Ms Gabriélla Clara


Plant and Soil Sciences
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I attained my BSc (Biotechnology) in 2021 and am currently completing my honours degree, also in biotechnology. I am studying in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, specifically in the Molecular Plant Pathogen Interactions group in FABI, with Prof. Dave Berger as my supervisor and Dr. Dawit Kidanemariam as my mentor. My project is quite exciting and focuses on spray-induced gene silencing (SIGS) of critical fungal genes against Cercospora spp. These pathogens are responsible for grey leaf spot, a disease of maize causing significant yield losses globally. SIGS is an eco-friendly, target specific strategy to combat numerous pests and pathogens without creating transgenic crops.