Ms Gloria Mukwirimba
Microbiology and Plant Pathology
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Plant Pathology within the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. My mentors are Prof Terry Aveling and Dr. Quenton Kritzinger (Plant Sciences).
The focus of my research is on seed-borne diseases of brassica vegetables grown by smallholder farmers and the alternative (or non- chemical) seed treatment methods that can be used for disease control . This includes the use of locally available natural compounds such as plant extracts and biological control agents as seed treatments. My research will evaluate the efficacy of a number of bio-control agents and different plant extract treatments for their efficacy against fungal and bacterial seed-borne pathogens of brassicaceae family.
BSc Honours degree in Crop Science and an MSc in Crop Protection both from the University of Zimbabwe.