Ms Cheyenne Theron
Plant and Soil Sciences
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.