Navona-380x286

Details

Assistant Plant Pathologist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7526 (Direct)
Email: navona.pillay@sugar.org.za

Role & Overall Purpose

  • To conduct molecular and microbiological tests for the diagnosis of recognised diseases and for the identification of unknown diseases of sugarcane exported from and imported into Quarantine.
  • To conduct molecular tests for the diagnosis of recognised viruses and phytoplasmas and for the identification of unknown viruses and phytoplasmas from field and research samples.
  • To use tissue culture techniques to eliminate sugarcane pathogens to produce disease free plants for the Quarantine facility.

Expertise

  • Diagnoinge and identifing plant pathogens and other micro-organisms using specialist molecular and microbiological procedures in the laboratory.
  • Plant micropropagation and transformation using somatic embryogenic and meristem tissue culture.

Key Outcomes

  • New molecular techniques to identify sugarcane pathogens.
  • Identification of pathogens responsible for new diseases in S.A. sugarcane.

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Microbial Biotechnology)