Dr Velushka Swart
Plant and Soil Sciences
Lecturer
Prof Noelani van den Berg
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Dr Robert Backer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ms Ncobile Kunene
Plant and Soil Sciences
Research Assistant
Dr Magriet van der Nest
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

Dr Molly Malefo
Plant and Soil Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ms Alicia Fick
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Melissa Joubert
FABI
PhD student MSc Student
Mr Phinda Magagula
FABI
PhD student
Ms Kayla Alexis Midgley
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Tsakani Miyambo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Alicia Vermeulen
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
PhD student
Ms Raven Wienk
FABI
PhD student

Ms Susanna Anbu
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Katelyn Baird
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Johane Cilliers
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Mr Aaron Harvey
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Mr Barend Jansen van Vuuren
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student
Ms Shalya Moodley
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
MSc student Masters Student

Mr Johannes (JJ) Nelson
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

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New Publications

Hlongwane NL, Dzomba EF, Hadebe K, van der Nest MA, Pierneef R, Muchadeyi FC. (2024) Identification of signatures of positive selection that have shaped the genomic landscape of South African pig populations. Animals 14:235. 10.3390/ani14020236
De Vos L, van der Nest MA, Santana QC, van Wyk S, Leeuwendaal KS, Wingfield BD, Steenkamp ET. (2024) Chromosome-level assemblies for the pine pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum. Pathogens 13(1):70. 10.3390/pathogens13010070
Joubert M, van den Berg N, Theron J, Swart V. (2024) Global transcriptomic analysis in avocado nursery trees reveals differential gene expression during asymptomatic infection by avocado sunblotch viroid (ASBVd). Virus Research 339:199263. 10.1016/j.virusres.2023.199263. PDF
Anbu SP, Swart V, van den Berg N. (2023) Unmasking the invaders: NLR-mal function in plant defense. Frontiers in Plant Science 14:1307294. 10.3389/fpls.2023.1307294 PDF
Backer R, Naidoo S, van den Berg N. (2023) The expression of the NPR1-dependent defense response pathway genes in Persea americana (Mill.) following infection with Phytophthora cinnamomi. BMC Plant Biology 23(1):548. 10.1186/s12870-023-04541-z PDF