Moipei Lichakane

Moipei Lichakane
Assistant Plant Breeder
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7538 (Direct)
To plan, develop and implement breeding and selection strategies for the production of high yielding, disease and pest resistant sugarcane varieties adapted to the major agro-bioclimatic zones of the SA sugar industry.
Early generation and family selection of sugarcane
Genotype by environment interaction
Applied Quantitative Genetics
Experimental design
Research Interests
Optimising sugarcane breeding and selection process, quantifying optimum selection rates to masimise genetic gains, GxE interaction, trait interrelationships and their influence on breeding and selection, parent evaluation using breeding values, family selection, recurrent selection to improve commercial traits in gene pool.

Pest and disease resistance breeding.

Key Publications
Zhou, M.M., Lichakane, M.L. and Joshi, S.V. (2013). Family evaluation for quality traits in South African Sugarcane breeding programmes. International Sugar Journal 115: 418-430.

Lichakane, M.L., Zhou, M.M. (2014). The influence of genotype by environment interaction on yield, quality and agronomic traits for the coastal short cycle breeding programme.  Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass (2014) 87: 432 – 437

Lichakane, M.L., Zhou, M.M. (2015). Influence of genotype by environment interaction on eldana saccharina borer damage in the coastal long cycle breeding programmes in South Africa. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 88: 413 – 416

Lichakane, M.L., Zhou, M.M. (2016). Variance components, broad sense heritabilities and predicted selection gains for eldana saccharina borer damage among coastal long cycle sugarcane populations. Africa. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 89: 275-285

Lichakane, M.L., Zhou, M.M. (2017). The effect of eldana saccharina damage on sugarcane breeding populations and the implications on sugarcane breeding. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 90: 143 – 146

MSc (Plant Breeding) University of the Free State