Mr Renaan Thompson
The movement of plant material, including seed, has been linked to the global spread of many plant pathogens. My PhD research will investigate the diversity of seed-borne fungi associated with both locally produced and imported Pinus seed within South Africa. Pathogen transmission by seed can be closely monitored in order to prevent the spread and introduction of diseases in nurseries and plantations. The impact of vertical and horizontal transmission of the isolated seed-borne fungi will also be examined as well as various FSC approved chemical and non-chemical seed treatments, in order to minimize the negative impact of the seed-borne fungi on pine seed and seedlings.