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PhD student

Department

Genetics
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Co Supervisor
Zander Myburg

I am a PhD student in the department of Genetics and I joined FABI in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Naidoo and Prof Myburg.

Pets and pathogens are the cause of major devastations in Eucalyptus, thereby posing a great threat to the economy viability and sustainability of the Eucalyptus plantations. One of the major devastating pest in the Eucalypts in Leptocybe invasa. Hence, the focus of my study is to implement Genome Wide Association Study technique in E. grandis in order to identify SNP markers that are associated with resistance to L. invasa. Also to detect chemotypes  as this could lead to the identification of new signalling secondary metabolites involved in resistance to L. invasa.