Mr Nkosinathi Sthembiso Ndaba

PhD student


Plant and Soil Sciences
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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Dave Berger

Co Supervisor
Cobus Visagie

I graduated with BSc (Biochemistry & Microbiology) and BSc Honours (Microbiology) both from University of Zululand. My honours project was based on synthesizing and characterizing zinc nanoparticles from bio-flocculant (secondary metabolites) produced by microorganisms.

In my MSc Microbiology project, which was completed at Stellenbosch University in 2021, I was working on the isolation and taxonomic identification of Trichoderma spp.. I also evaluated their potential to improve plant growth. This project formed part of a SANBI-FBIP large grant.

Currently I am a PhD student in Plant Pathology based in the Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions (MPPI) group. My PhD project is within the Grain Research Programme, under the supervision of Prof Dave Berger and co-supervised by Prof Cobus Visagie. My research will focus on the seed health and fungal microbiome of maize, particularly plants infected with Cercospora zeina, a causative agent of grey leaf spot disease (GLS).