Mr Robert Backer
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
|Noelani van den Berg|
I first came to FABI in 2012. I am currently registered as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Noëlani 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.