Mr Anthony Hobden
I completed my BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with majors in Microbiology and Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University in 2020. After starting an internship in the Grain Research Program and Applied Mycology group in January 2021, I enrolled for my BScHons degree in Microbiology under the supervision of Prof Cobus Visagie and co-supervision of Dr Neriman Yilmaz-Visagie.
The Fungal Kingdom boasts an ever-growing number of recognized species. My current project focuses on identifying and describing fungal diversity present in cattle feed. This substrate is grain based and is subject to the mycoflora introduced by its constituents as well as those fungi introduced to the substrate by its environment through processing or storage. This research is important because it indicates which fungi are being consumed by cattle in South Africa and can thereby serve as a step towards the further prevention of mycotoxigenic fungi in animal feed supplies.