The ACGT database is a compilation of biosciences research skills, techniques and specialised equipment of scientists at the University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, CSIR, University of Johannesburg and the Agricultural Research Council. ACGT is instrumental in creating an awareness of the regional research activities and programmes. It was created to stimulate coordination of research efforts between the partner institutions and provide a platform for future collaborations.

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Research Programme Detail

Research Programme NameFruit Tree Biotechnology Programme
Research Programme DescriptionMy research interests are in the development of transgenic Eucalyptus and banana trees. This entail Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated transformation of Eucalyptus and banana trees with various genes, screening of the putatively transformed lines by molecular techniques and greenhouse trials to confirm the integration of the gene in the genome. I am also involved in the managing of the tissue culture and Arabidopsis growth facilities in FABI.
Research Programme TechniquesPlant tissue culture, Plant transformation, GMO regulation
Research Programme KeywordsPlant tissue culture, Plant transformation, GMO regulation, Agrobacterium, Biolistics, Eucalyptus, potato, poplar, tobacco, Ornithogalum, maize plant transformation, GMO facility registration, GMO field trial release
Research FieldPlant biosciences
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