Assistant Biotechnologist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7425 (Direct)
Email: ewald.albertse@sugar.org.za


To conduct team-based research contributing to the production of improved sugarcane varieties, primarily through:

  • The analysis and mapping of the sugarcane genome using Microsatellite and AFLP based markers;
  • Participating, both as team member and principal investigator, in projects involving physiological and molecular approaches to sugarcane improvement.


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Transgene Analysis: Northern and Southern blotting, whole plant Radiolabelling.
  • Cloning.
  • Separation techniques: HPLC and TLC.
  • Enzyme Assays and Enzyme Kinetics.

Research Interests

  • Source-sink relationships in sugarcane.
  • Carbon partitioning in the sugarcane culm.
  • Carbohydrate metabolism during sucrose accumulation in the sugarcane stalk.
  • DNA fingerprinting for identification purposes.
  • AFLP Molecular markers.

Key Outcomes

Linkage disequilibrium mapping of commercial sugarcane germplasm for application in breeding programs.

Key Publications

Albertse, EH., Edwards, TJ., Butterfield, MK. Poster: Microsatellite fingerprinting as a quality control tool in sugarcane breeding and genetic marker research. SAAB, 18 – 22 January 2004.

Butterfield, MK., Richards, JM., Albertse EH. Progress and Prospects for Molecular Breeding in the South African Sugarcane Variety Improvement Programme. SASTA, 27 – 30 July 2004.


MSc (Free Sate).