The two-year project is part of a larger project entitled “Improved management of olive trunk diseases”. The project is an initiative of SA Olive and ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, with participants from the Stellenbosch University Department of Plant Pathology, and IMBM. Microbial extracts with demonstrated antifungal properties will be obtained from the IMBM and screened in vitro against a selection of virulent trunk pathogens for their ability to inhibit mycelial growth and ascospore/conidia germination. The ultimate goal is the identification of lead compounds for the development of pruning wound protectants against these pathogens.
BSc Hons, or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum average score of 60% and a major in either Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Genetics.
- Experience and skill in molecular biology techniques;
- Responsibility, reliability, good problem solving, time management, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy are absolute requirements.