Dr. Juan Vorster

Dr Juan Vorster 


Senior Lecturer 
Contact details:
Office: Agriculture building Room 5-28
012 420 4491


Research Interests
My reserach intrest relates to nodule development and Nitrogen fixation in legumes especially Soybean. We studdy the effect that drought have on nodulle development and Nitrogen fixation as well as the interaction between different soybean cultivars and rhyzobium strains. Another aspect of my research relates to herbicide resistance in agronomic weeds and the underlying physiological and biochemical mechanisms.
Latest publications:

Sapountzis P, de Verges J, Rousk K, Cilliers M, Vorster BJ, Poulsen M. (2016) Potential for Nitrogen Fixation in the Fungus-Growing Termite Symbiosis. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1993

Cilliers M, van WykSG, van Heerden PDR, Kunert KJ and Vorster BJ. (2018) Identification and changes of the drought-induced cysteine protease transcriptome in soybean (Glycine max) root nodules. Journal of Experimental and Environmental Botany.  148:59-69

Cullis C, Chimwamurombe P, Barker N, Kunert K and Vorster J. (2018) Orphan Legumes Growing in Dry Environments: Marama Bean as a Case Study. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1199

Okumo M, Vorster BJ and Reinhardt CF. (2018) Growth-stage and temperature influence glyphosate resistance in Conyza bonariensis (L.) Cronquist. South African Journal of Botany – accepted

Fotouo H, Vorster BJ, Du Toit E. (2018) The effect of natural long term packaging methods on antioxidant components and malondialdehyde content and seed viability Moringa oleifera oilseed. South African Journal of Botany DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2018.10.017


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