Ms Alicia Fick



MSc student

Department

Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

I joined the FABI Avocado Research Program in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Noëlani van den Berg. My research focuses on identifying and characterising putative avocado Resistance genes important for avocado defences during Phytophthora cinnamomi attack. The results of this research might help identify key differences between P. cinnamomi resistant and susceptible rootstocks, which will ultimately be used to accelerate resistant avocado rootstock screening programs.

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Publication
Van den Berg N, Swart V, Backer R, Fick A, Wienk R, Engelbrecht J, Prabhu S. (2021) Advances in understanding defense mechanisms in Persea americana against Phytophthora cinnamomi. Frontiers in Plant Science 12:123. 10.3389/fpls.2021.636339