Ms Mabodiba Maake
I completed my BSc in Applied microbiology in 2017 and my honours in Medical virology (2018), both at the University of Pretoria. I am currently enrolled for my master’s in microbiology under the wonderful supervision of Prof F. Venter and Emma Steenkamp.
My MSc focuses on the diversity of Bradyrhizobium and Mesorhizobium strains in South African indigenous legumes within the Genisteae tribe. The Genisteae tribe (sub-family Papilionoideae) is one of the largest legume tribes and are predominantly nodulated by Bradyrhizobium. Which establish symbiosis with many agriculturally important legumes such as cowpea and Bambara groundnut and also have broad geographical distribution. This study employs culture-dependent approaches i.e. polyphasic approaches including genomic, phylogenetic and phenotypic tests to study the diversity of rhizobia in indigenous legumes. This study will contribute towards the discovery and development of highly effective rhizobia inoculants for sustainable and cheaper food production.
Dr Miekie Human and Stefan Links are employed by Grain SA, but have been seconded to the University of Pretoria with effect from 1 February for part of their time.
Phyloge-knows-it outwitted 12 teams to be crowned winners at FABI’s first virtual Quiz Night on 4 September.
FABIans joined young researchers from several countries for the South African Society of Bioinformatics Student Council (SASBi-SC) Online Student Symposium from 4-6 August. FABIans contributed two oral presentations and a project overview to the 30 presentations at the online symposium.
For the first time in its 23-year history, FABI hosted a virtual Society for the Presentation of Outrageous Findings (SPOOF) event on 17 July. FABIans submitted nine pre-recorded videos, which in the spirit of the time, reflected the lighter moments of a nation under lockdown. The Gene Jockeys took the prize for the Best Abstract (with the subliminal message “Vote for us. FABI Director Prof.