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MSc student

Department

Microbiology and Plant Pathology
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I am a student working on Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) under the supervision of Prof. Gerhard Pietersen. I completed my BSc Microbiology degree in 2010 and did my Honours in 2011. Since I have a passion for Virology, I decided to join the Plant Virology group and started working on CTV. My Honours project entailed the characterization of two viral sources that could possibly be used in the South African cross-protection scheme for the control of CTV. Since I felt that there were still too many unanswered questions when I completed the project, I decided to stay on in the group for my Masters which I started in 2012. Currently I am characterizing viral populations with different approaches in search of a CTV source that would be suitable to use for cross-protection.