Nomvume Petela


Entomology Masters Candidate


Phone: +27 73 573 0885



Bsc (Hons), University of Fort Hare (2011)



Thesis Title: Interactions between Megamelus scutellaris Berg (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) and Eccritotarsus catarinensis Carvalho (Heteroptera: Miridae), two biological control agents of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms-Laub (Pontederiaceae).

Supervisor: Dr Julie Coetzee, Co-supervisor: Prof. Steve Compton

Nomvume completed her Honours degree at the University of Fort Hare in 2011. Her research study focused on the effects of waste in the environment: a case study of Fort Beaufort dumpsite in comparison with Buffalo city Municipality landfill sites. In 2012, she was an (NRF/DST) intern at South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) for Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) programme KZN node where she was primarily responsible for contributing to the Bews online herbarium by capturing data for specimens of threatened genera on the BRAHMS database.

Her current research focuses on the interactions between the two biological controls agents of water hyacinth. The aim of the study will be to quantify how the two species interact and under which conditions each species dominates. Her research will improve the biological control of water hyacinth in South Africa.

Last Modified: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:13:15 SAST