Postgraduate Research Students

PhD Students

Name Degree Project
Mrs T. Molelekoa PhD Plant Pathology Monitoring the South African tomato supply chain for wastes and losses and their downstream effects on food security
Ms M. Dlangalala PhD Plant Pathology Prevalence and characterisation of foodborne pathogens in small-scale and commercial integrated vegetable-pig production ecosystems in three South African provinces
Ms. D. Kgoale PhD Biotechnology    Bacterial profiles and foodborne pathogens in leafy greens from informal supply chains
Mr E. Karoney PhD Plant Pathology Assessing the potential of UV-C as as alternative antimicrobial stategy for postharvest loss and soilage in peppers through mycobiomics
Ms M. Mahlangu PhD Food safety management systems
Ms T. Msimango PhD Biotechnology Qualitative and quantitative microbiological risk assessment of dark leafy green vegetables commonly consumed in South Africa
Ms M. Ratshilingano PhD Biotechnology A sanitary and phytosanitary assessment of citrus greening in Southern Africa
Mr L. Zulu PhD Plant Pathology Genome dynamics and diversity of food and water borne bacterial pathogens associated with fresh produce and the impact on gut microbiome and resistomes in diarrhoeic and UTI patients: A food safety-public health interface


MSc Students

Name Degree Project
Mr J. Bubb MSc Plant Pathology Characterising the microbiome and pathobiome of marula fruit to reduce postharvest losses
Ms N. Cebekhulu MSc Pant Pathology Assessing the microbial quality of indigenous produce in informal markets from selected sites in South Africa
Ms K. Cetyiwe MSc Plant Pathology Assessing the prevalence and diversity of Trichoderma species in commercial South African mushroom farms
Ms H. Gauché MSc Plant Pathology Determining the microbial community structure of blueberry cultivars through microbiomics
Ms P. Gqozo MSc Plant Pathology Fungal diversity and community composition of wheat rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils
Ms P. Madonsela MSc Biotechnology Risk evaluation on rainwater harvesting practices and perceptions
Mrs N. Mbamba MSc Biotechnology The efficacy of Moringa oleifera-zero-valent iron-sand filtration on the reduction of Escherichia coli in borehole water for use in irrigation of spinach
Ms R. Schipper MSc Biotechnology Molecular detection of Cryptosporidium in the water-soil- plant nexus within selected small-scale vegetable farms
Mr. F. Viljoen  MSc Plant Pathology Microbiomes associated with commercially produced avocado (Persea americana Mill.) fruit
Ms M. van der Merwe MSc Biotechnology Microbiome characterisation of plant-based feed and environmental water in systems in South African commercial piggeries
Mr S. Viviers MSc Biotechnology Occurrence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria throughout the water-plant-food nexus within selected smallholder farms in South Africa


Part-time Students

Name Degree Project
Ms Y Cetyiwe BScAgric (Hons) Fungi associated with symptomatic disease affected granadilla
Ms J-M. Erasmus BScAgric (Hons) Biocontrol on postharvest pathogens
Ms A. Setjie  BScAgric (Hons) Fungicide resistance in Phyllosticta Citricarpa causing citrus black spot


Co-Supervised Students

Name Degree Project
Mr G. Breedt PhD Plant Pathology     Gene expression plant growth promoters in plant growth promoting rhizobacteria Paenibacillus alvei (T29) and Lysinibacillus sphearicus (T19)
Ms Z. Mkhwanazi    PhD Humanities A food safety regulatory perspective in the South African informal food system
Ms M. Molapo  MSc Plant Pathology Analysis of groundnut production, preparation, quality, safety and consumption in rural areas of South Africa


-- Updated September 2022 --

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