Prof. Jacquie van der Waals


Programme Manager: Preharvest Disease Research

Citrus Research International

Extraordinary Professor Plant and Soil Sciences

Section: Plant Pathology



Office: Room 3-14, NW 2 Building

Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 4065

Email: Jacquie.vdwaals [AT]

Twitter: @jacquievdw

ORCID: 0000-0001-5737-6277



Selected publications:

Takooree, S.D., Neetoo, H., Ranghoo-Sanmukhiya, V.M., Hardowar, S., van der Waals, J.E., Vally, V., Bunwaree, A.G., Vojvodić, M., and Bulajić, A. 2021. First report of black scurf caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-3 on potato tubers in Mauritius. Plant Disease 105(1): 213. IF 3.809

van der Waals, J.E., Krüger, K. 2020. Emerging potato pathogens affecting food security in Southern Africa: Recent research. South African Journal of Science 2020;116(11/12), Art. #8055,7 pages.

Krüger, K., van der Waals, J.E. 2020. Potato virus Y and Potato leafroll virus management under climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. South African Journal of Science 2020;116(11/12), Art. #8579, 7 pages. sajs.2020/8579

Mushonga, K., Steyn, J.M., Swart, W.J., van der Waals, J.E. 2020. Plant-soil feedback responses of four dryland crop species under greenhouse conditions. Plant-Environment Interactions 1: 181-195

Muzhinji, M., Dube, J.P., de Haan, E.G., Woodhall, J., van der Waals, J.E. 2020. Development of a TaqMan PCR assay for specific detection and quantification of Pectobacterium brasiliense in potato tubers and soil.  European Journal of Plant Pathology 158: 521-532. DOI 10.1007/s10658-020-02097-4

Lekota, M., Modisane, K.J., Apostolides, Z., van der Waals, J.E. 2020. Metabolomic fingerprinting of potato cultivars differing in susceptibility to Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea root infection. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, 3788; doi:10.3390/ijms21113788

Simango, K., Slabbert, C., van der Waals, J.E. 2020. Alternative hosts of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea in southern Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology  157: 421–424.

Mbedzi, P.P., van der Hoven, L., Vorster, B.J., van der Waals, J.E. 2019. Screening for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum resistance using detached leaf assays and simple sequence repeat markers in soybean cultivars. Crop Protection doi: 

Muzhinji, N., van der Waals, J.E. 2019. Population biology and genetic variation of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea, the causal pathogen of powdery scab and root galls on potatoes in South Africa. Phytopathology 109:1957-1965

Jordaan, E., McLaren, N.W., van der Waals, J.E. 2019. Effect of irrigation on charcoal rot severity, yield loss and colonization of soybean and sunflower. Crop Protection 122: 63-69

Lekota, M., Muzhinji, N., van der Waals, J.E. 2019. Identification of differentially expressed genes in tolerant and susceptible potato cultivars in response to Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea tuber infection. Plant Pathology doi: 10.1111/ppa.13029

Dube, J.P., Valverde, A., Steyn. J.M., Cowan, D., van der Waals, J.E. 2019. Differences in bacterial diversity, composition and function due to long-term agriculture in soils in the Eastern Free State of South Africa. Diversity 11, 61; doi:10.3390/d11040061

Gush, S.-L., Muzhinji, M., Truter, M., & van der Waals, J.E. 2019. First report of Rhizoctonia solani AG 2-2IIIB causing elephant hide on potato tubers in South Africa. Plant Disease

Kandolo, S.D., Aveling, T.A.S., van der Waals, J.E., Truter, M. & Laurie, S.M. 2018. Effects of wetness duration, inoculum concentration and temperature on the development of Alternaria blight on transplants of sweet potato. Acta Horticulturae 27: 211–217.

Zimudzi, J., van der Waals, J.E., Coutinho, T.A., Cowan, D.A. & Valverde, A. 2018. Temporal shifts of fungal communities in the rhizosphere and on tubers in potato fields. Fungal Biology 122: 928-934.

Muzhinji, M., Woodhall, J.W., Truter, M. & van der Waals, J.E. 2018. Variation in fungicide sensitivity among Rhizoctonia isolates recovered from potatoes in South Africa. Plant Disease  102: 1520-1526.

