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.
Nkosinathi Kaptein has recently been promoted from Research Technician to Research Scientist in the Sustainable Forest Productivity Programme. He has an MSc (Agric) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where his research focussed on developing and testing an irrigation control system with a web-based interface for the management of Eucalyptus planting stock.