Ms Nomathemba Majola


Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
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My research focus is on plant breeding and crop improvement of legumes specifically on the Bambara groundnut crop. Deficiencies in key mineral elements and nutritional qualities pose a very serious constraint to human health and economic development in the country. Bambara groundnut is an important source of protein in many developing countries, including South Africa. However, this protein may not be readily bio-available because of the presence of anti-nutritional factors. There is an urgent need in identifying parental lines with high yield, and high nutritional values and identify anti-nutritional factors with a low concentration towards the development of new cultivars. I am very passionate about food security and I chose this crop since research in South Africa is rather peripheral and there are no known improved varieties on the market for high yield and high nutritional quality.