Gwethlyn Meyer

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Gwethlyn Meyer


Assistant Research Officer
(Crop Biology Resource Centre)

MSc (Natal)

Tel: +27-(0)31-508-7450
Role Contribute to projects dealing with in vitro culture of sugarcane, precision breeding and molecular analysis of transgenic plants.
Expertise Tissue culture of sugarcane

Precision breeding using microprojectile bombardment

DNA analysis: PCR, Southern blot analysis

Protein detection: Western blots
Research Interests Direct and indirect morphogenesis of sugarcane in vitro, in semi-solid media and temporary immersion RITA® bioreactors.

Acclimatisation of tissue culture-derived plantlets.

Production and analysis of transgenic sugarcane plants.
Key Outcomes Involvement in scaling up production of NovaCane® plants for use in regional seedcane schemes.

Use of novel explant source, leaf roll discs containing floral initials, as recipient tissue for DNA delivery.
Key Publications Snyman SJ, Meyer GM, Richards JM, Haricharan N, Ramgareeb S and Huckett BI (2006) Refining the application of direct embryogenesis in sugarcane: effect of the developmental phase of leaf disc explants and the timing of DNA transfer on transformation efficiency. Plant Cell Reports 25:1016-1023.