Carla Dalais

Carla Dalais
Assistant Plant Pathologist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7530 (Direct)
Role & Overall Purpose

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.

Key Outcomes

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.

BSc Microbiology, Biochemistry (UKZN), Btech Biotechnology (DUT)