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Dr Jacquie van der Waals


Dr Van der Waals is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. She was awarded her PhD on the topic Epidemiology of early blight potatoes in South Africa. She is manager of the Potato Pathology Programme at UP and is a member of various national and international professional bodies. Dr Van der Waals has received many research grants pertaining to diseases of the potato plant, including the BSPP Travel Grant for attendance of the international congress on Plant pathogenic bacteria in Réunion (2010), the Potatoes South Africa research contract for Investigation of the effects of climate change on potato diseases in South Africa (2010-2013) and the Potatoes South Africa research grant for Research on brown spot of potatoes in SA (2010-2013).

She also received the UP’s Outstanding Student Award (1997 and 2000) and the publicity award of the Southern African Society of Plant Pathology (2009).

Dr Van der Waals has authored and co-authored 34 papers on potato diseases and related information for presentation at national and international meetings and conferences in, for example, Reunion, New Zealand and Scotland. To educate farmers on how to deal with potato growing and relevant diseases, eg brown spot, potato wilt, early blight on potatoes and soft rot bacteria, she regularly writes articles for popular scientific journals.

Tel: +27 12 420 4065
Fax: +27 12 420 4588




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