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MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Sanushka Naidoo

I joined FABI in 2017 for my MSc Genetics degree as part of the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogen Interactions group (EPPI). Previously, I completed a BSc Honours degree in Genetics at the University of Pretoria in 2015. My research focus is on generating transcriptome assemblies for three economically important pine species in South Africa – Pinus greggii, P. maximinoi and P. oocarpa. These will serve as important resources for investigating the host-pathogen interaction between pine tree species and the fungal pathogen Fusarium circinatum. This pathogen poses a huge threat to the local and global forestry industry. Efforts to manage the disease have been limited by a lack of genomic resources for Pinus species, which in turn limited study of the mechanisms underlying resistance.