Current and past students

Current Postgraduate Students

  1. Mrs Tholi Cele. Combined chemical and biological control of Fusarium and nematodes associated with Eldana saccharina infestations  in    South African sugarcane production. (PhD)

  2. Ms Nondumiso Khambule. Assessing orchid mycorrhizal associations and fungal diversity (MSc)

  3. Miss Veronique Chartier FtizGerald - An ectomycorrhizal approach to production of Pinus seedlings. (PhD Completed)

  4. Miss Viwe Krele – Biological properties of the Kalaharituber pfeilii. (MSc Completed)

  5. Ms Wendy Sekgota - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as a bio-indicator of soil health under agricultural management practices in South Africa. (MSc Completed)

  6. Mr Jahman Thabede – Alternative approach to controlling citrus black spot (MSc)

  7. Mr Zolani Mkile Department of Agriculture, Stutterheim. Part time (not in attendance); Co Supervised by Dr MP Maqubela (Dept of Agriculture, Dohne Station, Stutterheim) and Prof J Howieson Murdoch University, Western Australia. Nitrogen and phosphorus impacts on grasses and legumes growing on soil at Lushington in relation to soil microbiology. (PhD)

  8. N. Matiyela – Orchid mycorrhizal fungi associated with two Eulophia species.  (BSc Hons)

  9. D. Lourens – The presence and effect of orchid mycorrhizal fungi on various life stages of the South African epiphytic orchid Mysticidium capense. (BSc Honours, Botany, Current Co- Supervision with Prof Craig Peter)

  10. A. Allen – Orchid mycorrhizal fungal associates with selected South African epiphytic orchids. . (BSc Honours, Botany, Current Co- Supervision with Prof Craig Peter)

  11. M. Mafojane – Assessing the effects of glyphosate and nitrogen fertilizer application on fungal activity in soil. (Co- Supervisor, Vaal University of Technology, MSc Biotechnology).

Postdoctoral Fellow

Miss Veronique Chartier FitzGerald – Orchid mycorrhizal fungal biodiversity.

Dr Ashwani Kumar (Sept 2012 – June 2013) Claude Leon Fellowship.

Elucidating mechanism of AM fungi and PGPR interaction for improving biomass growth and yield of drought stressed Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.)

Dr Tesfay Araya Weldelassie (Department of Soil Science, Prof Pearson Mnkeni, University of Fort Hare, NRF Fellowship).  Impacts of land management on arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi.

OWSD Exchange Student

Ms Comfort Olukemi Bamigboye. Evaluation of dietary fibres from sclerotias of different mutants of P. tuber-regium. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria.

Past Postgraduate Students

  1. Ms Colleen Manyumwa - Enzymatic activity of an ericoid mycorrhizal fungus, Oidiodendron maius (MSc, Biochemistry, co-supervised with Prof Pletschke)

  2. Ms Sunet van Aswegan - Vachellia erioloba (camel thorn) and microbial interactions (MSc)

  3. Mr Richard Adeoyo - Production of enzymes for the bio-economy from ericoid mycorrhizas and endophytic fungi (PhD, co-supervised with Prof Pletschke)

  4. Miss Herna de Wit– Creating a Pipeline for Assessing Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Biodiversity. (MSc, Bioinformatics (co-supervised with Prof Tastan Bishop)

  5. Ms Nelisa Mpama - Role of microorganism in the restoration of thicket species. (MSc Environmental Science, co-supervisor Mike Powel)

  6. Mr Steve Gouveia – Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on selected ornamental seedlings. (Co-supervisor, MSc Horticulture, UNISA)

  7. Mr Andre Meyer ARC Nietvoordbjil, Stellenbosch (09M7626) Part time (not in attendance) - Assessment of mycorrhizal population in conventional and organic apple orchards. (PhD)

  8. Miss Candice Coombs) - Entomopathogenic fungi for the control of soil-borne life stages of FCM, field trials. (PhD Entomology, co-supervised with Prof Martin Hill and Dr Sean Moore)

  9. Miss Nicolle Moore - Soil microbial effects on crop water utilisation and drought tolerance. (MSc co-superivsed with Prof Brad Ripley)

  10. Miss Aviwe Fulmaka - Spekboom health and the role of mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria. (MSc)

  11. Miss Christine Bizabani. Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi: diversity and inoculum potential. (PhD)

  12. Miss Veronique Chartier FitzGerald. Entomopahtogenic fungi as biocontrol agents of citrus mealybugs and thrips. (MSc, Co-supervised with Dr Sean Moore, Prof Martin Hill)

  13. Miss Phumeza Sitole. Investigating the role of mycorrhizal fungi and their associated bacteria in improving growth and health of citrus seedlings. (MSc)

  14. Miss Pamella Ntshakaza. Kalahari truffle and host relationships. (MSc)

  15. Miss Carmen Ridsdale. Mycorrhizal fungal interactions with other soil microorganisms. (MSc)

  16. Miss Candice Coombs. Entomopathogenic fungi for control of soil-borne life stages of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) (1912) (Lepidoptera: Torticidae). (MSc Entomology, co-supervised with Dr Martin Hill and Dr Sean Moore)

