research programme linked to work being done in diagnostics.


  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Pretoria, South Africa – in completion
  • MSc (Microbiology), University of Pretoria, South Africa - 2014
  • BSc (Hons) (Microbiology), University of Pretoria, South Africa - 2008

Research capabilities

  • Forest pathology
  • Fungal pathogen and insect pest diagnostics
  • Fungal Biology
  • Experimental design and statistical analyses
  • Phylogenetics
  • Systematics

Career highlights

  • Assistant Research Leader, Scion, 2020
  • TPCP Field Extension Officer, FABI, University of Pretoria, 2019 – 2020
  • TPCP Diagnostic Clinic Manager, FABI, University of Pretoria, 2011 – 2019
  • FameLab South Africa, National Finalist, 2018
  • South African Young Academy of Science blogger, 2018

Selected papers

Herron DA, Wingfield MJ, Fru F, Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET. 2020 Grasses as a refuge for Fusarium circinatum – Evidence from South Africa. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 82: 253-262

Herron DA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Rodas CA, Marincowitz S, Steenkamp ET, 2015. Novel taxa in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex from Pinus spp. Studies in Mycology 80: 131-150

Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET, Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Bam S, Barnes I, Beukes CW, Chane W-Y, de Vos L, Fourie G, Friend M, Gordon TR, Herron DA, et al., 2012 First fungal genome sequence from Africa: a preliminary analysis. South African Journal of Science 108:104-122