Prof. Kerstin Krüger

PhD, University of Pretoria

MSc, University of Cardiff



Head of Phytopathology, KWS Saat, Germany

Email: [email protected]

Insect-plant interactions

The focus of my research is on insect ecology. I am particularly interested in insect pests of horticultural crops, including vectors of plant virus diseases, and insects as natural enemies (parasitoids and predators) of insect pests on plants. Further research interests are concerned with the transmission biology of plant viruses by insect vectors. Research on the complex interactions between plants, herbivorous insects and their natural enemies, and plant virus - insect vector interactions forms the basis of integrated pest and disease management programmes. Thus, the aim of my research is to enhance our knowledge on insect biology for the development of biological and integrated pest/vector management strategies.

I am affiliated with the University of Pretoria Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) to which I contribute entomological capacity and expertise.


Postdoctoral researchers


Dr. Danica Marlin

Dr. Michelle Schröder

Postgraduate students


Mrs Zinhle Dlamini-Gama. MSc in Entomology (co-supervised with Prof. Chris Weldon)

Mr Robert Jansen van Vuuren. MSc in Plant Science (co-supervised with Prof. Dave Berger and Dr Nicky Creux)

Ms Minah Molomo. MSc in Entomology (co-supervised with Prof. Chris Weldon)

Mr Sizwe Phungula. MSc in Entomology (co-supervised with Dr Robert Nofemela and Prof. Chris Weldon)

Mr Christopher Barnard. BSc(Hons) in Entomology (co-supervised with Prof. Chris Weldon)

Ms Cheryldene Damon. BSc(Hons) in Entomology (co-supervised with Prof. Chris Weldon)


PhD in Entomology

Dr Tsedal Ghebremariam

Dr Robert Musundire

Dr Lefulesele Nteletsana Lebesa

Dr Michelle Schröder

MSc in Entomology

Ms Michelle Fourie

Ms Roleen la Grange

Mr Khethani Mawela

Ms Millicent Motileng

Ms Lezel Muller

Ms Davina Saccaggi

Mrs Nicoleen Smit

Ms Nicola Wessels

Ms Cilia Martins (co-supervisor)

MSc in Integrated Pest and Disease Management

Ms Mercy Butao

Ms Puleng Bothole

Mr Ogbai Hayalu


Mr Khethani Mawela

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