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Dr. Jan van Niekerk

Dr. Jan van Niekerk

Dr. Jan van Niekerk
Portfolio Manager: Disease Management
CRI at Nelspruit

From 2008 to 2013 worked at Westfalia Fruit where he did research on mango pre-and postharvest diseases along with avocado root diseases and pre-and postharvest diseases. Joining CRI in January 2014 as Programme Coordinator: Soilborne Disease Management. In January 2017 he was promoted to his current position whilst still doing research on soilborne diseases.

  • PhD (Plant Pathology) at the University of Stellenbosch in 2008.
Current Research Focus 

His research is focussed on soilborne diseases of citrus, not only in the orchard but also in citrus nurseries.

Recent Research Papers 

At the moment he is working on two research papers which will see the light in 2017. He authored three advisory doucments for disease and pest management in citrus nurseries. He was also involved in two Cutting Edge Newsletters and a paper on guidelines for soil fumigation will also appear in an upcoming SAFJ.