Ms Tsholofelo Kibido

PhD student


Plant and Soil Sciences
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Primary Supervisor
Juan Vorster

After obtaining a BSc. degree in Microbiology, I continued with my post graduate studies and did an Honours degree in Plant Biotechnology. The research conducted during my Honours project involved characterisation of a wound inducible cystatin in maize. My MSc study investigated the use of transgenic oryzacystatin-I expressing tobacco plants in enhancing recombinant protein production. My current PhD research focuses on the phenotypic and molecular characterization of efficient nitrogen fixation and nodule functioning for Glycine Max (L.) Merr. (soybean) crop improvement under water limiting conditions. 

National Conference attended and presented


1.      Combined Congress, Klein Kariba, South Africa, 23-27 January 2017. Selection of osmotolerant and effective rhizobial strains on symbiotic nitrogen fixation efficiency in soybean under water deficit stress.

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Kibido T, Kunert K, Makgopa M, Greve M, Vorster BJ . (2019) Improvement of rhizobium‐soybean symbiosis and nitrogen fixation under drought. Food and Energy Security :e117. 10.1002/fes3.177 PDF
Kunert K, Vorster BJ, Fenta BA, Kibido T, Dionisio G, Foyer CH. (2016) Drought stress responses in soybean roots and nodules. Frontiers in Plant Science 7(1015) 10.3389/fpls.2016.01015 PDF
Pillay P, Kibido T, Du Plessis M, Van der Vyver C, Beyene G, Vorster BJ, Kunert KJ, Schlueter U. (2012) Use of Transgenic Oryzacystatin-I-Expressing Plants Enhances Recombinant Protein Production. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 168(6):1608-1620. 10.1007/s12010-012-9882-6