Ewald Albertse

Ewald Albertse
Assistant Biotechnologist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7425 (Direct)

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.


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).