Benice Sivparsad

Bernice Sivparsad
Project leader: Eucalypt forest protection
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).


Title Authors Source Year Sort descending
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
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
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
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
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
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
The effect of regeneration method (coppice vs replant) on the susceptibility of a Eucalyptus grandis x E.camaldulensis clone to Leptocybe invasa Sivparsad BJ, Germizhuizen I, Little K and Nadel R ICFR Technical Note 01/2018 2018
Testing alternative synthetic and natural insecticides for the management of foliar insect pests on two Eucalyptus species in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Dlamini LS, Little KM and Sivparsad BJ ICFR Bulletin Series 01/2018 2018
Insights into the epidemiology of wattle rust (Uromycladium acaciae) in South Africa: results of the 2015-2017 monitoring programme Sivparsad BJ, Nxumalo TP, Germishuizen I and Morris AR ICFR Technical Report 02/2018 2018
Towards understanding the impacts of foliar insect pests on Eucalyptus growth and the development of appropriate management strategies. Nelson Mandela University. (MSc.) Dlamini L Student Supervision - Dissertation 2018
Abundance and diversity of white grubs in KwaZulu-Natal: interim results of the 2017-2018 monitoring programme Sivparsad BJ, Germishuizen I, Conlong DE, Webster T and Morris AR ICFR Technical Note 06/2018 2018
Managing Pests and Pathogens in Regeneration by Planting: A Review Morris AR, Sivparsad BJ and Nxumalo T ICFR Bulletin Series 03/2018 2018
Quantifying the impact of foliar insects on two Eucalyptus hybrids in Zululand, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Dlamini LS, Little KM, Sivparsad B & Nadel R South African Journal of Plant and Soil 2018:1-7 2018
Pot trial 2: refined screening of alternative chemical and biological products against larvae of Schizonycha affinis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on wattle and eucalypt seedlings Sivparsad, BJ and Germishuizen, I ICFR Technical Note 03/2018 2018
Testing of synthetic and biological insecticides for the management of soil-borne insect pests during plantation establishment. Nelson Mandela University. (MSc.) Siwela E Student Supervision - Dissertation 2019
Greenhouse evaluation of Trichoderma harzianum for the control of Sclerotinia wilt (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) deBary) of sunflower Mathews JR, Sivparsad BJ and Laing MD South African Journal of Plant and Soil 2019, 36(1): 69–72 2019
"Early results of commercial eucalypt clone x chemical x site interaction trials in the Warm Temperate Forestry Zone of KwaZulu-Natal" Sivparsad BJ, Germishuizen I ICFR Confidential Report 2019/303/01 2019
Eucalypt Forest Protection - Progress Report 1 Sivparsad BJ ICFR File Note 2019/303/01 2019