Ms Khanyisile Botshelo
Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
I completed my degree in BSc Microbiology in the year 2020. I am currently enrolled for BScHons (Microbiology) within the Avocado Research programme under the supervision of Professor Noelani van den Berg and Dr Velushka Swart.
Rosellinia necatrix and Phytophthora cinnamomi causes devasting white root rot and Phytophthora root rot respectively, in avocado plants. I will be investigating the potential of commercial biocontrol agents against avocado pathogens Rosellinia necatrix and Phytophthora cinnamomi. My research project aims to assess the potential of biocontrol agents in vitro as well as during a greenhouse trial. This work will help with the control and management of avocado plant diseases in the South African industry.