Ms Melissa Joubert
|Noelani van den Berg|
I am a first year MSc student in the field of Microbiology, and I have been a member of FABI since 2016. I am currently part of the Avocado Research Programme (previously the Fruit Tree Biotechnology Programme), studying under the supervision of Professor Noëlani van den Berg.
My research this year is focused on studying the Nep1-like protein effectors of Phytophthora cinnamomi, a hemibiotrophic oomycete. These effectors are believed to play a role in the switch from biotrophy to necrotrophy when this pathogen infects its host plants. We hope that this will provide insight into interactions at the molecular level between P. cinnamomi and its economically important hosts such as avocado (Persea americana Mill.).