Ms Leandri Bezuidenhoudt
After completing a BSc undergraduate degree in Genetics and Entomology (2016) at the University of Pretoria, I joined the FABI team for a BSC Honours (Genetics) degree. My Honours project investigated plant-fungal interactions at a molecular level which was titled: Characterising the genetics of an asymptomatic, endophytic infection of Eucalyptus grandis by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea.
Since the completion of my BSc Honours degree (2017), I have embarked on a new journey, BSc Masters (Genetics). With the support and guidance of Prof. Bernard Slippers, I am aiming to deorphanize the genes involved in chemosensation of Sirex noctilio. This information can open the way to new control strategies of this invasive woodwasp that have been pestering South Africa for many years.