Mr Kristiann Labuschagne
Plant and Soil Sciences
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.
Despite the many complications relating to the global CoViD-19 crisis, FABI has continued to maintain substantial research momentum.
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 Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) Diagnostic Clinic team travelled to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in March for the annual Diagnostic Clinic training trip.