Current Projects

  • Towards cloning the 4AL slow rusting stripe rust QTL (QYr.sgi-4A.1) of Kariega (CenGen, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), University of Free Sate; WCT/W/2015/03; NRF IPRR grant 85943)
  • Phenotype and genotype selected wheat germplasm sources of rust resistance (CenGen, University of the Free State; WCT/W/2018/05)
  • Development of stem rust resistant malting barley varieties (CenGen, SABBI, University of Minnesota, University of Southern Queensland, University of Free State; WCT/B/2018/02)
  • Establishment of a molecular marker service laboratory for routine application of marker-assisted selection in South African wheat breeding programs (CenGen; WCT/W/2009/02)
  • Comprehensive disease management strategy for malting quality barley in South Africa (CenGen, SABBI, University of Southern Queensland, University of Free State; WCT/B/2013/01)
  • Molecular markers for disease resistance breeding in grape (Agricultural Research Council Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, CenGen, Stellenbosch University; THRIP grant 96391)
  • Genetic analysis of crown rot resistance in SST087 (CenGen, University of Southern Queensland, Agricultural Research Council Plant Protection Research Institute; WCT/W/2017/04)

Completed Projects

  • Improved characterisation of wheat rust resistance APR QTL/genes (CenGen, UFS; WCT/W/2015/02: 2015-2017)
  • Implementing effective marker technologies into disease resistance wheat breeding programmes within Africa (NIAB UK, UFS/CenGen, KARI, CIMMYT; BB/J011525/1: 2013-2017)
  • Development and application of marker-assisted selection systems for adult-plant resistance to rust diseases of wheat (CenGen, UFS: 2004-2014)
  • Breeding disease resistant grapes by applying Marker Assisted Selection (ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, CenGen, SU: 2011-2013)
  • Development of plant material and technologies for breeding for maize resistance to Fusarium ear rot and mycotoxin contamination (SU, CenGen, ARC-GCI: 2011-2014)
  • Assessment of genetic biodiversity of durable disease resistance in African wheat genotypes, leading to the development of novel marker system for wheat breeding (John Innes Centre UK, UFS, CenGen; BB/F004125/1: 2008-2012).
  • Needs and requirements of South African wheat breeding programs for a routine molecular marker service (CenGen, UFS: 2010)
  • Marker assisted breeding of grapes (ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, CenGen, SU: 2008-2010)
  • An integrated approach to implement breeding net form of net blotch and spot blotch resistant barley cultivars in South Africa (CenGen, SABBI, University of Southern Queensland, Australia: 2008-2009)
  • Disease Resistant Table Grape cultivars (ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, CenGen, SU: 2004-2006)