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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