Mr Knowledge Mushonga

PhD student


Plant and Soil Sciences
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Member of:

Co Supervisor
Martin Steyn
Wijnand Swart

I began my career with an honors degree in Applied Biology and Biochemistry from the National University of Science and Technology- Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In 2009, I enrolled for an MSc in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology studying the genetic diversity of wild Sorghum subspecies arundinaceum from Zimbabwe using simple sequence repeats (SSRs), ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacers (ITS) and intergenic spacers (IGS). This project was funded by the Third World Academy of Sciences-Wild Sorghum (TWAS) Grant and the National University of Science and Technology for 3 years. In 2017, I joined the Potato Pathology Programme for PhD studies in Plant Science focusing on the impact of crop rotation effects on soil and plant health in a dryland production system situated in the Eastern Free State, South Africa.

My research interests include plant and soil health, genetic diversity of neglected and underutilized species, biostatistics and plant pathology.


FABI launches its multi-disciplinary Grain Research Programme

FABI launched its multidisciplinary Grain Research Programme (GRP) during an online event on 21 August.

In the latest issue of the magazine Pula Imvula, Dr Mahlane Godfrey Kgatle a postdoctoral Fellow at FABI has authored an article on crop rotation and its importance as part of a disease management strategy.

ACGT and FABI jointly hosts a Plant Phenotyping and Precision Agriculture workshop at Future Africa

On Tuesday, September 17, the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT), Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and Future Africa co-hosted a Plant Phenotyping and Precision Agriculture workshop at Future Africa on the University of Pretoria's Hillcrest Campus.

Modelling Workshop hosted by FABI

FABI hosted a simulation modelling workshop led by two leaders in the field, Dr Serge Savary and Dr Laetitia Willocquet; both senior scientists at the AGIR Research unit of INRA’s Research Centre of Toulouse in France.

Export to RIS
Mushonga K, Steyn JM, Swart WJ, van der Waals JE. (2020) Plant-soil feedback responses of four dryland crop species under greenhouse conditions. Plant-Environment Interactions 10.1002/pei3.10035 PDF