Mr Khulekani Cyprian Mbatha

PhD student


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Primary Supervisor
Almuth Hammerbacher

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As a PhD disciple, I will specialize in resolving the intricate dynamics of plant-pathogen interactions, with explicit attention on the immunity responses of pine species when treated with fungal elicitors. My project delves into understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying these interactions. The main aim is to unlock insights crucial for developing advanced strategies in plant disease control and breeding.

I believe that the interplay between plants and pathogens will contribute to the development of novel and effective approaches that minimize damage and enhance resilience in plant populations. It seems that understanding the signalling pathways activated by elicitors is pivotal in streamlining disease management practices, offering a more efficient alternative to traditional inoculation methods.

Through my work, I also aim to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical applications, ultimately fostering green solutions for agricultural challenges and advancing scientific understanding of plant resistance using applied chemical ecology.

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FABI welcomes the 2023 interns

FABI welcomed eight new members that join the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) Internship in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity.