Ms Shivan Bezuidenhout

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Cobus Visagie

Co Supervisor
Neriman Yilmaz

I graduated with a dual major in Biochemistry and Microbiology in 2019. I joined the Applied Mycology group in 2020 and completed my Honours degree in Microbiology under the primary supervision of Prof. Cobus Visagie and co-supervision of Dr Neriman Yilmaz. My project "Fungi for Future" focused on fungal biodiversity using a citizen science model where the public collected soil from their homes in the Tshwane region.

I am currently completing my masters’ degree as a member of the Applied Mycology team and Grain Research programme. My research will focus on the fungal diversity associated with South African soybeans seeds (Glycine max) collected from silos across the country.  


NGRP hosts its first research day

On 9 May the National Grain Research Programme hosted its first research day at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus.

FABI welcomes its first Mycobiomics visitors from the Czech Republic

FABI welcomed a group of Czech mycologists are visiting the Institute as part of an international Mycobiomics Project supported by a MSCA-RISE grant.

FABI participates in the third seed packing project for the National Maize Cultivar Evaluation Trials

A team of 36 FABI TPCP/CPHB students and interns took to task packing a large number of maize seed cultivars from the 20-22 September 2021.

Mycotoxins: behind the scenes

Members of the Applied Mycology research group at FABI embarked on a day trip to the Southern African Grain Laboratory (SAGL) in Pretoria on Thursday 20 May.

Applied Mycology group visits Bayer Crop Science

On 6 May, members of the Applied Mycology group within the bigger Grain Research Program at FABI, visited the Bayer Crop Science experimental farm in Petit, Gauteng.

FABIans get 2021 up and running

ABI officially opened for the new year starting with an online Monday Morning Meeting on 11 January.

Fungi for Future project launched at a third primary school

FABI research Fellow Dr Neriman Yilmaz and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) outreach team recently visited Laerskool Menlopark within the “Fungi for future” Citizen Science project. The project has so far included three schools: Laerskool Menlopark, Nwa’vhangani and Tlakukani Primary Schools.

Fungi for Future school outreach launched

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) outreach team from FABI was involved in a ‘Fungi for Future’ initiative which forms part of their citizen science project.