Samella Ngxande-Koza

‌Waainek Research Facility Manager

Number: 046 603 7176

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. She is currently the Manager of the Waanek Research Facility and also assists with various research programmes. The biological control of an emerging weed, the yellow flag iris,  Iris pseudacorus is one of her research responsibilites. 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

  • Mass-rearing biological control agents
  • Biological control of invasive plants
  • Plant-insect interaction
  • Chemical ecology



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