Ms Cheyenne Theron

MSc student


Plant and Soil Sciences
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Primary Supervisor
Irene Barnes

Co Supervisor
Mike Wingfield

I have been involved in FABI since my undergraduate studies where, as a mentorship student, I was bitten by the metaphorical bug and have not left since. I completed my undergraduate degree in Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria, that for final year (2019), included doing a project to determine whether Lecanosticta species are causing needle blight disease on various Pinus species in Colombia. For my M.Sc., I am expanding on my previous study by investigating the spread and host diversity of Lecanosticta species in Colombia. Furthermore, I am also investigating the status of other pine needle diseases in Colombia to gain insight into the pathogens that may pose a risk to non-native pine plantations within the Southern Hemisphere. 

Other than uncovering these mysteries I enjoy hiking, reading and having a braai with family and friends.