Ms Zorada Swart

MSc student


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Primary Supervisor
Bernard Slippers

Co Supervisor
Tuan Duong

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.