Mr Msizi Ramaoka

MSc student


Zoology and Entomology
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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Chris Weldon

Co Supervisor
Aruna Manrakhan

My Files

I obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Mpumalanga (Mbombela campus) in 2021. In my honors year I did my study in Agric extension with the topic, “Effect of conventional tillage on the productivity of small-scale farmers”. However, I branched out for masters with the advantage that I had done five Entomology elective modules in my BSc in Agric. degree and excelled in all of them.

My Masters project is entitled, “The patterns of foraging for protein by fruit flies in South African Citrus orchards”. The study aims to establish the optimal placement of protein baits as an essential component of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in different canopy levels of citrus trees and also investigate how fly age, sex and nutritional status interact with the placement of protein baits at different heights in the canopy to assist farmers to best place the lure to attract and kill the most flies.

In the Department of Zoology and Entomology, I was actively involved in the maintainance of insect cultures of three pest species (C. capitata, C. cosyra and B. dorsalis) for my research project.