Marike du Plessis received the results of her MSc thesis examination last week. The reports of the two external examiners were extremely complimentary resulting in a cum laude distinction for Marieka. Thanks for making FABI proud, Marike!

The title of Marike's thesis was Phylo- and comparative genomics of the Pantoea core genome. The research was done under the supervision of Professors Fanus Venter, Teresa Countinho, Emma Steenkamp and Dr Martin Coetzee. She will be continuing with her PhD on more aspects of Pantoea genomics under the leadership of Profs Venter and Coutinho.