Ms Christy Marais

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I joined the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) group as research assistant in the Marker Team in 2014. Previously, I completed a BSc and BSc(Hons) in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria. In 2013, I completed my MSc in Animal Science, specialising in Animal Breeding and Genetics, under the supervision of Dr Carina Visser and Prof Esté van Marle-Köster. Currently I am one of four researchers involved in DNA fingerprinting using microsatellite DNA markers in commercially-grown Eucalyptus and Pinus species in South Africa. Analyses routinely performed include clonal analysis, parentage verification and species discrimination.

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Garritsen C, Van Marle-Köster E, Snyman MA, Visser C. (2015) The impact of DNA parentage verification on breeding value estimation and sire ranking in South African Angora goats. Small Ruminant Research 124:30 - 37. 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2015.01.008 PDF