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MSc student

Department

Genetics
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Primary Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

I am an MSc student in the Fruit Tree Biotechnology Group. I have grown with this group since 2011, when I started as an undergraduate mentorship student. During my Hons I studied the expression of pathogenicity genes of Phytophthora cinnamomi over various developmental stages as well as two post-infection timepoints using avocado roots. My current project will involve sequencing the transcriptome of P. cinnamomi at various post-infection timepoints in the host plant avocado. This will form an important resource for investigating the molecular changes that occur in P. cinnamomi during infection. This knowledge will be helpful in understanding the mechanisms of pathogenicity in P. cinnamomi, and could contribute to the development of effctive control mechanisms for this devastating pathogen.

BSc Gentics

BSc Hons Genetics