Mr Kevin Scheepers



MSc student

Department

Plant and Soil Sciences
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Primary Supervisor
Dave Berger

I completed both my undergraduate BSc and BSc Honours degrees in Biotechnology at the University of Pretoria. My Honours project focused of characterizing a novel maize receptor-like kinase gene, a candidate resistance gene against grey leaf spot disease. I am currently a MSc Biotechnology student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences working in the Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions (MPPI) research group in FABI, which is headed by Prof. Dave Berger. Our research group primarily focuses on foliar pathogens of maize and the diseases they cause.

 

My MSc project is focused on studying the effect of elevated CO2 levels on maize susceptibility to grey leaf spot disease.

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Publication
Welgemoed T, Pierneef R, Sterck L, Van de Peer Y, Swart V, Scheepers KD, Berger DK. (2020) De novo assembly of transcriptomes from a B73 maize line introgressed with a QTL for resistance to gray leaf spot disease reveals a candidate allele of a lectin receptor-like kinase. Frontiers in Plant Science http://bit.ly/2SmKPmT

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