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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

Co Supervisor
Sanushka Naidoo

I first came to FABI in 2012. I am currently registered as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Noƫlani van den Berg in the Fruit Tree Biotechnology Program (FTBP).The molecular basis of Persea americana (avocado) tolerance to Phytophthora cinnamomi is poorly understood, thus my work focuses on the NONEXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 1 (NPR1) gene family in avocado. It is our hope that understanding the role of NPR1 in avocado will assist in the development of novel P. cinnamomi control strategies.

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Publication
Backer R, Mahomed W, Reeksting B, Engelbrecht J, Ibarra-Laclette E, van den Berg N. (2015) Phylogenetic and expression analysis of the NPR1-like gene family from Persea americana (Mill.). Frontiers in Plant Science 6:300. 10.3389/fpls.2015.00300