The Cultivar Development Division offers DNA fingerprinting as a diagnostic service to growers, nurseries and plant breeders. We are regularly approached to establish the authenticity of plant material and to determine true-to-type plants from diverse plant sources, including rootstocks. DNA fingerprinting can have far reaching influence in preventing the fraudulent commerce of plant material and in protecting plant breeder’s rights and sole grower rights.

It can also be a means by which growers can ensure that they are not provided with incorrect material, simply because this technique is quicker and not influenced by environmental conditions. For the breeders we can screen populations for the presence or absence of genes which confer resistance to the plant.

Molecular Microbiologist: Sieyaam Safodien M.Sc. (Microbiology),, (T) +27 (0) 21 809 3480/1