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To provide expertise in Microbiology and Molecular Biology with a focus on plant Pathology and Entomology, thereby contributing towards the biosecurity and sustainability of the SA sugarcane industry.
Leading and coordinating field and glasshouse trials.
Maintaining the SASRI fungal and bacterial culture collection.
Identification of diseases through molecular and microbiological procedures.
Determining transmission of SCMV by YSA.
Testing current and new chemistry fungicides for effect on pathogens and towards the registration of new fungicides for sugarcane.
Development of phylogenetic methods for the determination of species diversity.
Ensuring trials are well maintained along with the recording and analysing data.