Ms Chrizanne Smit
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
I received my undergraduate degree in BSc Microbiology at the University of Pretoria. Currently I am doing my honours in microbiology within the Avocado Research Programme (ARP) under the supervision of Professor Noëlani van den Berg and ms. Juanita Engelbrecht.
My project focuses on the assessment of the microbial community in healthy avocado trees in orchards where Rosellinia necatrix is present with the aim of identifying potential biocontrol agents against Rosellinia necatrix and Phytophthora cinnamomi from the healthy avocado soil.