Mr Kristiann Labuschagne

MSc student


Plant and Soil Sciences
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Primary Supervisor
Juan Vorster

The potential societal value that Biotechnology presents is what inspired me to complete both my BSc and BSc (Hons) Biotechnology at the University of Pretoria. I am an MSc Biotechnology student based in the Plant and Soil Sciences department under the supervision of Prof Juan Vorster. Our research group aims to study the relationship that protease inhibitors have with the tolerance of transgenic plants towards abiotic stresses such as drought and salt stress.

My Masters project will aim to characterise a serine protease inhibitor that was identified in maize and transformed into Arabidopsis thaliana.


Research activities continue at the China Eucalyptus Research Centre (CERC)

Despite the many complications relating to the global CoViD-19 crisis, FABI has continued to maintain substantial research momentum.

FABI alumnus appointed to leadership position at Innovation Africa @UP 

The University of Pretoria has appointed Dr Marinda Visser as the Director: Strategic Projects and Partnerships in Agriculture - Innovation Africa@UP with effect from 1 May 2020.

Members of the TPCP Diagnostic Clinic learn more about forestry in Mpumalanga and KZN during their annual training trip

Members of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) Diagnostic Clinic team travelled to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in March for the annual Diagnostic Clinic training trip.