University of Pretoria | UP


upCountry: South Africa

Main role: Survey for the presence of ‘Candidatus  Liberibacter’ and ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris’ and their vectors in natural vegetation. Identification of alternative plant and insect hosts, development of improved diagnostic techniques and forecasting model to predict insect vector infestations.

Description: The University of Pretoria is a leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. The academic programmes of the University are offered in nine faculties, as well as a business school. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences rates among the best science faculties in the country. The Department of Zoology and Entomology is a highly productive research- and teaching-oriented department focussing on biodiversity, systematics, and conservation. Entomological research includes pest and vector management in collaboration with agricultural sectors.

Contact person: Prof. Kerstin Kruger | Entomologist, Department of Zoology and Entomology |