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Prof Jolanda Roux


Prof Jolanda Roux from UP’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) was honoured for her research on the health of trees which focuses strongly on fungi and bacteria resulting in disease and death of trees. Most of the research has been focused on the diseases of the commercial plantation forestry species in South Africa and other African countries, namely Acacia mearnsii, Eucalyptus spp. and Pinus spp. Prof Roux recently received the Queen’s Award from the Commonwealth Forestry Association for her contribution to Forestry. She is a C1-rated researcher from the NRF. Tree health management is strongly dependant on collaboration between countries and a knowledge of the pests and diseases occurring in a country. Through collaboration with other African countries her team is trying to improve our capacity for tree disease management on the African continent. This is being done through regular survey and research visits to other countries and the training of post-graduate students from other African countries.





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