Mr Phinda Magagula

PhD student


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Primary Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

I’m currently enrolled for an MSc in Plant Sciences within the Avocado Research Programme, under the supervision of Prof. Noëlani van den Berg. My current research project focuses on the physiological response of South African avocado rootstocks to Rosellinia necatrix, as well as an evaluation of potential control strategies for this pathogen. The aim of this study is to assess the phenotypic response and disease development of white root rot in avocado. I will also assess different control methods for R. necatrix through in vitro and in vivo studies. Ultimately, the work will further assist in gaining knowledge that could be used to give advice to farmers on how to prevent the spread and build-up of the pathogen in avocado orchards through efficient agronomic practices.