Mr Matthew Jackson



MSc student

Department

FABI
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Primary Supervisor
Bernard Slippers

Co Supervisor
Brett Hurley

I obtained a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry in 2017 at Rhodes University. In 2018, I also completed a BScHons in Biotechnology at Rhodes University. My Honours project involved optimising a multiplex PCR assay, for use in the detection of two baculoviruses, Cryptophlebia leucotreta granulovirus and Cryptophlebia peltastica nucleopolyhedrovirus, which are being used for the control of the False Codling Moth - a huge pest to the South African citrus industry. This research inspired me to continue pursuing my studies in agricultural biotechnology. 

I am now beginning my first year of MSc at FABI. I will be working on the population genetics of the African Maize Stalk Borer, Busseola fusca, which is a major pest of maize in sub-Saharan Africa. I will be working under the supervision of Prof. Bernard Slippers and the co-supervision of Prof. Brett Hurley. I am honoured and excited to be a part of such a wonderful group of scientists at FABI. I look forward to learning and progressing further in this field!