Ms Janine Boshoff
Plant and Soil Sciences
|Jacquie van der Waals|
I am a student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria. I have a passion for science and nature, and I am very interested in the interaction of various biological systems.
During my Honour's degree, I tested the effect of a ferrous iron chelate on Pectobacterium brasiliense. Pectobacterium brasilense threatens profitable potato production worldwide, and control of this pathogen is challenging.
In my Master's project, I will investigate if reduced sensitivity to ethaboxam and mandipropamid is present in Phytophthora nicotianae isolates from citrus nurseries in South Africa.
I am part of the dynamic diagnostic team in the Potato Pathology Programme at the University of Pretoria. We isolate and identify the causal agents on diseased crops submitted to the diagnostic clinic. Based on the results obtained, we compile diagnostic reports and give recommendations to our clients.