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Postdoctoral Fellow

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Short CV
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I am currently working towards completing my PhD degree, under the supervision of Prof. Gerhard Pietersen in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. The main objective of my project is to contribute to the cross-protection scheme of the Southern African Citrus Improvement Scheme. Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) is the most destructive viral pathogen of citrus with grapefruit cultivars being the most sensitive to severe strain CTV infections. Knowledge of which strains of the virus are present in particular cultivars and production areas and this is the focus of my PhD study.

This project has provided me with excellent opportunities in broadening my knowledge and expertise in plant pathology and has giving me a firm foundation for starting a career in research and providing solutions to industry problems.

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Publication
Read DA, Pietersen G. (2016) PCR bias associated with conserved primer binding sites, used to determine genotype diversity within Citrus tristeza virus populations. Journal of Virological Methods 237:107-113. 10.1016/j.jviromet.2016.09.004
Lin H, Pietersen G, Han C, Read DA, Lou B, Gupta G, Civerolo EL. (2015) Complete genome sequence of “Candidatus Liberibacter africanus,” a bacterium associated with Citrus Huanglongbing. Genome Announcements 3(4):e00733-15. 10.1128/genomeA.00733-15 PDF
Read DA, Pietersen G. (2015) Genotypic diversity of Citrus tristeza virus within red grapefruit, in a field trial site in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 142(3):531-545. 10.1007/s10658-015-0631-x
Scott KA, Hlela Q, Zablocki ODJ, Read DA, Van Vuuren SP, Pietersen G. (2013) Genotype composition of populations of Citrus tristeza virus grapefruit cross-protecting GFMS12 in different host plants and aphid-transmitted sub-isolates. Archives of Virology 158(1):2-37. 10.1007/s00705-012-1450-4 PDF