Ms Sphumelele Mkhize
I graduated with a Master's degree in Plant pathology in 2020. I am now one of the Phytosanitation and biosecurity interns who started at FABI in 2022 February.
For my Master's research, I collected cowpea leaf samples from smallholder farms. I screened the leaves for the natural occurrence of mycotoxins and mycotoxin producing fungi. In my honours/Final year research project, I evaluated irrigation water quality and the microbiological safety of raw baby spinach used in preparing salads by testing for foodborne and human pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.