Ms Tsakani Miyambo

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

Co Supervisor
Sreedhara Prabhu
Albe van der Merwe

I am currently studying my masters degree in genetics, under the Avocado Research Programme. My interest in plant-pathogen interactions has led me to join this research group. The focus of my study is on cell wall degrading enzymes called polygalacturonases which have been shown to play a pivotal role in cell wall degradation and invasion of the host plant by the pathogen. The exact role of these enzymes in the avocado-Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction is unknown which leads to the main aim of my research project. This research will assist in better understanding the role of polygalacturonase during infection of avocado.