Ms Valery Moloto
Microbiology and Plant Pathology
My research is focused on the detection and identification of seedborne bacterial pathogenes in onion. The objectives of my project include development of a rapid diagnostic protocol for the detection of seedborne bacterial pathogens in onions. Onion export/import contributes to the country’s economy. Different bacterial species causes similar symptoms on onion plants for example Pantoea ananatis and Pseudomonas syringae causes bacterial blight, stalk and leaf necrosis on onion. Therefore, detecting and examining bacterial pathogens prevent disease epidemic and export/import obstacles.