Ms Zorada Swart
The subject of my MSc research is the nematode, Deladenus siricidicola. It is used as a biocontrol agent against the invasive wasp, Sirex noctilio that infects pine trees in symbiosis with a fungus, Amylostereum areolatum.
I am interested in the immune interactions during Deladenus parasitisation of Sirex. Using transcriptomic data from Deladenus-infected Sirex larvae, I aim to identify genes involved in the nematode’s evasion of the immune response of its insect host.