Benice Sivparsad

Bernice Sivparsad
Designation
Senior Research Scientist: Forest Protection
Qualifications
PhD (Plant Pathology) - UKZN

Dr Benice Sivparsad joined the ICFR after working as a post-doc in Plant Pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she also completed her PhD. Benice's expertise lies in plant virology (virus identification and characterisation), molecular biotechnology (transgenic virus resistance) as well as biological control. Benice is a member of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, where she currently holds the position of secretary for council. While at UKZN, Benice supervised honours and masters students and has also published  a number of peer-reviewed publications.

Currently at the ICFR, she is working on developing integrated pest management strategies aimed at minimising risk to tree plantations (and in particular, looking at white grub).

Publications

Title Authors Source Year Sort ascending
Pre-harvest silk treatment with Trichoderma harzianum reduces aflatoxin contamination in sweetcorn Sivparsad BJ, Laing MD Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection DOI 10.1007/s41348-016-0037-9. 2016
Sweet potato virus disease Gubba A, Sivparsad BJ Viruses Diseases of Tropical and Sub-tropical Crops, Eds: Tennant P, Fermin G. CABI, Wallingford, UK 2015
Comparative evaluation of commercial rhizobial inoculants of soybean Sivparsad BJ, Chiuraise N, Laing MD South African Journal of Plant and Soil, DOI: 10.1080/02571862.2015.1092177 2015
Development of transgenic sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) with multiple virus resistance in South Africa (SA) Sivparsad BJ, Gubba A Transgenic Research 23 (2): 377-388 2014
Identification and distribution of viruses infecting sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the Republic of South Africa Sivparsad BJ, Gubba A South African Journal of Plant and Soil 30 (3): 179-190 2013
Molecular resolution of the genetic variability of major viruses infecting sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) in the province of Kwazulu-Natal in the Republic of South Africa Sivparsad BJ, Gubba A Crop Protection 41: 49-56 2012
Isolation, identification and molecular characterisation of an isolate of Zucchini yellow mosaic virus occurring in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Usher L, Sivparsad BJ, Gubba A South African Journal of Plant and Soil 29 (2) 65-71 2012
Isolation and Molecular Characterization of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) isolates occurring in South Africa (SA) Sivparsad BJ, Gubba A African Journal of Agricultural Research 3 (6): 428-434 2008