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 animal dung. This substrate maintains a usually high diversity but is under-explored in South Africa, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. The strains collected will be valuable for many different research and development-based applications ranging from ecological studies, fungal systematics, and exploring potentially useful secondary metabolites.