Postdoctoral position in Biological Control of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer

We seek to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to conduct mission-oriented research to develop and improve integrated pest management tactics and strategies for the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) and its Fusarium fungal symbiont in South Africa (www.fabinet.up.ac.za/pshb ).  Emphasis will be on the potential biological control of this insect and/or its fungal symbiont. This position is part of a larger project on the PSHB invasion in South Africa, funded by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), based at FABI, University of Pretoria, and in collaboration with the Centre for Biological Control, Rhodes University.

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Two M.Sc. positions in FABI on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 for pest control

Two M.Sc. positions are available in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. The agricultural and forestry sectors are significant as they drive the developments on the continent. These sectors are critical for the future food security, as drivers of the economy and critically linked to jobs. The single biggest threat to these sectors, other than climate change, are pests and diseases. Current control measures cannot keep pace with the increase in pests and diseases. Powerful new genetic tools, such as gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9, are available which can be used to directly target specific areas in an insect genome. By targeting traits that affect the fitness of the organism, or the mechanism through which it causes harm, its impact could be reduced.

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Postdoctoral position in Applied Chemical Ecology of Forest Plantation Pests

We seek to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to conduct mission oriented research to develop and improve integrated pest management tactics and strategies for insects affecting plantation forests in South Africa. This position is part of an ongoing collaboration between FABI, University of Pretoria and the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, and partially supported by funding from Sappi.

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FABI MSc Positions on sunflower environmental responses

Two MSc positions are available in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria. The agricultural and forestry sectors play a significant role in South Africa’s development, economic stability and are critical for future food security. A major growing threat to our food security and economy is climate change and it is critical to understand how plants respond to these changes both on the physiological and molecular level. The first MSc position focuses on understanding how environments associated with planting date affect sunflower development and pollination. The second position will perform detailed transcriptomic analysis to elucidate the molecular regulation of floral response to temperature in sunflower. 

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