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Samella Ngxande-Koza

Research Technician


Office: S30, Second Floor, Life Science Building

Phone: (046) 603 8804

Email: sngxande@gmail.com

BSc (Hons), University of Fort Hare (2007)

MSc, Entomology, Rhodes University (2016)

Samella did her MSc on the response of the invasive weed, Lantana camara, to feeding by the leaf sucking bug, Falconia intermediaL. camara is one of the worst weeds in the world. Currently, she is working on the biological control of an emerging weed, the yellow flag iris,  Iris pseudacorus. She also has an interest in community engagement, aiming to educate and attract more learners to get involved in the biological control of invasive plants.

Research interests

  • Biological control of invasive plants
  • Plant-insect interaction
  • Chemical ecology

Recent publications

S.W. Ngxande-Koza, L.U.P. Heshula & M.P. Hill. 2017. Changes in Chemical Composition of Essential Oils from Leaves of Different Lantana camara L. (Verbenaceae) Varieties after Feeding by the Introduced Biological Control Agent, Falconia intermedia Distant (Hemiptera: Miridae). African Entomology 25 (2): 462-473.

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