Ms Shalya Moodley

MSc student


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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Primary Supervisor
Velushka Swart

Co Supervisor
Noelani van den Berg

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I am currently completing my masters degree in Microbiology within the Hans Merensky chair in Avocado Research group. My thesis is focused on determining if callose production plays a key role in avocado defence against the oomycete root pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi.

My honours research (2022) was conducted within the same group which involved assessing virulence of different P. cinnamomi genotypes from South African avocado orchards. 


  • Southern African Society for Plant Pathology (SASPP) 53rd biennial congress 2024:
    • Poster: 'The inhibition of defence-related callose deposition enhances Phytophthora cinnamomi infection'