Shutt, V.M., Shin, G., van der Waals, J.E., Goszczynska, T. & Coutinho, T.A. 2018. Characterization of Ralstonia strains infecting tomato plants in South Africa. Crop Protection 112: 56-62.

Muzhinji, M., Woodhall, J.W., Truter, M. & van der Waals, J.E. 2018. Relative contribution of seed tuber- and soilborne inoculum to potato disease development and changes in the population genetic structure of Rhizoctonia solani AG 3-PT under field conditions in South Africa. Plant Disease 102: 60-66.

Zimudzi, J. Coutinho, T.A. & van der Waals, J.E. 2017. Pathogenicity of fungi isolated from atypical skin blemishes on potatoes in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Potato Research 60: 119-144.

Simango, K. & van der Waals, J.E. 2017. Effects of different soil treatments on the development of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea in potato roots and tubers in the greenhouse. Potato Research 60:47-60

Muzhinji, M., Woodhall, J.W., Truter, M. & van der Waals, J.E. 2016. Population genetic structure of Rhizoctonia solani AG 3-PT from potatoes in South Africa. Fungal Biology 120: 701-710.

Van der Waals, J.E., Steyn, J.M., Franke, A.C., Haverkort, A.J. 2016. Grower perceptions of biotic and abiotic risks of potato production in South Africa. Crop Protection 84: 44-55

Jordaan, E. & van der Waals, J.E. 2016. Streptomyces species associated with common scab lesions of potatoes in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 144: 631 - 643.

Du Raan, S., Coutinho, T.A. & van der Waals, J.E. 2016. Cardinal temperature differences, determined in vitro, between closely related species and subspecies of pectinolytic bacteria responsible for blackleg and soft rot on potatoes. European Journal of Plant Pathology 144: 361 - 369.

Muzhinji, M., Woodhall, J.W., Truter, M. & van der Waals, J.E. 2015. Anastomosis groups and pathogenicity of Rhizoctonia solani and binucleate Rhizoctonia from potatoes in South Africa. Plant Disease 99: 1790 - 1802.

Van der Waals, J.E., Franke, A.C., Haverkort, A.J., Krüger, K. & Steyn, J.M. 2013. Climate change and potato production in South Africa. 3. Effects on relative development rates of selected pests and pathogens. Potato Research 56: 67-84

Wright, J., Lees, A.K., van der Waals, J.E. 2012. Detection and eradication of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterraneain mini-tuber production tunnels. South African Journal of Science, 108 (5/6) Art #614

Van der Merwe, J.J., Coutinho, T.A., Korsten, L. & van der Waals, J.E. 2010. Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis causing blackleg on potatoes in South Africa. European Journal of Plant Pathology 126 (2): 175-185.





Topic / Title

Eloff Theron MSc  Sensitivity of South African Phytophthora nicotianae and P. citrophthora isolates to phosphonate fungicides
Lize Reineke MSc Sensitivity of South African Phytophthora nicotianae and P. citrophthora isolates to phosphonate fungicides
Janine Boshoff MSc New oomycete fungicide-based approaches for managing Phytophthora spp. in citrus orchards

Sasha-Lee Gush


Changes in the soil microbiome of potatoes infected with Rhizoctonia solani and treated with biological control agents can predetermine future soil health

Erika Botha

MSc (Agric) Evaluation of various biocontrol products for suppression of clubroot of cabbage, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae
Rudolph Strydom MSc (Agric) Evaluating the efficacy of different control strategy combinations at suppressing Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea induced diseases and soil inoculum levels in South Africa
Angelique de Wet MSc Improving soil and potato health in a climate change context

Knowledge Mushonga


The role of crop rotation in soil and plant health in a dry land production system in South Africa

Mandla Sibiya


Development of region-specific crop rotation programmes for the Eastern Free State and the role thereof on inoculum viability and infection potential of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Dr Khumbuzile Bophela Post-doctoral scholar Sources of Phytophthora in South African citrus nurseries

Lindie Erasmus

012 420 3261

Administrative assistant




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