Year in Review: DPI’s Dr. Peggy Sieburth visits South Africa
December 27, 2013
DPI Scientist addresses meeting of citrus virologists in South Africa
In July, Dr. Peggy Sieburth, Biological Scientist IV in the Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration, attended the meeting of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists in South Africa. She presented two talks on improvements in shoot-tip grafting and real-time PCR for detection of citrus pathogens. Both talks generated much enthusiasm. She also participated in an extra session to discuss whether too many pathogens or other helpful microorganisms are removed from citrus during shoot-tip grafting.
She was also asked to review the South African certification program. Because the five-day meeting was held inside Kruger National Park, one of the challenges she faced was walking to the conference center amidst monkeys and past leopards, crocodiles and hippos on the other side of a fence. She toured citrus production regions and was encouraged when she saw healthy groves in a valley where citrus had once been wiped out by African greening.