  17. Miss Christine Bizabani. Development of ericoid mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial Berry crops. (MSc)

  18. Miss Tarryn Goble - Investigation of entomopathogenic fungi for control of false codling moth, Cryptophlebia leucotreta, Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata and Natal fruit Fly, C. rosa.  (MSc Entomology, co-supervisor with Dr Martin Hill)

  19. Miss Greer Hawley. Identification of ectomycorrhizas and effects of fertilization on community structure. (PhD)

  20. Mr Thomas Mukasa-Mugerwa -. The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the biotransformation of coal and application in dump rehabilitation. (MSc, co-superivsed with Prof Peter Rose)

  21. Miss Nnenna Ike-Izundu. Interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and other soil microbial populations. (MSc)

  22. Mr Sani Gumede (co-supervisor Dr Petrus van Zyl, CSIR). Development of a microbial product with biological control properties. (MSc Biotechnology)

  23. Mr Rasheed Adeleke. Investigation into the mycorrhizal status of the Kalahari Truffle. (MSc)

  24. Miss Amy Skinner (co-supervisor with Prof Botha). The examination of the effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal distribution on the structure and phloem transport in roots of Eragrostis curvula (Umgeni). (MSc Botany)

  25. Miss Anj Haller. The presence and role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in coastal dune systems. (MSc Botany)

  26. Mr Ryan du Toit. Investigating the biological properties of selected ectomycorrhizal fungi. (BSc Hons)

  27. Mr Jahman Thebde. Marion Island vegetation and association with fungal endophytes. (BSc Hons)

  28. Ms Giselle Diemer (12d6766) - The mini rhizotron: A proposal for the development of a dual axenic culture system for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. (BSc Hons)

  29. Mr Kuhle Nkangala (equal supervisor with Dr Gwynneth Matcher). Effects of burn regimes on soil microbial diversity. (BSc Hons)

  30. Miss Glynis Oree (equal supervisor with Prof Brett Pletschke). Characterising the medicinal and enzymatic properties of the fungus, Leohumicola minima isolated from Erica plants. (BSc Hons, Biochemistry).

  31. Mr Sethu Plaatjie (equal supervisor with Prof Brett Pletschke). Medicinal and enzymatic properties of Cryptosporiopsis ericaceae isolated from Erica plants. (BSc Hons, Biochemistry).

  32. Miss Rozane Badenhorst. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and associated bacteria involved in improving growth of Aloe ferox L.(Asphodelaceae: Alooideae). (BSc Hons)

  33. Miss Live Matiwane. Identification and characterisation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and spore associated bacteria in Rooibos and Honeybush. (BSc Hons)

  34. Miss Nicolle Moore. Isolation and characterization of fungal pathogen affecting Eustoma grandiflorum and identification of potential biocontrol agent. (BSc Hons)

  35. Miss Claire Adams. A comparison of fungal diversity on the leaf phylloplane between manipulated and non manipulated leaf domatia. (BSc Hons, joint Microbiology and Botany, Prof Nigel Barker)

  36. Miss Veronique Chartier FitzGerald. The effect of yeast and their exudates on arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation and plant growth. (BSc Hons)

  37. Miss Carmen Ridsdale. The role of mycorrhizal helper bacteria in plant growth promotion and disease inhibition. (BSc Hons)

  38. Miss Lynne Dell. Effect of mycorrhizal fungi on microbial diversity in a Citrus orchard. (BSc Hons)

  39. Mr Khanya Ngonyama. Mycorrhizal fungi as indicators of soil health. (BSc Hons)

  40. Miss Prudence Mambo. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as an indicator of soil health. (BSc Hons)

  41. Miss Lucia Henry. Bioremediation ability of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Cd-contaminated soil. (BSc Hons Biotechnology)

  42. Miss Sinazo Manensta. The development of a rapid spore germination test for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and agrochemical compatibility. (BSc Hons)

  43. Miss Chana-Leigh White. The monitoring of plant pathogens and other micro-organisms associated with commercially grown rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. (BSc Hons)

  44. Miss Danica Nikolic. Investigation of mycorrhizal helper bacteria of selected mycorrhizal fungal species. (BSc Hons)

  45. Miss Mapula Maropola. Investigating the effect of organic fertilizers on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculated Swiss Chard. (BSc Hons)

  46. Mr Thomas Mukasa-Mugerwa. Biocontrol potential of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi against Fusarium. (BSc Hons)

  47. Miss Anushka Anijth. Interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.(BSc Hons)

  48. Miss Sally Redfern. Evaluation of infectivity and effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal isolates on the growth of sorghum. Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal isolates on photosynthetic activity (Co-supervised with Dr Brad Ripley) (BSc Hons Botany)

  49. Miss Amy Skinner. Mycorrhizal Survey of indigenous plant species. (BSc Hons Botany)




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