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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Zander Myburg
I did my undergraduate and the University of Pretoria in BSc (Agric) Genetics: Plant Breeding and followed on to do an MSc: Genetics titled "Site-directed mutagenesis and functional analysis of Eucalyptus Sucrose synthase (EgSuSy1) in Arabidopsis thaliana. I am now employed in Mondi Forests as a Eucalyptus research scientist since 2009 with a portfolio to research and innovation of breeding tools and strategies for the Tree Improvement Research Programme. At present, I am registered with the University of Pretoria to pursue a PhD study to investigate genomic selection as a marker assisted breeding tool for growth and wood quality traits in Eucalyptus grandis.
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Publication
Vivas M, Kemler M, Mphahlele MM, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2017) Maternal effects on phenotype, resistance and the structuring of fungal communities in Eucalyptus grandis. Environmental and Experimental Botany 140:120-127. 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.06.002